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Saveljic Named Player of the Year, Wright Coach of the Year

Apr 23, 2021
Nicolas Saveljic earned All-America honors for the third time in his career while Wright was named the National Coach of the Year for the fourth time.

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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced the selection of the organization's 2020-21 Men's Division I All-America Team today and selected UCLA senior Nicolas Saveljic as the National Player of the Year while head coach Adam Wright was named the National Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. The Bruins had four other players selected to various teams, highlighted by the first team pick of Saveljic.

Saveljic was the only Bruin selected as a first team All-American. He led the Bruins and the MPSF and was second in the NCAA in scoring with 37 goals in 16 games (2.3 goals per game). He was also third in assists on the team (10) to finish as the overall leading scorer on the squad with 47 points. He also led the team, the MPSF, and the NCAA in steals with 30 on the year.

Three Bruins were named second team All-American, which included Evan Rosenfeld, Jake Cavano, and Bernardo Maurizi.

Rosenfeld, a redshirt junior utility, was named a second team All-American for the second time in his career (also in 2018). Rosenfeld had 12 goals and 18 points while drawing 13 exclusions and tallying nine steals on the year.

Cavano, a junior attacker/utility, earned All-America honors for the third time in his career after being named a third team All-American in 2018 and 2019. He was third on the team in scoring with 22 goals, which ranked sixth in the MPSF. He also finished the season with 30 points and 13 steals.

Maurizi, a sophomore goalkeeper, earned All-America honors for the first time in his career after leading the team, the MPSF, and the NCAA in saves with 143 on the year (10.2 saves per game). His 10.2 goals against average ranked fifth in the MPSF. He also finished fourth on the team in assists (eight) and second on the team, in the MPSF and third in the NCAA in steals with 26 on the year (1.9 steals per game).

The final Bruin honored was sophomore attacker Tommy Gruwell, who earned honorable mention All-America accolades this season after being named as a third-teamer a year ago. Gruwell was second on the team and fifth in the MPSF in scoring with 23 goals. He was also second on the team in scoring with 34 points and second in drawn exclusions (18).

UCLA won the 2020 NCAA Championship this season with a 7-6 win at USC on March 21, 2021, marking the Bruins' fourth NCAA title in the last seven years (2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020).