SCIAC Men's Water Polo All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Men's Water Polo All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2018 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's water polo teams were announced Thursday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.

Adam Ward of Pomona-Pitzer was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Year after helping the Sagehens secure a 22-8 overall record, an unblemished, 14-0 ledger in conference play, and the top seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Ward, a three-time First Team All-SCIAC honoree, and the 2015 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-SCIAC selection, netted 35 of his 55 goals in conference play in 2018 en route to 39 points against league competition. 

The 2018 Newcomer of the Year award went to Eric Borunda of Whittier. Borunda helped the Poets to a 15-13 overall mark, highlighted by a 10-4 record in conference play. Whittier earned the second seed in the postseason tournament via a tiebreaker. Borunda notched 28 goals in league play in his debut season, and scored 49 times overall for the Poets. 

Earning the SCIAC Character Award was Redlands' Mitchell Walker. Walker is the unsung hero of the Bulldogs' men's water polo team. He exemplifies all that a great team member and teammate should be - hard-working, prompt, reliable, selfless, caring. He has also swam three years on the swim team in an effort to continue to improve his game, and also simply because he is committed to Redlands' Aquatics Program. The Kearns, Utah native leads by example and has grown into his voice. As a player, he plays more minutes than any other field player and is always assigned to guard the opponents best perimeter player. He more than held his own defensively, and in the team's closest SCIAC wins, his ability to contain the opponent's star was the key to success. He currently holds a 3.87 cumulative GPA as a double major in Accounting and Business. He has already accepted an offer for full-time employment with global accounting firm, Crowe LLP. He is the epitome of the SCIAC/NCAA Division III student-athlete.

Craig Rond and the California Lutheran coaching staff garnered SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors after directing the Kingsmen to a 16-11 overall record and an 8-6 mark in SCIAC play. Cal Lutheran, which finished 6-8 a year ago and missed the conference postseason tournament, secured the fourth seed in the 2018 SCIAC playoffs and has now won six of its last seven games heading into the postseason. This is Rond's first SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honor. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
Character Award

SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Adam Ward
Eric Borunda
Mitchell Walker
Craig Rond
California Lutheran
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Adam Ward Pomona-Pitzer Sr. UT Claremont, Calif.
Hans Zdolsek Whittier So. ATT Linkoping, Sweden
Sam Sasaki Pomona-Pitzer Fy. ATT Irvine, Calif.
Murat Ersoz Whittier Jr. G Istanbul, Turkey
Zack Rossman CMS Jr. ATT San Clemente, Calif.
Joseph Schafer Pomona-Pitzer Jr. D Pleasanton, Calif.
Ethan Lewis CMS Jr. D Honolulu, Hawai'i
Grant Curry Redlands Sr. ATT San Diego, Calif.
Will Clark CMS Fy. ATT Orinda, Calif.
Ben Brown  Cal Lutheran Fy.  L-ATT Chula Vista, Calif.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Graham Asalone Chapman Fy. ATT Carlsbad, Calif.
Dylan Elliott Pomona-Pitzer So. UT Santa Barbara, Calif.
Jacob Niskey Pomona-Pitzer Jr. ATT El Cajon, Calif.
Chucky Ortega La Verne Jr. UT Covina, Calif.
Dillon Goldsmith Cal Lutheran Fy. UT San Marino, Calif.
Eric Borunda Whittier Fy. ATT Whittier, Calif. 
Steven Csaposs Caltech So.  C Davis, Calif. 
Spencer Allen  Redlands  Jr. ATT Seal Beach, Calif.