Men's Water Polo

Men's Water Polo Inks Three

John Lougrhan signed three to NLIs this spring.
John Lougrhan signed three to NLIs this spring.

May 4, 2006

Los Angeles, CA (May 4) - The Loyola Marymount University men's water polo program, winners of three straight conference championships and four of the last five, signed a trio of high school stand-outs to National Letters of Intent this spring. Joining the Lions in the Fall of 2006 will be Brian Benedetti (Saint Francis High School), Andy Stevens (Villa Park High School) and Cody Walter (Long Beach Wilson High School).

Walter, Stevens and Benedetti bring impressive resumes to the Lions program. All three earned end of the year honors and will have a chance to make an instant impact in their first seasons at LMU. The Lions won the Western Water Polo Association a year ago and will look for a fourth straight in 2006. LMU will host the 2006 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center this December.

Walter, a 6-1 right hander from Long Beach, was part of four straight CIF Division I championships at Wilson High School. This fall he was named a 2005 California/Hawaii All-American and to the 2005 All-CIF Southern Section second-team.

"Cody will be a great addition to the team," said Head Coach John Loughran, who has led the Lions to four NCAA tournament appearances the last four years. "He comes from a very successful program and has a great knowledge of the game. He has good outside shooting ability, speed and can play solid defense."

A 6-2 goalie from Villa Park, Stevens is also a California/Hawaii All-American. He earned first-team honors. He was also a first-team All-CIF Southern Section selection in 2005. He is a current member of the United State Men's National Junior Team and is training with the National Team.

"Andy has established himself as the top goalie in the country coming out of high school," said Loughran. "He will have a chance to really grow his freshman year as he learns from (incoming senior and All-American) Ian Elliott."

Benedetti, a 6-4 right-handed utility, comes to LMU from Mountain View, Calif., after leading Saint Francis to the Division 2 CCS championship. An All-CCS selection, Benedetti "has the size, strength and speed to be a impact player in the future" for the LMU program.

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