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UCLA's Michael March, Krsto Sbutega Earn All-MPSF First-Team Honors

Dec. 1, 2006

Los Angeles - Senior defender Michael March and sophomore attacker Krsto Sbutega captured All-MPSF first-team honors, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced this week. In addition, junior center Marco Santos and freshman goalkeeper Chay Lapin were named to the conference's second team, senior center Grant Zider was selected to the third team and senior Logan Powell and junior utility player Justin Johnson captured honorable mention accolades.

March finished his senior campaign fourth on the team with 25 goals on 69 attempts. The Newport Coast, Calif., resident returned this fall after having missed the entire 2005 season with a back injury. March added 16 steals, 15 assists and 10 blocks for the Bruins. The fifth-year senior finished his career at UCLA with 87 goals in 101 games.

Sbutega recorded 30 goals, second-most on the team, on a team-high 92 attempts. He collected a team-leading 21 assists and 17 steals and also registered four blocks. Born in Kotor, Yugoslavia, the European product has tallied 58 goals and 26 steals in 52 career matches.

Santos, a second-team selection, scored 27 goals on 63 attempts at the center position. He added 11 steals and collected 36 earned exclusions for the Bruins. Santos, born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, has accumulated 54 goals, 21 steals and 17 assists in 83 career games.

Lapin posted a team-best 4.87 goals against average as a redshirt freshman in 2006. The Long Beach, Calif., resident collected 110 saves in 453:13 minutes in the cage. Lapin started 15 matches at goalkeeper for the Bruins and was the only freshman to be selected to either the All-MPSF first or second team.

Zider tallied 22 goals (tied for fifth-most on the team) on 44 attempts, good for a team-best 50 percent rate. He added nine steals, five blocks and 13 earned exclusions at the center position. Zider finished his UCLA career with 77 goals on 184 attempts (41.8 percent) in 94 career matches.

Powell led the Bruins with 34 goals on 79 attempts. He totaled 14 assists, 10 steals, six blocks and 19 earned exclusions. The left-handed attacker scored five goals on two occasions, registered one four-goal performance, and collected 11 multiple-goal efforts. The San Clemente, Calif., native finished his career with 88 goals and 52 assists in 94 career games.

Johnson recorded 15 goals on 31 attempts, good for a 48 percent rate. He added 12 steals and 17 earned exclusions in all 23 games. The Mission Viejo, Calif., resident has tallied 39 goals and 27 steals in 48 career contests.

The third-ranked UCLA squad finished the season 17-6 overall, picking up third-place finishes in the NorCal and SoCal Tournaments as well as the MPSF Tournament. The Bruins tallied a 6-2 MPSF conference record and finished the season having won seven of their final eight games.

2006 All-MPSF First Team

Player School Year Position
Michael March UCLA Senior Defender
Krsto Sbutega UCLA Sophomore Attacker
John Mann California Senior 2-Meter Offense
Will Hindle-Katel Stanford Sophomore Utility
Juan Delgadillo USC Senior Driver
Thomas Hale USC Senior Driver
Adam Shilling USC Junior Goalkeeper

2006 All-MPSF Second Team

Player School Year Position
Chay Lapin UCLA Freshman Defender
Marco Santos UCLA Junior Center
Brian Kinsel California Senior 2-Meter Offense
Andrija Vasiljevic California Senior Driver
Jay Gerardi Long Beach State Senior Attacker
Colin Mello UC Irvine Junior Driver
Ross Sinclair UC Santa Barbara Junior Driver
Tommy Corcoran USC Junior 2-Meter Offense

2006 All-MPSF Third Team

Player School Year Position
Grant Zider UCLA Senior Center
Marty Matthies California Senior 2-Meter Defense
Mark Sheredy California Junior Goalkeeper
Dragan Bakic Pacific Junior Utility
Duje Kaurloto Pacific Junior Attacker
J.J. Garton Stanford Junior Utility
Janson Wigo Stanford Freshman Driver
Jovan Vranes USC Sophomore 2-Meter Defense

2006 All-MPSF Honorable Mention

Player School Year Position
Justin Johnson UCLA Junior Utility
Logan Powell UCLA Senior Attacker
Jeff Tyrell California Junior 2-Meter Defense
John Paul MacDonald Pepperdine Freshman Driver
Tyler Drake Stanford Senior Attacker
Drac Wigo Stanford Freshman Driver
Rich Wright UC Santa Barbara Junior Goalie
Zsombor Vincze UC Santa Barbara Freshman Driver
Pavol Valovic USC Senior Driver

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