Dec. 20, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's water polo players Mark Knudtsen, Michael Machado and Stefan Partelow were named to the 2006 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Academic All-Conference Team, it was announced today by the conference.
In order to receive all-academic honors the student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, must be a sophomore academically, must have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being received and must have competed in at least fifty percent of the games played by their team.
Knudtsen, a business economics major at UCSB, competed in all 35 of the Gauchos games this season, posting 16 goals and handing out 19 assists for 35 points on the year. The Los Altos, Calif. native collected eight steals, seven earned ejections or penalties and was tied fourth on the team with nine field blocks. The 6'0" driver posted a seven game streak during the fall with at least one goal scored culminating with a season-high two goals against Pepperdine on September 17.
Machado, another business economics major, competed in 33 games this season and tallied eight goals and 19 assists for 27 total points. The 5'11" driver also collected eight steals and eight earned ejections or penalties in his second season with UCSB.
Partelow, a redshirt freshman, competed in 34 games scoring 18 goals and collecting 10 assists on the season for 28 total points. The 5'10" driver also recorded eight steals and seven earned ejection or penalties. Partelow had three multi-goal games and scored one goal in each of the Gaucho's three MPSF Tournament games helping the team to its fifth place conference finish.
Knudtsen, Machado and Partelow join 39 other student-athletes on the all-academic team with Stanford placing a conference-high 11 players on the team.
Overall, the Gauchos posted a 21-14 record on the season, marking the first season since 1990 that they finished with 20 or more wins and only the seventh time in program history that feat has been achieved. In the final Collegiate Water Polo Association National Coaches Poll, UCSB was ranked sixth overall amongst Division I teams, the best ranking since the 1994 season when it also finished sixth. UCSB completed its MPSF season placed fifth in the ultra-competitive conference and also notable is the fact that UC Santa Barbara will not graduate any seniors from the 2006 team.