Ormsby Named First-Team All-American

Dec. 23, 2003

Three members of the UCLA men's water polo team were named to the American Water Polo Coaches All-America teams as announced on Tuesday.

Junior driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) was named to the All-America First Team for the second straight season. Ormsby led UCLA with 70 goals this season, which ranks sixth in the Bruin record books. He was also tops on the team with 35 steals and 13 field saves. His 17 assists ranked second among Bruins in 2003. His goal output ranked second in the MPSF along with UCSB's Brian Alexander, helping him to earn his second consecutive All-MPSF First Team honors. He averaged 2.59 goals per game, which ranked third in the conference. Ormsby was the only Bruin to earn two MPSF Player of the Week honors in 2003. He has been honored by the conference five times in his career.

Junior goalkeeper Joseph Axelrad (Studio Cty/Harvard Westlake) was selected as an All-America Honorable Mention in his first season as the Bruins' starting netminder. He was also named to the All-MPSF Third Team. Axelrad ranked second in the conference this season with a 6.04 goals against average. With that total, Axelrad ranks sixth among Bruins in single season goals against. He posted 173 saves in 25 matches to average 6.92 per game. Axelrad only allowed his opponents to score in double digits once in 2003 and never allowed it in a non-overtime contest. He never allowed more than 10 goals in any match.

Sophomore center defender Michael March (Newport Coast/Corona del Mar) was also named an All-America honorable mention after also joining Axelrad on the All-MPSF Third Team after the conclusion of the season. March led the Bruins with 24 assists in 2003 and ranked fourth with 19 goals scored. March posted a hat trick to lead UCLA to a 7-5 victory over Pepperdine in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift UCLA to a win over then top-ranked California. He was named the MPSF Player of the Week for his performance.

Stanford's Tony Azevedo picked up his third consecutive Division I Player of the Year honors, while USC's Jovan Vavic was named the Division I Coach of the Year. The Trojans, who won the NCAA National Championship on December 7th, placed three athletes on the first team.

All-America First Team
Tony Azevedo, Stanford
Attila Banhidy, California
Predrag Damjanov, USC
Brett Ormsby, UCLA
Jesse Smith, Pepperdine
Juraj Zatovic, USC
Bozidar Damjanovic, USC (GK)

All-America Second Team
Nathan Allard, Long Beach State
Mike Derse, Stanford
Mike Hausmann, Pepperdine
Dan Noon, UC Irvine
Will Quist, California
Endre Rex-Kiss, Loyola Marymount
Chad Taylor, Stanford (GK)

All-America Third Team
Brian Alexander, UC Santa Barbara
Joe Donahue, Navy
Erik Geoffroy, Long Beach State
Rick Merlo, UC Irvine
Chris Przekota, Iona College
James Shin, USC
Peter Sabbatini, Princeton (GK)

All-America Honorable Mention
Joseph Axelrad, UCLA (GK)
Scott Butler, Air Force
Gergely Fabian, St. Francis
Gadi Hadar, USC
Jonathan Hopkins, UC San Diego
Thomas Hopkins, Stanford
Vanja Kalabic, BYU-Hawaii
Mikhail Klochkov, Queens
Michael March, UCLA
Matt Moore, Cal Baptist
John Stover, Princeton
Eddie Wieniewski, Pacific


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