Conference play is in full swing on Week 10 of the collegiate men’s water polo season with the Mid-Atlantic West Region Championships highlighting the slate.
Bucknell’s Rade Joksimovic and Andu Vlasceanu garnered MAWPC accolades, while USC’s Nic Porter and Marcus Longston were honored by the MPSF.
UCLA takes over as the #1 team in collegiate men’s water polo after spending the entire 2019 season (nine weeks) in the #2 spot.
#15 Bucknell’s Rade Joksimovic rattled the cage nine times in a 15-7 win over Johns Hopkins on Sunday to lead all individual scoring efforts on Week 9.
NCAA champion USC, ranked #7, knocked off #1 Stanford 9-8 Saturday in both teams’ MPSF opener, while #8 Cal defeated #6 Long Beach State 11-10 in overtime.
LBSU is set for three Top 10 home contests on Week 9 as #9 UC San Diego, #3 Pacific and #8 Cal also are set to visit the 49ers.
With seven upsets and six overtime contests and 171 scoring efforts of three goals or more, the choices for conference players of the week were plentiful.
Princeton and Cal Baptist joined the CWPA Top 20 rankings at 18 and 19, while #1 Stanford leads the water polo Top 5 for the fifth straight week.
Lapkin scored 10, while men’s water polo Week 8 also included 7 seven-goal tallies , 12 six-goal efforts, 17 five-goal outings and 37 four-goal performances.
#9 Harvard went 4-0 at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament to move to 22-0, while RV Cal Baptist and Santa Clara each posted two water polo Week 8 upsets.
Santa Clara hosts the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament in honor of Fraser (1996-2017), while the CWPA hosts DII and DIII Eastern Division Championships.
Brown’s James Thygesen and Cole Atwell and Loyola Marymount’s Blazo Mitrovic turned in top performances to highlight water polo’s Week 7 league honorees.
Stanford, UCLA and Pacific were the top three in the men’s water polo poll for the fourth straight week, while San Jose State jumped six spots to #13.
Loyola Marymount’s Blazo Mitrovic, Iona’s Patrick Hudak and Salem’s Milos Popovic each turned in an 8-goal effort on Week 7 of men’s water polo action.
Six upsets highlighted the Week 7 slate, including a Top 10 result that saw #6 Pepperdine edge past #4 USC and two surprise results for RV Brown.