Ben Grabowski Earns All-American Status
PASADENA, CA – Junior Ben Grabowski was named an honorable mention All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) on Wednesday afternoon.
"This is a wholly deserved honor for Ben. He was a key component to what we did last season and I'm thrilled to have him for one more season," said head coach Pat Beemer. "And just as importantly, honors like this show that the program continues to head in the positive direction."
The native of Lake Forest Park, WA, has been a stalwart in front of the net for the Beavers. He started all but one of the team's 21 games in 2013 as he averaged 12.05 saves per game (241 total saves). His 71 saves last season during SCIAC games were the third most in the conference.
His 21-save effort in Caltech's home opener against Washington & Jefferson on Oct. 3 were the most in school history. He recorded at least 15 saves on five occasions in 2013.
In addition to his efforts in front of the cage, Grabowski was fourth on the team in assists (10) and second in steals (23).
Since arriving on campus for the 2011, he has been the Beavers starting goalie in all but three of a possible 71 games.
It is the third straight season a Caltech player has earned All-American honors from the ACWPC. In 2011 and 2012, Jack Blackwood also received the accolade.
The SCIAC heavy All-American list honored Whittier's Justin Pudwill as Coach of the Year and Poet sophomore center Goran Mataic as DIII Player of the Year.