Four Lions Earn All-WWPA Honors

2016 All-WWPA
Nov. 15, 2016

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LOS ANGELES - LMU men’s water polo, who enters the 2016 Western Water Polo Association Championships on Friday, had four players named to 2016 WWPA postseason awards on Tuesday, three of which went to underclassmen.

Sophomore Dayne Jagga was named first-team All-WWPA, as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches. Taking home second-team honors was senior Jon Beck. Sophomore Daniel Arellano and freshman Alex Athimaritis were named honorable mention. Athimaritis also took home All-Freshman Team honors.

Jagga led the Lions with 61 goals on the season, ranking fourth in the WWPA. He played in all 26 games and added 47 drawn exclusions, which also led the team. He was fourth on the team in steals.

Beck had his best season as a Lion. Serving as team captain, he was second with 41 goals which adding 16 assists to sit fourth with 57 overall points. He added 18 steals on the season.

As for Arellano, he had a break-out second season that produce a school record. Arellano led the WWPA with 65 assists, shattering the all-time single season record at LMU. He added 17 assists and 24 steals.

Athimaritis was a stat-sheet stuffer in his first season. He finished with 32 goals, 29 assists, 36 steals and 19 drawn exclusions. He was second on the team in steals and was third in overall points with 61.

 

 

The 2016 WWPA Championships begin on Friday with the Lions as the No. 3 seed taking on Air Force. The championships run through Sunday at Santa Clara. The WWPA champion earns the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship, held at California’s Spieker Aquatics Complex on December 2-4.

2016 WESTERN WATER POLO ASSOCIATION MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
FIRST TEAM
Sasa Antunovic - UC Davis (Utility, So.)
Ido Goldschmidt - UC Davis (Attacker, So.)
Dayne Jagga - Loyola Marymount (Center, So.)
Arman Momdzhyan - UC San Diego (Utility, Jr.)
Brent Teraoka - Cal Baptist (Driver, Sr.)
Riley Thomas - Air Force (Utility, Jr.)
Joseph Moorman - Cal Baptist (Goalkeeper, Sr.)

SECOND TEAM
Nick Alexander - UC San Diego (Utility, Sr.)
Marcus Anderson - UC Davis (Attacker, So.)
Jon Beck - Loyola Marymount (Utility, Sr.)
Graham McClone - Santa Clara (Driver, Sr.)
David Maes - Fresno Pacific (Driver, Sr.)
Tanner Shore - Cal Baptist (Utility, So.)
Spencer Creed - UC Davis (Goalkeeper, Jr.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Daniel Arellano - Loyola Marymount (Attacker, So.)
Alex Athimaritis - Loyola Marymount (Utility, Fr.)
Mac Carey - Santa Clara (Utility, Fr.)
Eric Curia - Air Force (Utility, Sr.)
Cory Laidig - UC Davis (Attacker, Jr.)
Cole Martinez - UC San Diego (Utility, So.)
Andrew Moore - UC San Diego (Utility, Sr.)
Jack Turner - UC San Diego (Goalkeeper, So.)

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Luke Andres - Air Force (Attacker)
Alex Athimaritis - Loyola Marymount (Utility)
Mac Carey - Santa Clara (Utility)
Yurii Hanley - UC Davis (Attacker)
Logan Mena - Cal Baptist (2-Meters)
Skyler Munatones - UC San Diego (Utility)
Keaton Fox - Santa Clara (Goalkeeper)

WWPA PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ido Goldschmidt, UC Davis

WWPA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Skyler Munatones, UC San Diego

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