Cruz Smithson
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    Cruz Smithson

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Capistrano Beach, Calif.

    High School:
    Servite

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 205

    Position:
    Utility

    01/29/2013

    Pair of Falcons Named Honorable Mention All-Americans

    Smithson, Stedman earn first All-America accolades

    11/14/2012

    Four Falcons Recognized by Western Water Polo Association

    Stedman named first-team selection for second-straight year

    11/15/2011

    Trio of Falcons Recognized by WWPA

    Stedman, Smithson and Jackovich receive conference honors

    11/09/2011

    Cruz Smithson Named KAP7 WWPA Player of the Week

    Junior earns his first career honor

    01/04/2013

    Air Force at NCAA Championship (12.1.12) - Photos by Dan Avila

    The Falcons take on top-ranked USC in the opening round of the National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championship.

    10/12/2012

    #13 Air Force vs. #18 Santa Clara (10.7.12)

    In their home opener, the Falcons cruises to a 14-9 conference victory over the Broncos.

    09/12/2012

    Blue/Silver Scrimmage (9.1.12)

    The Falcons host the Blue/Silver Scrimmage during Parents' Weekend.

    11/05/2011

    Air Force vs. #19 St. Francis (10.29.11)

    The Falcons' comeback falls short in an 11-10 loss to the Terriers.

    11/05/2011

    Air Force vs. #19 St. Francis (10.30.11)

    The Falcons hold on for a 9-8 victory over the Terriers.

    Needs just four points to rank amongst the top 20 scorers in program history ...

    2011: Started in 23 of 28 games for the Falcons ... named an honorable mention All-WWPA selection ... led the team in goals (50) and total points (66) ... finished third on the team with 16 assists ... also tied for third in steals with 18 ... earned WWPA Player of the Week and Air Force Athlete of the Week honors for his performance during the last weekend of the regular season.

    2010: Second-year starter for the Falcons ... finished second on the team in total goals scored with 39 ... also recorded 10 assists to finish the season with 49 points (third-best total on the team) ... recorded 11 steals and 45 drawn ejections.

    2009: Started for the Falcons in his rookie season ... selected as the Western Water Polo Association Newcomer of the Year ... named to the WWPA All-Rookie Team ... also named the Falcons' Rookie of the Year ... tied for second on the team in goals scored with 44 ... also registered 18 assists on the season to finish the year with 62 points (third-best on the team) ... named to the East Meets West All-Tournament team ... recorded 48 drawn ejections and 28 steals on the year.

    High School: Four-year member of varsity water polo team ... team MVP in sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... named Servite Athlete of the Year in senior season ... two-time league MVP (sophomore and senior seasons) ... OC Trinity League Athlete of the Year as a senior ... three-time first-team All-CIF selection ... two-time first-team All-American ... recorded 103 goals, 41 assists and 80 steals in his senior campaign ... team won CIF championship in freshman season ... MVP of his club team, which won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in 2008 ... four-year Scholar-Athlete ... graduated with distinguished honors.

    Personal: Member of cadet squadron 20 ... son of Christopher and Marion Smithson ... majoring in behavioral science ... plans a career in special investigations ... hobbies include listening to music and watching Criminal Minds ... plans to major in biological medicine/psychology ... favorite music is everything but bluegrass ... favorite quote: "A good chess player is always thinking five moves ahead; a great chess player is thinking one move ahead, but it's always the right move."

    Inside Men's Water Polo