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Cal Lutheran water polo's Jordan Card, Adrienne Ingalla earn All-American honors

Water Polo: Burbank, Crescenta Valley products garner national status after sensational sophomore campaigns.

July 20, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Jordan Card, a Burbank High graduate, was named to the 2013 Assn. of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches NCAA Division III All-American team this week. (Courtesy of Tracy Maple)
Jordan Card, a Burbank High graduate, was named to the…

From the Pacific League to All-Area to All-CIF honors, high school accolades stemming from their exploits in the world of water polo have come in abundance for Jordan Card and Adrienne Ingalla.

But both Cal Lutheran water polo players were quick to admit their surprise, if not shock, when they were recently bestowed NCAA All-American recognition.

Card, a Burbank High graduate, and Ingalla, a Crescenta Valley product, were named to the 2013 Assn. of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches NCAA Division III All-American team. Card, a sophomore center, was a second-team selection, while Ingalla, a sophomore defender, was an honorable mention as part of a quintet of Regals to receive All-American status.

“It was really surprising,” Ingalla said. “I was shocked and surprised when I found out I was an All-American.”

Card was equally stunned, perhaps more so considering she wasn’t even recognized with an All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honor, as Ingalla was.

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“Honestly, I was dumbstruck,” Card said. “I was so upset with the All-SCIAC. Then I got All-American, so I was like, ‘I guess I didn’t get jipped after all.’”

Card and Ingalla were joined by teammates Jane Galluzzi, Morgan McCardell and Kylee Tomasetti, who were honorable mention picks.

Cal Lutheran finished 13-15 on the season and went 7-4 in the SCIAC, which was won by Pomona Pitzer.

“I think it’s a testament to how hard our team worked and how well we did even if we didn’t win SCIAC,” said Ingalla of a Cal Lutheran squad that had just four seniors on its 19-woman roster. “I think for as young a team as we were, we were very strong.”

Card actually came off the bench in favor of a senior starter, as the former Pacific League Player of the Year, All-CIF and All-Area selection got just four starts on the season. She did plenty with them, however.

“She had a breakout year,” Ingalla said of Card, who scored a Burbank school-record 132 goals in her 2011 senior season.

As a sophomore for Cal Lutheran, Card led the Regals with 45 goals and added 12 assists and drew a team-best 54 exclusions. During a span that ran from March 8 through April 13, Card scored in 12 straight matches for the Regals, including a career-high six-goal performance March 9 against Cal State San Bernardino.

While Card led the team offensively, Ingalla very much led Cal Lutheran defensively.

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