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Five Named All-American
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/13/2014

Junior utility Alex Bowen and sophomore driver Bret Bonanni were named to the ACWPC All-America First Team Thursday, headlining five Stanford players honored in the announcement.

Fifth-year senior two-meter Forrest Watkins was named to the second team, sophomore driver BJ Churnside to the third team and freshman goalie Drew Holland was named honorable mention.

The quintet helped lead the Cardinal to a 23-6 record in 2013 and the program's first appearance at the NCAA Championship Tournament since 2008, finishing third.

Thursday's announcement marked the third straight first-team All-America selection for Bowen. The San Diego native finished second on the team with 71 goals and 14 hat tricks among his 20 multi-goal games in 2013. A fixture on the USA Water Polo Senior National Team for the past year, Bowen participated with the team at the Volvo Cup in Hungary from Feb. 7-9.

Bonanni earned his first selection to the All-America First Team a year after earning second-team honors. The Huntington Beach native set the MPSF record with 97 goals in 2013, and added team-leading totals of 20 hat tricks and 25 multi-goal games. One of the top attackers in the country, Bonanni has also featured with the USA Senor National Team over the past year alongside Bowen, including at last week's Volvo Cup event.

Watkins earned his third All-America honor, being named to the second team just as in 2011. Last year he earned honorable mention. This season the fifth-year senior and team captain continued to burnish his reputation as one of the top defensive players in the country, contributing to a Cardinal defense which allowed just over seven goals per game, among the top marks in the MPSF. He was also one of Stanford's best two-way players, adding 35 goals for the Cardinal, fourth-best on the team and his second-career season with over 30 goals.

Churnside was named All-America honorable mention for the second straight year, as he upped his scoring total from 31 to 45, a figure that finished third on the team. Churnside posted six hat tricks and finished 19th in the MPSF with 1.55 goals per game. 

In his first year in the cage for the Cardinal, Holland established himself as one of the MPSF's top goalies, ranking third with a 7.44 goals-against average. The Orinda native also averaged 9.08 saves per game, and earned KAP 7/MPSF Player of the Week honors on Oct. 21 after making 11 saves in an 8-6 victory over No. 2 UCLA two days prior.


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