Talented Group of Six Join Water Polo Program

Lions earn commitment from six incoming freshman.

June 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES - LMU men's water polo earned the commitment of six incoming freshman to its program this spring, and with them comes a long list of accomplishments that originates from the coast of California to the state of Michigan.

Joining the Lions this fall will be Jonathan Beck (Capistrano Valley), Matthew Cuozzo (Mater Dei), Corey McGee (St. Francis), Chris Fiala (Oaks Christian), Max Merriman (Dexter HS - Mich.) and Riley Smith (Santa Margarita HS).

"We are very excited about this incoming class," said Head Coach John Loughran. "They all come from successful programs and fit what we are all about here at LMU. They will have a chance to do great things for this program."

Cuozzo comes from Mater Dei High School where he scored 44 goals with 17 assists and 33 steals as a senior. Following the season, Cuozzo was named second-team All-CIF. He was part of a Mater Dai program that won their fifth straight CIF-SS Division I boys water polo title and finished with a 31-0 record as a senior.

Up the coast, McGee attended St. Francis where he earned back-to-back NISCA All-American honors (National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association) in the California/Hawaii region. He was named third-team as a senior and honorable mention honors as a junior. He also claimed first-team WCAL All-League, first-team All-Mercury News, first-team All-Daily News and first-team All-Central Coast Section honors. In 2011 while playing club water polo for Stanford Water Polo Club, McGee was named second-team All-American during the 2011 US Club Championships (10th grade and under).

Beck, whose sister Mackenzie plays for the women's water polo team at LMU, was named co-MVP of the Sea View League in 2011. In 2012-13, he scored 102 goals with 13 assists and 44 steals. He earned second-team All-CIF honors and helped his team to SVL titles in 2010 and 2011.

In addition, Beck helped Capistrano Valley to the CIF Division I swim title in 2012 and 2013, swimming with the 200-free relay team that set the Orange County and Capo Valley school record. Capo Valley has won four of the last five swim titles. He plays club water polo for SET Water Polo Club.



Smith was a two-year varsity starter while at Santa Margarita and was named captain in 2012. Riley was named second-team All-Trinity League in 2011 and then first-team in 2012. He went on to earn third-team All-CIF honors following his senior season. He also plays club water polo for SET Water Polo Club.

Fiala of Oaks Christian was named first-team All-CIF (Southern Section Division 6) and second-team All-Area by the LA Daily News after leading his team to Tri-Valley League title in as a senior. As a junior, he drew 61 ejections and scored 72 goals in leading Oaks Christian to the Division 6 semifinals. He went on to earn All-CIF and All-Tri-Valley League honors.

Merriman comes from Dexter High School in Dexter, Michigan. He helped his team to a sixth place finish at the MWPA (Michigan Water Polo Association) state championships. Merriman was named second-team MWPA All-State following his senior campaign. He was also named first-team MWPA All-East Region and first-team MWPA All-Tournament team. He plays for Ann Arbor Water Polo Club.

LMU will begin its season with two-a-days in mid-August. Look for the 2013 schedule to be released later this summer.



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