Dec. 21, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. -
Six Stanford men's water polo players were recognized as All-Americans by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Driver Sage Wright was the lone Cardinal player to receive first-team honors, while two-meter Will Hindle-Katel was named to the second team, fellow two-meter Michael Bury earned a spot on the third team, and drivers Drac and Janson Wigo along with goalkeeper Sandy Hohener received honorable mention.
Wright, a native of Santa Barbara, Calif., became the first Stanford player to earn first-team All-America honors since Thomas Hopkins and Peter Varellas in 2005. In 2007, he shared the team lead with 33 goals on the year, and over Stanford's 25 games, Wright posted four hat tricks and recorded 10 multi-goal performances. He was twice named MSPF Co-Player of the Week, as well, on Oct. 1 and Nov. 19.
Hindle-Katel, from Tarzana, Calif., earned second-team honors for the second year in a row. In 2007, he finished the year as co-leader alongside Wright with 33 goals on the year, and also recorded four hat tricks and 10 multi-goal games.
Another Stanford player to earn an All-American nod for the first time was Bury, whose third-team selection was powered by his 19-goal performance in 2007. Bury also recorded three hat tricks and five multi-goal games on the year, while providing solid play at the two-meter position for the Cardinal.
Twin brothers and Oakland Park, Fla. natives Drac and Janson Wigo fittingly turned in twin totals with 32 goals scored in 2007, and were named honorable mention for the second consecutive season. They each turned in eight multi-goal games, while Janson led Stanford with five hat tricks on the year and Drac posted four.
In the cage, Hohener, now a three-time All-American with his honorable mention recognition, started 24 of the team's 25 games in 2007, recording a goals-against average of 7.00 goals per game, and making 9.04 saves per game. Hohener's stellar play also led to a pair of dramatic 10-9, sudden-death wins over arch-rival California this season.
The Cardinal finished the 2007 season with a 17-8 record, and third-place finish in the MPSF regular season with a 5-3 mark. Stanford also finished fourth at the MPSF Tournament in November.