Senior Balazs Erdelyi selected to receive the Cutino Award, bestowed annually to the nation's most outstanding collegiate water polo player as voted by the coaches of the NCAA Division I institutions.
Erdelyi Named Nation's Top Water Polo Player
After one of the best seasons in Pacific Men's Water Polo history, Balazs Erdelyi has been named the school's first-ever winner of the Cutino Award, announced by The Olympic Club of San Francisco Saturday.
The honor is bestowed annually to the nation's most outstanding collegiate water polo player as voted by the coaches of NCAA Division I institutions.
Erdelyi, a rising senior from Eger, Hungary, led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 83 goals and his 3.46 goals-per-game average also topped the conference. He finished the 2012 campaign with 21 multi-goal games, including five four-goal outings, four five-goal showings and a pair of six-goal performances. He went for a career-best nine goals in the Tigers' rout of Santa Clara on Oct. 21, the most in a single game at Pacific since at least 1997.
The award takes its namesake from the late Peter J. Cutino, former coach of California who passed away in September 2004. Cutino led the Golden Bears to eight NCAA Championships and was inducted into the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1985.
Erdelyi was just the second player in Pacific history to be named a finalist for the Cutino Award. Goran Tomasevic was nominated for the award following the 2010 season.
The two will team up next year as part of a talented Pacific squad that returns All-MPSF selections in Alex Obert, Alex Malkis and Aleksandar Petrovic. The Tigers finished sixth at the MPSF Tournament back in November after being picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches' poll.