Air Force is the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 Cal Baptist in first-round game, Friday, Nov. 21
Sophomore had six goals, three assists and four steals to help AF to two road conference wins last week
Stiefel scored the game-winner late in the third
Air Force is ranked 15th in the nation, 12-14 overall and 2-2 in the league
Falcons are ranked 15th in the nation and are 12-14 overall this season
2014: Played in 28 games and started 26 of them ... made 266 saves on the season ... ranked second in the conference with 10.62 saves per game ... named the Kap7 Western Water Polo Association player of the week, Oct. 15, as he helped lead the Falcons to three wins ... made 69 saves in the five games ... recorded 12 saves each against No. 4 USC and No. 12 Pepperdine ... 15 saves in the win over No. 20 St. Francis and 10 saves in the win over No. 17 Loyola Marymount ... made a career high 20 saves in the 14-10 win over Pomona-Pitzer, including three saves on five-meter penalty shots.
2013: Played six games between the pipes, four of which he started ... recorded 39 saves and one steal for the 2013 season ... recorded a season best of 12 saves in a single game against No. 15 Loyola Marymount.
High School: Earned four varsity letters for water polo ... All-American ... played for the Great Lakes and A2 Water Polo Clubs ... member of the Midwest Zone ODP team ... also lettered four years in swimming.
Personal: Member of cadet squadron 2 ... graduated from the Academy Prep School ... son of Peter Benson and Heidi Robb ... three uncles (John, Jim and Joel Robb) all attended the Academy ... major is biology ... hobbies include eating and traveling ... this past summer, completed the powered flight program and also worked basic cadet training ... has been on the commandant’s list three times for military excellence ... greatest individual moment in sports was earning All-America honors in high school ... greatest team moment was winning the state title as a senior ... long-term goal is to go to dental school ... both parents, both grandparents, several aunts and uncles have served in the military ... plans to go to pilot training after graduation.