Jack Turner Named ACWPC All-America Player of the Year, Harper Earns Coach of the Year Honors
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — University of California San Diego men’s water polo redshirt junior standout goalkeeper Jack Turner has been named Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division II All-America Player of the Year, the association announced on Friday.
In addition, UC San Diego head coach Denny Harper was named ACWPC Coach of the Year for the 16th time in his career, while junior Skyler Munatones and sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt both join Turner on the ACWPC All-America First-Team.
The Tritons led all of Division II with three All-America honorees.
Turner becomes UC San Diego’s 19thACWPC Player of the Year following former Triton standout Arman Momdzhyan, who earned the honor each of the previous two seasons (2016, 2017). He joins a prestigious group of Tritons who have won the award, including Chase Cockerill (2015), Josh Stiling (2012, 2014), David Morton (2011), Steven Donohoe (2007, 2009), Ty Lackey (2006), Jonathan Hopkins (2002, 2003, 2005), Jonathan Samuels (2000, 2001), Ross Mecham (1998, 1999) and Romas Kudirka (1996, 1997).
A native of Fremont, Calif., Turner finished the season with 251 saves in 22 games played, posting a 16-5 record in the net with a .560 save percentage and an 8.87 goals-against average. He also tied for the team lead with 23 steals and scored his first-career goal against Pepperdine on Oct. 12.
Turner began the season by recording a career-high 20 saves against UC Irvine on Sept. 1, and tallied 14 saves in an NCAA Opening Round victory over Long Beach State on Nov. 29. He was named Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Tournament MVP and First-Team All-WWPA.
Turnbow-Lindenstadt landed on the ACWPC All-America First Team for the second-straight season, leading the Tritons in scoring for the second-consecutive year with 78 goals and 110 total points. He also tied Turner with a team-high 23 steals.
A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Turnbow-Lindenstadt was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team after recording 10 goals in two contests, as well as WWPA All-Tournament First Team and All-WWPA First Team.
Munatones led the Tritons with 39 assists this season en route to receiving All-WWPA First-Team honors. The Huntington Beach native also tied for third on the team with 34 goals, ranked second with 73 total points and was named WWPA Player of the Week on Nov. 7.
Harper was named ACWPC Coach of the Year for the eighth-consecutive year after leading the Tritons to the 2018 WWPA Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals.
UC San Diego (20-6) finished the season ranked No. 5 in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 20 Poll, won 20 games for the first time since 2008 and had the program’s second-best all-time winning percentage (.769).
ACWPC Division II All-America Team
Jack Turner, UC San Diego
Skyler Munatones, UC San Diego
Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, UC San Diego
Patrick Zsiros, Concordia Irvine
Kyle Eoff, Fresno Pacific
Zarko Sadikovic, Gannon
Joseph Mahan, McKendree
Milos Popovic, Salem
Philip Jenny, Mercyhurst
Lazar Raca, Fresno Pacific
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