Four Re-Claim All-American Honors
LMU's All-Americans in 2009 do it again in 2010 as ACWPC releases its Men's All-American Teams.
Jan. 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU entered the 2010 season returning all four student-athletes who were 2009 All-Americans. They came back to lead the Lions to their eighth Western Water Polo Association championship, a No. 7 final ranking in the national polls and a 20-win season. Because of it the 2010 All-American list looks a lot like the one in 2009.
The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced the 2010 Men's All-American Teams, and all four student-athletes from the LMU squad that earned in 2009 returned to the list this season. Seniors Andy Stevens, Tibor Forai and Ikaika Aki, along with junior Edgaras Asajavicius all earned 2010 ACWPC honors.
Stevens was named second-team, while Forai, Aki and Asajavisius were honorable mention selection.
All four return to the All-America list after earning honors in 2009. For Stevens, Aki, and Forai, they were part of a Lions' senior class that won a conference title all four years of competition, winning the program's eighth conference crown in 10 years in December.
For Stevens and Forai, they made history, earning All-America honors all four seasons at LMU. They become the first players in LMU athletics' history to earn All-America honors all four seasons as a student-athlete.
Forai finishes his career ranked tied for fourth with Charlie Wallace (1990-93) with 193 goals in his career. He also ranked eighth in assists with 79, tied for 16th in games played with 105 and 10th with 100 steals.
As for Stevens, he finishes his career with a program record 1,232 saves, making 305 saves on the season, including a program-equaling 21 saves against St. Francis in his final game as a Lion. He also ranked 10th in games played at 116 and 15th with 83 saves.
Aki finishes his career tied for eighth with 116 games played and is the first Lion to finish a career at the century mark in goals, assists, steals and field blocks. He finished ranked 19th with 105 goals, second with 109 assists, first with 176 steals and first with 119 field blocks.
Asajavicius will have a chance to move up the record book as a senior in 2011. He has led the Lions in scoring the last two seasons, including 54 goals in 2010.