UCLA's Krsto Sbutega Earns First-Team All-America Honors

Jan. 30, 2009

BREA, Calif. - Senior attacker Krsto Sbutega of the UCLA men's water polo team has earned first-team NCAA Division I All-America honors, as announced Friday by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). Sbutega earned third-team honors in 2006 and honorable mention accolades in 2007.

Junior Chay Lapin and Scott Davidson and sophomore Ben Hohl gained honorable mention All-America distinction.

Sbutega led UCLA with 50 goals, 25 steals and 14 assists as one of three seniors in 2008. He earned All-MPSF honors for the third consecutive season after having started all 24 matches for the Bruins. Sbutega, who hails from Kotor, Montenegro, was named an honorable mention All-America selection in 2006 and 2007.

Following the 2008 season, Sbutega was selected as one of three finalists for the Peter J. Cutino Men's National Player of the Year Award, as announced by The Olympic Club. The award's recipient will be announced in June at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Sbutega was the first Bruin to capture first-team All-America honors since Michael March in 2006.

Lapin recorded a 6.35 goals against average in 2008, starting 23 games in the cage for UCLA. Lapin earned second-team All-MPSF honors for the third straight fall, collecting 206 saves in 703 minutes, 39 seconds. The Long Beach, Calif., native earned honorable mention accolades for the second season (2006) and was named a third-team All-America selection in 2007.

Davidson scored 34 goals, the second-highest total on the team, in all 24 matches (23 starts). The junior from Seal Beach, Calif., registered 19 steals and 13 earned exclusions. Davidson finished the 2008 season with 10 multiple-goal games, including a career-high five goal performance in an MPSF win at Pacific. Davidson was named an honorable mention All-America selection for the second straight season.

Hohl totaled 33 goals, the third-highest total on the team, in 24 starts. The sophomore from Atherton, Calif., netted 16 steals, 10 assists, nine earned exclusions and six blocks. Hohl, who scored in 18 of UCLA's 24 matches, tallied eight multiple-goal games in 2008.


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