NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Based on a vote of the Gael Nation and Iona College water polo fans, the school recently announced the results of who was elected to the 2010s All-Decade Team. These student-athletes participated in the 2011 through 2020 water polo seasons.
Below are the top vote-getters who were selected as members of the Water Polo 2010s All-Decade Team. The student-athletes were broken down in positions of goalies and position players
Jake Lloyd (2011-14)
As a freshman Jake Lloyd appeared in all 29 games, led the team with 158 shots, tallied 57 goals and 11 assists for 68 total points on the defensive side he registered 23 steals, drew six kickouts, and had a team-high 20 blocks. In his second season he was named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) All-North Second Team. Appeared in 24 games credited with 144 shots, recording team high 69 points on 64 goals and five assists, also credited with 29 steals, 15 kick outs, and 18 blocks.
The Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, native’s junior year was his best year yet as he garnered CWPA All-North Second Team recognition. He appeared in 34 games for the Gaels, led Iona with 89 goals and tallied 13 assists for a total of 102 points. Collected 15 steals and 14 field blocks. In his last year with the Maroon & Gold he topped what he did the year before with a career best 121 points, leading the team goals once again (112) the senior also led the team with 40 steals and 30 blocks.
Zach Presto (2012-15)
In his first year in New Rochelle, Presto appeared in 24 games, attempted 36 shots, recorded 21 points on 17 goals and four assists, while also notching 11 steals and 16 kick-outs. In his sophomore season, he appeared in 28 games for the Gaels with 33 goals, 12 assists, 45 points, 17 steals, six field blocks and five kick-outs drawn.
As a junior, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native appeared in 25 games for the Maroon & Gold with 40 goals, 16 assists, 56 points, 20 steals, six kick-outs drawn and eight field blocks.
Zach Roper (2014-17)
Roper had a slow start to his career, appearing in 20 games for the Gaels in his rookie season. He scored six goals, added three assists, netted nine points, collected three steals and was credited with three kick-outs drawn in his rookie season. However, he would flip a switch his junior year and became one of the Maroon & Gold’s top offensive weapons his last two years.
In his junior year, the Orland Park, Illinois, native appeared in all 31 games for the Gaels with 58 goals, 30 assists, 88 points, a team high 41 kick-outs drawn and 24 steals. Further, he registered nine games with three or more goals and recorded eight games with four or more points.
In his final season in New Rochelle, Roper collected All-Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Second Team status and was an Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic team selection.
During his final run, he appeared in all 29 games for the Gaels and tied for second on the team with 44 goals on 142 shots. He led the team with 45 kick-outs drawn and added 27 steals. Further, Roper ccored at least one goal in 22 games and also scored two or more goals 14 times.
Marc Stauble (2014-17)
Just like Roper, Stauble also had a slow start to his time with the Maroon & Gold as he appeared in nine games with two goals, one kick-out drawn and three steals as a freshman. He also found his rhythm during his junior year to snag All-NWPC Second Team and ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention status.
As a junior, the Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, native appeared in all 31 games for the Maroon & Gold and ranked second on the team with 55 goals scored. Stauble tacked on 19 assists and led all Iona offensive players with 46 steals, while also tying for the team-lead with 41 kick-outs drawn. In addition, he recorded multi-goal games 13 times throughout the 2016 season.
In his final year with the Gaels, Stauble appeared in 21 games with 36 goals on 103 shots, 14 assists, 32 steals and 12 kick-outs drawn. Overall, he scored in every game he appeared in during his final season in New Rochelle and recorded 11 multi-goal performances.
Ian Thompson (2011-14)
A Lansdale, Pennsylvania, native, Thompson in his first two years appeared in 52 games, recorded 27 goals and three assists for an even 30 points. He added 20 steals, 11 blocks and 41 drawn kick-outs. However, he hit his stride in his junior campaign by appearing in 33 games for the Gaels with 45 goals and four assists for a total of 49 points with five field blocks and nine steals. In addition, he led the team with 56 kick outs drawn.
His final season was one of his best as Thompson appeared in 28 games with 38 goals and nine assists for 47 points. More remarkably, he drew a staggering 82 kick-outs.
Quinn Lloyd (2016-19)
In his first year as a Gael, Lloyd was third on the team with 35 goals and added six assists for a total of 41 points. The Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, native also added 17 steals and 10 drawn kick outs. In his second season, he twice collected NWPC Player of the Week honors (October 25, November 2) and appeared in all 29 games for Iona. As a sophomore, he was tied for second on the team with 44 goals – scoring four goals on four occasions – while also finishing second on the team with 48 steals.
In the junior season, Lloyd appeared in all 33 games for the Maroon & Gold. He established a career-best with 55 goals on 159 shots to accompany 24 steals and 24 kick-outs drawn. He scored at least four goals three times and netted a career-best five goals against Penn State Behrend – one of 16 multi-game games in this third season for the Gaels.
He did not slow down for his senior year as he was a NWPC Championship All-Tournament Second Team selection. In his final season at Iona, he appeared and started all 29 games. He tied for second on the team with 60 points off 36 goals and 24 assists, while also finishing as the runner-up in steals (37) to accompany a team-high 15 field blocks. Overall, Lloyd scored in 21 different games and recorded five games with a perfect shot percentage during his concluding season in New Rochelle.
Stefen Hill (2010-13)
Hill established himself as a preeminent netminder at Iona during his rookie season as the first-year earned CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week and snagged the division Rookie of the Year award. In his inaugural season in the Maroon & Gold, he recorded 159 saves in 23 games to go along with a 9.66 goals against average and .430 save percentage. He also assisted on five goals and was responsible for 12 steals.
As a sophomore, he appeared in all 29 games and recorded 286 saves with an 11.04 goals against average and .478 save percentage. In addition, he assisted on eight goals and registered 16 steals.
He appeared in 24 games, recorded 209 saves, posted a 12.70 goals against average and .430 save percentage as a junior..
In his final season with Iona, the Shillington, Pennsylvania, native appeared in 31 games. He posted 270 saves, a 12.00 goals against average and a .410 save percentage to go along with 18 steals.
Information courtesy Iona College Athletics Communications