Staten Island, NY - The Wagner men's water polo team was tabbed No. 20 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association 2018 Men's Varsity Preseason Poll heading into its third year of existence. In the 2018 Men's Varsity Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Top 5 Preseason Poll, the Seahawks were voted to finish tied for second, alongside Bucknell University.
After capturing a second-place finish in the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) in the Seahawks' 2017 season, highlighted by a a 10-8 semifinal victory over top-seeded Bucknell on November 18, the Seahawks have plenty of optimism heading into the 2018 campaign. With last year's semifinal win, the Green & White reached their first ever MAWPC Championship match in just their second year of existence. Wagner then fell to George Washington University 8-5 in its final game of the season.
Head coach Chris Radmonovich and the Seahawks welcome four newcomers in Vuk Bulajic, Lachlan Trabinger, Asher Showers and James MacPherson to the 2018 roster. The Green & White is eager to get started in hopes of improving on a 14-17 overall record (5-5 MAWPC) as well as a second place conference finish.
Vuk Bulajic is a 5'11'' freshman utility, hailing from Belgrade Serbia. A 2018 graduate from King's College in Auckland, New Zealand where he played with teammate sophomore driver Jasmin Kolasinac, Vuk competed for one year on the school's water polo team and was awarded the Winstone Cup for the Most Consistent Player. In Addition, Bulajic received the Academic Endevour Award. He also competed for Sea Wolf Water Polo Club in Auckland.
Lachlan Trabinger is a 6'2'' junior transfer utility from Golden West College where he helped lead the Rustlers to two CCCAA State Championships in 2017 and 2016. The Canberra, Australia native was named captain and voted MVP of the state tournament in 2017. Trabinger competed for Drummoyne Water Polo Club in New South Wales, Australia.
Asher Showers is a 6'1'' freshman 2M from Salem, OR. Showers was a two-sport athlete who competed in both water polo and swimming at West Salem High School and was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection in 2016. He Played for Chehalem Water Polo Club where he helped his team to a State Championship and 15 tournament wins in an eight year span.
James MacPherson is a 6'4'' freshman driver from Anaheim, CA. MacPherson is a 2018 graduate of Esperanza High School where he competed for two years on both the school water polo and swim teams.
Radmonovich, who enters his third year at the helm of the men's water polo program, is coming off another successful season with the women's squad who captured its fifth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship last spring. In addition to becoming the first team in league history to win five straight titles, the Seahawks upended UC San Diego, 10-7 on May 8, 2018 for the program's second-consecutive NCAA Tournament victory.
The Green & White will continue as members of the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference - East Region, which will again be administered by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). The winner of the league championship will receive an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship, which will be held December 1-2 at the Avery Aquatic Center located on the campus of the Stanford University.