Dec. 2, 2008
WOODLAND, Calif. - Senior attacker Krsto Sbutega of the UCLA men's water polo team has earned first-team All-MPSF honors, and junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin has been named a second-team All-MPSF selection, as announced by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) on Tuesday.
Sbutega captured All-MPSF honors for the third-consecutive season - Sbutega was a first-team selection in 2006 and a second-team honoree in 2007. Sbutega finished his senior campaign with 50 goals on 124 attempts, scoring at a 40 percent clip. The senior attacker scored in each of UCLA's final 12 games, totaling 28 goals in that span, and earned MPSF All-Tournament Team honors earlier this week.
Sbutega's 50 goals were the most by a Bruin since Brett Ormsby logged 70 goals in 2004. The product of Kotor, Montenegro finished third in the MPSF in scoring average (2.08 goals per game). With his three-goal effort against Stanford on Sunday, Sbutega moved into fifth place on UCLA's career goals list with 143.
Lapin earned second-team All-MPSF accolades for the third consecutive season. The junior goalkeeper compiled a 6.35 goals against average in 2008, registering 206 saves in 23 games (703 minutes, 39 seconds). Lapin totaled 10 or more saves in 12 contests, including a career-high-tying 15 saves in back-to-back efforts - against Long Beach State (Oct. 4) and versus Loyola Marymount (Oct. 9).
Lapin's 206 saves this season ranks eighth on UCLA's single-season saves list. The Long Beach, Calif., resident also owns the 10th-best single-season saves mark, having totaled 198 saves as a sophomore in 2007.
Stanford's Jimmie Sandman and USC's J.W. Krumpholz earned MPSF Co-Player of the Year honors. Pepperdine's Jack Kocur and USC's Jovan Vavic were named MPSF Co-Coach of the Year selections.
UCLA concluded its 2008 campaign with a 16-8 record, finishing fourth in both the MPSF regular-season standings and MPSF Tournament.