BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Johns Hopkins University goalies Danny Ovelar (Fr., Caracas, Venezuela/Emil Friedman) and Scott Weigel (Fr., Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) combined to knock off two Top 20-ranked teams in a Collegiate Waer Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division weekend to earn shares of the Men's Varsity Southern Division Rookie of the Week award.
In a 2-1 weekend for the Blue Jays, Ovelar totaled 22 saves with five steals and one assist in six quarters of action.
On Friday night at home in the Newton-White Athletic Center, he made five saves, including a stop on a five-meter shot with 26 seconds left in a tie game, in just two quarters of play in an 11-10 victory over No. 13-ranked and previously undefeated Princeton University. Ovelar factored on both ends of the tank as he assisted on sophomore Stephen Kingery’s game-winning goal with just one second on the clock while also adding a pair of steals against the Tigers.
The next afternoon, he made nine saves and allowed just four goals, with one steal in two quarters of play in Baltimore as JHU beat No. 18-ranked Bucknell University, 11-9, in overtime. In the nightcap, Ovelar made eight stops and had a pair of steals in two quarters as Hopkins was edged, 14-13, by host George Washington University.
A three-time honoree in only his fourth week of varsity competition, Ovelar previously shared the September 5 Southern Division Rookie of the Week award with teammate/classmate John "Wes" Hopkins (Fr., Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and earned the September 12 Defensive Player of the Week outright.
Garnering his first weekly award from the CWPA, Weigel had an outstanding week for the Blue Jays by making 20 saves, grabbing seven steals and dishing out a pair of assists in six quarters.
Against Princeton, he notched six saves and allowed just three goals and had a steal in two quarters of play. On Saturday, he made seven saves and allowed five goals with three steals in two quarters versus Bucknell before recording seven stops with three steals and two helpers, while allowing five goals, at George Washington.
September 26 Southern Division Rookie of the Week Honor Roll: Nathan Bean (Gannon University); Samuel Lopez (Mercyhurst College)