Ben Hallock was tabbed as Player of the Year and John Vargas was named Coach of the Year after leading Stanford to the NCAA men’s water polo title.
There was no surprise at the top of the final collegiate men’s water polo poll of the season as NCAA Champion Stanford earned the #1 spot.
Stanford had to wait 17 years between its 10th and 11th men’s water polo NCAA titles, but a 13-8 win over host #5 Pacific on Sunday ended that drought.
#1 Stanford defeated #2 USC 15-14 on a golden goal to claim its spot in Sunday’s championship match, while #5 Pacific edged #4 Pepperdine 17-13.
Fordham goalie Bailey O’Mara snapped the Rams’ season record for saves and earned Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference defensive player of the week honors.
Stanford’s Ben Hallock is the fourth player in MPSF history to repeat as Player of the Year. Cal’s Nikolaos Papanikolaou was honored as Newcomer of the Year.
Collegiate men’s water polo regular season play wrapped up with 19 matches, including two Top 20 upsets and two overtime affairs.
The top scoring effort of the week came in an overtime affair between #8 Long Beach State and #13 Loyola Marymount that featured 41 combined goals.
Record-setting performances by Oliver Fodor, Emerson Sullivan and Ben Hallock highlighted the Week 10 collegiate water polo conference award winners.
USC, which occupied the #1 spot in the first two CWPA Top 20 polls in 2019, has found its way back to the top, but the Trojans share the slot with Stanford.
Oliver Fodor put in a school record 14 goals for Wagner in a 23-22 loss to Johns Hopkins, while the Bluejays were led by Emerson Sullivan’s record 12 scores.
The Top 5 remained in tact after Week 6 of collegiate men’s water polo play, while several small shifts also highlighted the Oct. 16 Top 20 poll.
Finn Banks tied the Johns Hopkins program record for goals in a game, dropping in 10 in a win over LaSalle on Sunday, the highest tally of Week 4.
With conference play on the horizon in men’s collegiate water polo, SwimSwam looks at the projected standings from each league’s preseason coaches poll.
Stanford regained the #1 spot in the collegiate water polo Top 20 with three Top 10 wins. Whittier College earned its first ranking of 2019 at #20.