Bison Men's Water Polo Star Receives Lee S. "Bud" Ranck Memorial Award at Annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet
All Six Also Recently Earns Spots on ACWPC All-Academic Team
Bison Advanced to Eastern Championship Title Game in 2012
Feature Story on Bucknell Men's Water Polo Seniors Brian Barron and Matt Napleton
Barron, Napleton, Else, Aleksic Earn Individual Awards in Recent Days
2011: Started every game but one during his junior season ... made 229 saves for a .511 save percentage ... tied for third on the team with 28 steals ... chipped in 14 assists ... had a personal high of 16 saves against George Washington ... 12 double-figure save outings ... named league's Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week five times: Sept. 7, Sept. 20, Sept. 25, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 ... selected to CWPA All-Southern Division First Team ... selected to ACWPC All-Academic Team.
2010: Split time in goal with senior Miles Gilhuly ... typically played the second half of games ... drew five starts and appeared in 20 contests overall ... made 77 saves and posted a team-best .481 save percentage ... eclipsed the 100 career save plateau ... season-high eight saves came in Southern Championships vs. Mercyhurst ... six outings with at least five saves ... played all 32 minutes in a game just once (vs. Pacific) ... shared team's Defensive MVP award with fellow netminder Miles Gilhuly ... member of CWPA Scholar-Athlete and ACWPC All-Academic Teams.
2009: Backup goalie who saw limited playing time as a freshman behind All-American Nick Donahue and experienced junior Miles Gilhuly ... appeared in seven games, making one start vs. Penn State Behrend ... played all 32 minutes of victory over Penn State Behrend and stopped 10 shots to record seventh shutout in program history ... led team with .543 save percentage ... member of CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team.
High School: Participated in swimming and golf in addition to water polo at Fenwick High School ... started on three state championship water polo teams ... Third Team All-America selection as a senior ... two-time all-state selection ... goalie who posted a 2.2 goals-against average as a senior ... helped team set a record for fewest goals allowed in state tournament (10 goals in three games) ... high school teammate of fellow Bison senior Brian Barron.
Personal: Matthew Paul Napleton ... born May 7, 1990 in Palos Heights, Ill. ... son of Steve and Carol Napleton ... has seven siblings ... majoring in economics and political science.