Nov. 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In his four years at LMU, senior Edgaras Asajavicius has been the model of consistency in sitting just two goals shy of becoming just the fourth Lion to score at least 200 goals in his career. His efforts as a team leader for the 10th-ranked Lions in 2011 has earned him top honors in the Western Water Polo Association.
The WWPA announced its 2011 Postseason Award Winners on Tuesday, and Asajavicius has been named the Player of the Year as voted on by the league's 12 coaches. He becomes the sixth different Lion, seventh overall, to earn the league's top honor. A Lion has claimed it the last four years.
Joining him with individual honors is freshman Joe Ferretti, who has been named the WWPA Newcomer of the Year. He is the third Lion to earn the honor since 2007, joining Andy Stevens (2007) and Asajavisius (2008).
Asajavicius also earned his second straight first-team All-WWPA selection, and he was joined on that team by junior Jon Colton. Ferretti claimed Second-Team All-WWPA honors while junior Kyle Testman was named Honorable Mention All-WWPA. Ferretti added the Lions final honor, claiming WWPA All-Freshman honors.
In his four years at LMU, Asajavicus has scored at least 46 goals in each of his seasons, topping at 54 last season while scoring 49 this season. His 198 goals is fifth all-time at LMU. He has done more than just score. He is fourth all-time with 90 assists, ranking tied for 10th this season with 34. He is 15th in games played with 108 and 11th with 95 steals.
As for Colton, his third season with the Lions has been a breakout year. He has become a team leader in and out of the pool and has scored a career-best 21 goals this season. He leads the team in drawing 59 kickouts and has added 14 steals.
In his first season at LMU, Ferretti is second on the team with 35 goals, the most by a freshman since Asajavicius had 46 as a freshman in that 2008 campaign. He has added 12 assists, 17 steals and eight field blocks.
Testman has come on strong the last month of the season, splitting time with junior Gavyn Wild. Testman, who has started the last seven games, has a 5.78 goals against average the last month, including a shutout against Santa Clara in the final league game of the season.
The Lions are the number one seed in the upcoming WWPA Championships, Nov. 17-20 at UC San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center. They have a bye to the quarterfinals and will play the winner of the Redlands-Chapman first round game at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18.
- GO LIONS -