ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
6 - Ben Zepfel
Ben Zepfel
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.
High School: Corona del Mar
Position: 2-Meter

Career Highs
Goals:
5 (2x) vs. Brown (11/17/12)
Assist:
1 (10x) vs. Brown (11/17/12)
Steals:
4 at MIT (9/21/12)

2012 (Freshman)
Earned CWPA Northern Division First Team honors  ... Named team Most Valuable Player ... Led team in goals with 78 ... Also had 10 assists and 41 steals ... Recorded an assist and a steal versus Diablo Valley College Sept. 1 at the Labor Day Invite ... Had a goal and an assist versus MIT and a goal against Yale in the other two games at the Labor Day Invite ... Tallied two goals, one assist and one steal against California Lutheran Sept. 7 … Scored one goal and recorded two assists against Princeton Sept. 8 … Notched one goal and two steals against California Sept. 8 … Notched one goal and two steals against Johns Hopkins Sept. 9 ... Recorded two goals and two steals against Bucknell Sept. 15 … Scored a career-high five goals and tallied one steal in a win over Mercyhurst Sept. 15 … Registered four goals and one steal in a win over George Washington Sept. 16 ... Earned CWPA Rookie of the Week honors after contributing 11 goals and four steals in the North-South Challenge ... Recorded four goals, one assist and four steals in a win against MIT Sept. 21 ... Notched two goals anf one assist in a win over Fordham and also tallied three goals and three steals in a win over Iona Sept. 22 ... Scored three goals at Connecticut College Sept. 23 ... Sparked the Crimson with four goals, one assist and three steals Sept. 29 … Scored three goals in a victory over Johns Hopkins Sept. 29 … Scored two goals in a victory over Toronto and also four goals and one steal against Bucknell Sept. 30 ... Scored one goal against Long Beach State and recorded two goals and one assist against Pomona-Pitzer Oct. 5 … Scored one goal against Loyola-Marymount and also tallied one assist against Claremont-M-S Oct. 6 … Scored two goals and registered one steal against UC Santa Barbara Oct. 7 ... Contributed four goals and a steal versus Brown Oct. 11 ... Garnered second CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week for the week of Oct. 15 ... Scored two goals and had three steals at St. Francis and also registered one goal and one steal against Mercyhurst Oct. 20 ... Tallied a hat trick, one assist and one steal versus Penn Oct. 27 ... Netted a goal to up his season total to 60 versus Brown Oct. 28 ... Scored three goals and tallied three steals in a win over Fordham Nov. 3 … Scored  four goals and registered three steals against St. Francis Nov. 3 … Scored three goals and tallied one steal against MIT Nov. 4 ... Named CWPA Rookie of the Week for a third time Nov. 6 ... Tallied two goals and a steal at the Eastern Championships against Bucknell Nov. 16 ... Matched his career-high with five goals and added one assist and three steals versus Brown Nov. 17 ... Netted a goal and three steals against Brown Nov. 18 ... Named to the CWPA Eastern Tournament second team after tallying eight goals, one assist and seven steals in three games ... Named COOP Athlete of the Week Nov. 19 ... Won his fourth CWPA Rookie of the Week Award Nov. 19.  

Before Harvard
Member of the 2012 USA Water Polo Men's Junior/Youth National team ... Played on the So Cal Water Polo Club that won the U18 National Club Championships in 2012 and placed fifth at the U18 National Junior Olympics in the Platium Division ... Lettered in water polo and swimming at Corona del Mar ... Captained the water polo team as a senior ... Member of the CIF Division II championship team in 2010 ... His water polo teams won four Pacific Coast League championships (2008-2011) ... Traveled to Auckland, New Zealand with the U18 boys team that finished third at the 2010 Pan Pacific Tournament ... Member of water polo teams that finished second (2011) and fourth (2010) at the S&R Cup Southern California Invitational Water Polo Tournament ... Named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior ... First team All-Southern California, first team All-CIF Southern Section Division II and second team All-America selection as a senior ... Chosen as the Pacific Coast League’s MVP in 2011 ... Named to the Los Angeles Times – Daily Pilot Dream Team, Orange County Register/OCVarsity.com All-County second team and varsity CIF Team ... The Orange County Jewish Sports Hall of Fame named him the 2011 Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Recognized by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 15 athletes ... Outstanding Performance Award winner as a junior and Academic Excellence Award honoree for all four years ... USA Water Polo Academic All-American and Oustanding Achiever as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Valedictorian, National Merit finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction ('11) and National AP Scholar ('12) ... Earned Academic Lamp with Highest Honors and Academic Letter with Honors ... Member of the Principal’s Honor Roll ... Earned a top 15 scholarship award from the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce ... Brother, Evan Zepfel ’12, was a member of the Harvard water polo team ... Sister, Adina Zepfel, played water polo at George Washington as a freshman ... Cousin, Ted Zepfel, was an All-American water polo player at Southern California and helped the Trojans to national titles in 2003 and 2005 ... Cousin, Andrew Zepfel, played water polo at Claremont McKenna College and was a ACWPC Division III All-American.