Puentes Role in 2 UCSB Top 10 Wins Leads WP Conference Honorees

With seven upsets and six overtime contests and 171 scoring efforts of three goals or more, the choices for conference players of the week were plentiful on Week 8 of the collegiate men’s water polo season.

Here’s a look at the selections for each league.

Golden Coast Conference

Player of the Week: Nathan Puentes, UC Santa Barbara – Recorded nine goals, an assist and a steal in wins over #7 Long Beach State and #8 Cal; tallied a season-best six goals against the Bears.

CWPA Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference

Offensive Player of the Week:  Milos Popovic, Salem – Registered 15 goals, five assists, five steals and eight earned ejections; tallied six goals, two assists and two ejections drawn in a 17-14 loss to McKendree; added five goals, three ejections drawn and three steals in a 21-7 win over Mercyhurst; notched four goals, three assists, three ejections drawn and a pair of steals in a 14-13 OT loss to Gannon

Defensive Player of the Week: Max Sandberg, Navy – Recorded a career-high 12 saves, while surrendering just five goals in 26 minutes between the pipes in the Midshipmen’s 14-8 upset win over #17 George Washington.

Rookie of the Week: Chris Freese, Johns Hopkins – Chipped in three goals, four assists and two blocks at the CWPA Division III Eastern Championships; dished out two assists and added a steal and a block in a 23-11 win over Austin College; put in two goals and assists in a 20-14 win over Connecticut College; notched one goal and one block in a 16-12 championship match win over MIT (16-12).

MPSF

Player of the Week: Andrew Chun, Stanford – Recorded a career-high 18 saves (.621 save percentage) and three steals in a 12-11 win over #5 Pepperdine

Newcomer of the Week: Max Wade, Austin College – Was named Rookie of the Tournament at the Division III Eastern Championships; notched 18 goals over four games at the tournament

Northeast Water Polo Conference

Player of the Week: Miller Geschke, MIT – Tallied 15 goals, five assists, 11 steals and a pair of field blocks at the Division III Eastern Championships; put in four goals, three assists and six steals against Washington & Jefferson (W 17-8) and Penn State Behrend (W 20-5); racked up six goals in a 16-12 win over Johns Hopkins.

Defensive Player of the Week: Nathan Wu, Harvard – Recorded 48 saves across four matches at teh Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament; notched two assists and three steals and blocked three penalty shots; posted a career high 15 saves, two assists and three steals in a 13-6 win over Chapman.

Rookie of the Week: Nathan Wu, Harvard

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference

Offensive Player of the Week: Ethan Lewis, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps – Reached the 100 goal milestone for his career; scored once in a 10-8 win over Cal Lutheran; put in five goals in an 11-10 win at Redlands

Defensive Player of the Week: Dylan Woodhouse, Whittier – Notched 20 saves and three steals in two 32 minute efforts in the cage; made 11 stops and posted a steal in an 18-8 win over La Verne; grabbed nine saves and two steals in an 11-8 win over Cal Lutheran.

Western Water Polo Association

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