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All-American honors for Stanford men's water polo

 

Six Stanford men's water polo players earned Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America status when the organization's postseason awards were announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Alex Bowen and Bret Bonanni were both named ACWPC First Team All-Americans for the second consecutive season. BJ Churnside was selected to the ACWPC All-America Second Team while goalkeeper Drew Holland secured a spot on the third team. Seniors Nick Hoversten and Conner Cleary each earned their first all-America recognition in their final seasons on The Farm and received ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention nods.

The six ACWPC All-Americans were the most for the Cardinal since it had that many in 2007 when Sage Wright (first team), Will Hindle-Katel (second team), Michael Bury (third team), Sandy Hohener (honorable mention), Drac Wigo (honorable mention) and Janson Wigo (honorable mention) represented Stanford among the nation's best.

A finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award, Bowen earned his fourth ACWPC First Team All-America honor after another superb season, becoming the first four-time first teamer at Stanford since Tony Azevedo (2001-04). The senior finished his time on The Farm with 253 career goals and leaves third all-time at Stanford and eighth in MPSF history. This season, he was second on the Cardinal with 65 scores, including 19 multi-goal games and 12 hat tricks.

Bonanni, a Cutino Award finalist along with Bowen, was on the ACWPC All-America First Team for the second consecutive season after securing a second-team nod as a freshman after the 2012 campaign. He emphatically finished this season with an eight-goal outing in the NCAA third-place game against UC San Diego on Dec. 7.

Bonanni concluded his junior season with a conference-leading 96 goals, just one shy of the single-season school-record 97 he tallied a year ago. He will enter his senior season on The Farm in the fall with 266 career scores, just 66 shy of Azevedo's Stanford and MPSF record (332). Bonanni is the only Cardinal in history to post multiple 90-goal seasons.

Following honorable mention (2012) and third team (2013) honors, junior BJ Churnside worked his way onto the ACWPC All-America Second Team this time around. He was third on the Cardinal with 45 goals in 2014, posting 13 multi-goal games and six hat tricks.

The electrical engineering major and two-time ACWPC All-Academic pick was also honored by the NCAA as this year's men's water polo Elite 89 award winner in early December.

An honorable mention all-America pick as a freshman, Drew Holland was tabbed as the goalkeeper on the ACWPC All-America Third Team this season. He finished with 267 saves, averaging 10.47 per game, and posted a 6.59 goals against average, which placed second in the MPSF. The sophomore was also a two-time league player of the week (Oct. 6 and Oct. 20).

Honorable mention picks Hoversten and Cleary received their first all-America status in their final seasons of eligibility. Cleary scored nine times in 2014. He graduated this past June with a degree in History and the Law and is currently pursuing his master's in sociology with an emphasis on healthcare. Hoversten finished sixth on the squad with 25 goals, the highest total of his career.

Stanford finished its 2014 campaign 26-4 overall, the program's highest win total since 1994 (27), and also won the Cardinal's first MPSF Championship since 2004.

— Stanford Athletics

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