NEW LONDON, Conn.--For the second time in his prolific playing career, Connecticut College senior Carlos Heros of Miami, Fla. has been honored as an Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches/NCAA Second Team All-American.
After sitting out the 2015 season due to injury, Heros exploded with 82 goals, 13 assists, 37 steals, 14 field blocks and 55 earned ejections to lead the Camels to their inaugural appearance in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship.
The Camels posted 11 wins this fall as one of the most improved clubs in the nation.
Heros scored five goals to lead the Camels to the finals of the Mid-Atlantic Conference Western Region Championship in a 19-15 victory against Salem International University November 5. He joined teammate Stephan Cress (Rockford, Mich.) on the All-Tournament Team for Connecticut College.
The improved Camels posted a pair of victories against Division I La Salle this fall and added a thrilling victory against the Lakers of Mercyhurst, a Division II Institution.
Heros accounted for 46 goals, nine assists and 25 steals for the Camels in 2014. He also had 41 earned ejections and four field blocks.
He scored five goals while adding one assist, three steals and 10 earned ejections in the Northern Division Championship at MIT in November of 2014.
Connecticut College Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson was pleased to learn of the national recognition for Heros.
"Carlos was invaluable to the program this year," Connecticut College Head Men's Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson said. "He was the best 2 meter set in Division III. I'm glad he made second-team AA as he was the focal point of a lot of our half-court offense. Finishing second in the Eastern Division III Championship was part of a great season--multiple wins over Division I and Division II schools it reaffirms that Carlos made the right decision and helping the team and coming back after having to sit out last year due to an injury. Considering he had to take a year off and the fact that he came back and dominated like he did it shows you what a great athlete he was. He was a joy to coach and did a great job as a captain of the 2016 team."
Heros wrapped up his productive collegiate career with some gaudy offensive numbers that will be difficult to replicate. The senior star from the Sunshine State accounted for 221 goals, 133 steals, 147 earned ejections and 30 assists.