Jan. 30, 2009

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Athletics

BALTIMORE, Md. - Johns Hopkins water polo senior Josh Kratz (Landsdale, PA/North Penn) has been named the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III Player of the Year. In addition, head coach Ted Bresnahan was named the Division III Coach of the Year. Kratz earned First Team All-America honors as well, leading a quartet of Blue Jays to earn All-America honors.

Joining Kratz on the All-America First Team are seniors Alex Bond (North Wales, PA/Germantown Academy) and Chris Hutchens (Granite Bay, CA/Bellarmine Prep). While junior Kyle Gertridge (Gunn Prep, CA /Paolo Alto) earns Honorable Mention All-America honors. The four All-America selections are the most in a single-season in program history, as are the three first team selections.

Kratz captained Hopkins to a 17-17 overall record, the 2008 Division III Eastern Championship and a #1 ranking in the final Division III poll of the season. He led the Blue Jays with a career-high 102 points this season, as well as ranking second on the team in goals (60) and assists (42). He finished with 30 ejections drawn and 26 steals. Kratz finished his career ranked 15th in program history with 111 career goals. He is the third player from Hopkins to earn Division III Player of the Year honors, joining Brian Mead '04 and Sean McCreery '07. In fact, this is the fifth consecutive year that a Blue Jay has earned the honor. Mead took home Player of the Year honors in 2004, before McCreery claimed the honor in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
 
Bresnahan earns national Coach of the Year honors for the second time, having earned the honor in 2005. He has been at the helm of the Blue Jay water polo program for 18 of its 21 years. Bresnahan has guided Hopkins to a record of 252-244 (.508) during his tenure, including 11 Division III Eastern Championships.

Bond, the team's leader on defense and a captain this season, scored 21 goals and a team-best 45 assists in 2008. One of the best two-meter defenders in program history, he guarded the opponent's best player week in and week out. Bond also registered 21 steals and 25 ejections drawn. He earned CWPA Southern Division Co-Player of the Week honors after helping Hopkins to a third place finish at the Southern Championships.

Hutchens is the first Hopkins goalie to earn All-America honors since Mitch Williams in 2004 and is the first to earn first team honors since Craig Smith in 2002. He finished the season ranked fourth in the nation (among all divisions) in saves with 312. Hutchens led the team with 43 steals, while also blocking 15 penalties. He had 10 or more saves in 10 matches this season and earned First Team All-Tournament honors at the 2008 Division III Eastern Championships.

Gertridge earns honorable mention honors after a breakout year. After scoring just 32 goals combined in his first two seasons, Gertridge exploded for 57 goals in 2008, while also chipping in 20 assists for 77 total points. He also had 19 steals and 10 ejections drawn. He earned First Team All-Tournament honors at the 2008 Division III Eastern Championships after scoring nine goals in three matches. He currently ranks 18th in program history with 89 career games.