Jan. 14, 2008
BREA, Calif. - UCLA men's water polo seniors Marco Santos and Justin Johnson and sophomore Chay Lapin have earned ACWPC All-America honors, the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches has announced. Santos gained second-team All-America accolades, while Johnson and Lapin claimed third-team honors.
Sophomore Scott Davidson and junior Krsto Sbutega, the Bruins' top two leading scorers, respectively, were named honorable mention All-America selections. Santos, Johnson, Lapin and Sbutega all earned honorable mention All-America accolades in 2006.
Head coach Adam Krikorian, who will enter his 10th season as the men's water polo head coach in 2008, has coached 26 All-America selections, all of which have earned the prestigious honor 51 times.
Santos, among the premier centers in the nation in 2007, finished his senior season with 32 goals in 28 matches. Santos scored in 21 matches last season, totaling nine multiple-goal efforts. UCLA's third-leading scorer in the fall, Santos concluded his four-year Bruin career with 86 goals in 101 contests.
Johnson concluded the 2007 campaign with 31 goals in 28 matches. The Bruins' fifth-leading scorer last season, Johnson scored in 22 matches and logged six multiple-goal games, including one four-goal effort against Santa Clara. The Mission Viejo, Calif., resident registered 71 goals in 86 career matches.
Lapin recorded 198 saves and a 6.90 goals against average in 21 games. The sophomore from Long Beach, Calif., collected a career-high 15 saves in UCLA's 9-5 win over top-ranked USC (Oct. 28). Lapin, currently training with the U.S. National Team in hopes of making the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, totaled 10 or more saves in eight games last fall.
Davidson scored a team-leading 49 goals in 27 matches last season. Davidson's 49 goals marked the highest single-season total at UCLA since Brett Ormsby netted 70 goals as a senior in 2004. The Seal Beach, Calif., native scored in all but four matches and concluded his sophomore season having scored in each of the Bruins' final 14 games (31 goals in that span).
Sbutega, a product of Kotor, Montenegro, ended the fall as UCLA's second-leading scorer, recording 35 goals in 23 matches. Sbutega posted three four-goal efforts in 2007 and will enter his senior year having scored 93 goals in 75 career matches.