RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Not every day does a collegiate water polo program walk into a recruiting class with a high school All-American goalie, two CIF players of the year, a 6’9” two-meter man and a member of the Canadian junior national team. This year, Rick Rowland and California Baptist University did, leading to one of their most successful recruiting classes in program history.
Rowland secured five incoming athletes, including a goalie, three attackers and a promising two-meter man.
Joseph Moorman joins the Lancers after a successful career at Martin Luther King High. Moorman holds the CIF-Southern Section record for saves in a season (459) and a career (1,203). He was the 2012 CIF-SS Div. III player of the year and was named the 2012 Press Enterprise Boys Water Polo player of the year.
“Joey is an Elite level goalie coming out of high school and club,” said Rowland. “He has a shown a strong balance of being able to lead his team both in and out of the water.”
Brent Teraoka comes to CBU from Buchannan High is Clovis, Calif. He was the CIF-Central Section Div. I player of the year in 2012 and a 2012 USA Junior Olympics All-American.
“Brent is one of the top dual sport athletes coming out of the Central Valley this year. He has both the size and quickness needed to compete at the collegiate level,” said Rowland. “Over the past year he has proven he has the ability to step up in crunch time, scoring the winning goal in overtime of the CIF central section championship game and being named section MVP.”
Tucker Angelo is the second attacker that is set to join the Lancers next season. Angelo was named to the 2012 East Bay Athletic League first team and the CIF-North Coast Section Div. I first team. He also won the Jody Campbell Award at the 2008 Speedo Cup.
“Tucker scored over 100 goals in a season as an all-around player at De La Salle high school,” said Rowland. “He has a deft perimeter shot and strong post up skills. Tucker is a skilled player that will develop into a solid utility player as he adjusts to the college game.”
Bruno Ziger is a member of the Canadian junior national team, and he played for V.K. Salona, who won the gold medal in the 2012 Croatian senior men’s summer league.
“Bruno will develop into a solid utility player for us as he has great all-around offensive and defensive skills. He is fundamentally sound and has international experience but also understands the American game well,” said Rowland.
The final recruit entering the program next year is 6’9” two-meter man Ian Fuller. Fuller played for Mission San Jose High in San Jose, Calif. He was all-league first team last year and also made the 2012 CIF North Coast Section Div. I third team. Fuller’s size can help him develop into a formidable force in the inside water.
“Ian is a 6’9” two-meter man that has so much potential; he has the size to compete against the big Division I programs,” said Rowland. “He will continue to develop over the summer and bring that big B-52 size that every team wants.”
All five of these players will fill in some key spots that last season’s graduating seniors left open. They will help the Lancers battle the tough programs they will face in their first season in the Western Water Polo Association.