Six Stanford men's water polo players were named All-MPSF when the conference announced its postseason awards on Tuesday morning. The Cardinal's six honorees are its most since 2007.
Alex Bowen and Bret Bonanni earned All-MPSF First Team status, BJ Churnside and Drew Holland were selected to the All-MPSF Second Team and Conner Cleary and Nick Hoversten landed on the All-MPSF Honorable Mention squad.
The sextet will be in action along with the rest of the Cardinal (25-3) next Saturday at the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship in La Jolla. Stanford, the No. 2 seed, awaits the winner of No. 3 seed USC and No. 6 seed Whittier. Those two will meet in a play-in game at Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles this Saturday at 10 a.m.
Bowen, who was named MPSF/Kap7 Tournament MVP for his performance in leading the Cardinal to its first MPSF title since 2004 this past weekend, earned his fourth consecutive nod on the conference's first team. He has 10 hat tricks on the year and 57 goals (2.04 GPG), ranking ninth in the MPSF heading to the NCAA Tournament. The senior's 245 career goals are third all-time in Stanford history and among the MPSF's 10 best as well.
Bonanni returned to the All-MPSF First Team in this his junior year after placing on the second team in 2013. In 2012 he was also MPSF Newcomer of the Year in addition to landing on the league's first team. He is second in the conference with 85 goals (3.04 GPG). His 255 lifetime scores are second in Stanford history and fifth in MPSF history.
One of six finalists for the FINA Men's Water Polo Athlete of the Year and the only American on the ballot, Bonanni is one of only five Stanford players to ever score 80 or more goals in a season and has now done it twice. Tony Azevedo is the only other Cardinal to hit the mark multiple times.
Churnside secured his third consecutive All-MPSF honor after being named honorable mention the past two seasons. The junior second-teamer is fourth on the Cardinal with 41 goals and his 117 career scores put him alongside Bowen and Bonnani as active Cardinal in triple digits.
In a back-and-forth affair that saw six ties and four lead changes in the MPSF Championship on Sunday, it was Churnside's two fourth-quarter goals that put Stanford over the top against Long Beach State.
He was joined on the second team by sophomore goalkeeper Holland, who was tabbed All-MPSF for the first time. A two-time MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week selection this season, Holland is second in the league in goals-against average (6.39) and has made 244 saves, including 39 in the recently concluded MPSF Tournament.
Rounding out Stanford's selections were Cleary and Hoversten, seniors who earned their first All-MPSF nods with honorable mention selections. Hoversten, a center defender, is tied for seventh on the squad with 23 goals, the highest total of his career. The center Cleary has scored eight times in 2014.
One day after being named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30, Stanford senior point guard Amber Orrange was among 25 players on the 2014-15 "Wade Watch" list of candidates for the prestigious award it was announced Tuesday.
Through four games this season, Orrange is filling up the stat sheet, averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. In last night's 70-65 victory at New Mexico, her layup at the 3:01 mark of the first half were her seventh and eighth points of the game and the 999th and 1,000th of her career. She finished with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting and now has 1,010 in her career, one of 35 Cardinal players to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
Senior forward Taylor Uhl was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team on Tuesday.
Uhl, a biomechanical engineering major, carries a 3.79 grade-point average and has nine goals and three assists. Her play has been vital to Stanford (20-1-2), which plays host to Florida in the NCAA quarterfinals on Friday night at 7.
Uhl, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., has scored 57 career goals, making her the highest-scorer among the remaining eight NCAA teams.
This season, Uhl has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 first team and the Pac-12 Academic first team.