Jan. 2, 2007
Los Angeles - The third-ranked UCLA men's water polo team had six players named to the 2006 ACWPC All-America Teams, the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches announced last week. Senior Michael March earned first-team honors, senior Logan Powell gained second team accolades and sophomore Krsto Sbutega captured third-team honors. Senior Grant Zider, junior Marco Santos and freshman Chay Lapin were named to the honorable mention All-America team.
March, a senior from Newport Coast, Calif., earned All-America accolades for the third time in his career. After leading the Bruins to the 2004 NCAA Championship, March was named a third-team All-American. In 2003, he was selected as an All-America honorable mention. March, a first-team All-MPSF selection, finished his senior campaign with 25 goals on 69 attempts after having missed the 2005 season with a back injury. The fifth-year senior finished his UCLA career with 87 goals in 101 games.
Powell, a senior from San Clemente, Calif., captured All-America honors for the second-consecutive season. In 2005, the left-handed attacker was named an All-America honorable mention. Powell led the 2006 squad with 34 goals on 79 attempts and added 14 assists, 10 steals and six blocks. He tallied five goals on two occasions and collected 11 multiple-goal efforts. Powell finished his UCLA career with 88 goals and 52 assists in 94 games.
Sbutega, a sophomore from Rome, Italy, gained All-America accolades for the first time. A third-team selection, Sbutega recorded 30 goals, second-most on the squad, on a team-high 92 attempts. He collected a team-leading 21 assists and 17 steals. Born in Kotor, Yugoslavia, the European product has registered 58 goals and 26 steals in 52 career matches.
Zider, a senior from Portola Valley, Calif., was named an All-America honorable mention for the second-consecutive season. Zider tallied 22 goals (tied for fifth-most on the team) on 44 attempts. He collected nine steals, five blocks and 13 earned exclusions for the Bruins. Zider finished his UCLA career with 77 goals on 184 attempts (41.8 percent) in 94 career matches.
Santos, a junior from Miami Beach, Fla., was selected an All-America honorable mention for the first time. Having started in 22 of the Bruins' 23 contests at center, Santos scored 27 goals on 63 attempts. A second-team All-MPSF product, Santos added 11 steals and collected 36 earned exclusions. He has recorded 54 goals, 21 steals and 17 assists in 83 career games.
Lapin, a freshman from Long Beach, Calif., earned All-America honorable mention accolades after having led the Bruins as their primary goalkeeper in 2006. Lapin's 4.87 goals against average stands as the second-lowest single-season mark in school history (behind Brandon Brooks' 4.80 average in 2000). He collected 110 saves in 453:13 minutes in the cage (15 starts).