Whittier College’s Dominick Nevarez was honored as the Division III Player of the Year, while his coach David Kasas was tabbed as Coach of the Year.
The inaugural USA Water Polo Men’s Division III Championship match will be an all Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference affair.
The inaugural USA Water Polo Division III National Championship kicks off Saturday with a pair of semifinal matches in Whittier, California.
Collegiate men’s water polo regular season play wrapped up with 19 matches, including two Top 20 upsets and two overtime affairs.
There are only 21 matches on the collegiate men’s water polo Week 11 slate, but the schedule includes three Top 10 affairs on Saturday.
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.
With 140 efforts of a hat trick or more and several stellar performance between the pipes, these players stood out as conference award winners.
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.
The lone Top 10 upset saw #7 Pepperdine edge out #6 Cal 13-12 in overtime on the road Saturday. It marked the Waves first win of the Bears since 2008.
#5 UC Santa Barbara, #7 Pepperdine and #5 USC are looking to avenge earlier season losses to #2 UCLA, #6 Cal and #3 Pacific respectively on water polo Week 6.
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.
With the first USA Water Polo Division III National Championship set for December, Pomona-Pitzer begins the year as the top team in the CWPA DIII Top 10.