LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head coach John McBride announced Thursday that four student-athletes will join the Bucknell women’s water polo team for the 2019 season.
The incoming freshmen hail from four different states. Two played for the same club program while one is the younger sister of Bison standout Ally Furano.
In 2018, Bucknell posted a 16-18 (3-5 CWPA) record and was ranked No. 22 in the final CWPA poll. The Bison finished fifth at the CWPA Championship, toppling their final three opponents by a combined margin of 35-13. They lose starting netminder Manuela Herrera and two of their top-five point producers in Colleen Barron and All-CWPA Second Team pick Marta Considine to graduation.
Houston, Texas, Clear Brook High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner in water polo and swimming & diving at Clear Brook High School … three-year team captain and All-State First Team selection … helped Clear Brook qualify for three Texas State Water Polo Championships … named MVP of the 2017 South Region Championship (Houston area) … competed for Rose Bowl Water Polo during the summer.
Personal: Rachel Francis Craig … born March 2, 2000 in Webster, Texas … daughter of Annette Craig … has two older brothers: Ryan and Nathan.
Stamford, Conn., The Ursuline School (N.Y.)
Before Bucknell: Participated in the 2016 and 2015 ODP Cadet National Selection Camps … took part in the 2014 ODP Development National Selection Camp … helped Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo Club place 11th (2016) and 13th (2017) at the Junior Olympics … four-year letterwinner in swimming & diving at The Ursuline School … four-time New York State Divisional Swimming Championship qualifier … Connecticut Swimming Age Group qualifier … four-time Academic All-American.
Personal: Paige Elizabeth Furano … born March 21, 2000 in Stamford, Conn. … daughter of Anthony and Christine Furano … mother Christine played tennis at Georgetown … uncle John played football at Brown and for the New York Jets … aunt Sydney played tennis at Connecticut … aunt Susan competed in squash at Colgate … has two siblings: Ally and Matthew … older sister Ally is a member of the Bucknell women’s water polo team’s class of 2021.
New Rochelle, N.Y., Rye Neck High School
Before Bucknell: Helped Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo Club place 11th (2016) and 13th (2017) at the Junior Olympics … trained with Tas, an elite Serbian Water Polo Club, in August 2016 … four-year letterwinner in swimming & diving at Rye Neck High School … captained team in 2017 … two-time New York State Sectional Swimming Championship qualifier.
Personal: Larissa Hodzic … born March 21, 2000 in White Plains, N.Y. … daughter of Ranko and Enisa Hodzic … has two older siblings: Samir and Damir … family is originally from Podgorica, Montenegro … was the only one of her siblings born in the United States.
Redwood, Calif., The Castilleja School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in water polo and swimming & diving at the Castilleja School … captained both squads as a senior … 2017 CCS Senior All-Star Game participant … 2016 CCS First Team selection … 2016 Peninsula Athletic League Most Valuable Goalie … helped the Gators win three-straight Peninsula Athletic League titles from 2015 to 2017 and reach the CCS Division 2 semifinals in 2016 and 2015 and the CCS Open Division quarterfinals in 2017 … 2016 and 2015 Castilleja School MVP … also competed for the Stanford Water Polo Club … 2017 and 2016 USA Water Polo Academic All-American.
Personal: Georgia Honour MacGregor Lewis … daughter of Nydia MacGregor and Nat Lewis … born May 18, 2000 in Berkeley, Calif. … has one older sister: Madison MacGregor.