Ben Hallock scored four goals, but Team USA lost its World League Super Final opener on Friday, 19-17, in a shootout against host France.
Italy rallied from two goals down with 18 seconds left to force overtime, but Team USA bounced back in the extra shootout session to secure the win.
Italy’s power play defense was stellar, holding Team USA to 3-of-12 shooting while Italy went 3-for-5 with an extra man advantage.
All-tournament MVP Nikos Papanikolaou and the Cal Bears defeated USC 13-12 on Sunday to win their 15th NCAA championship.
Ten Trojans had scored by the close of the third, with Hannes Daube and Wyatt Barker both holding hat tricks on the day. Carson Kranz (pictured) added two.
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.
#2 USC and #4 Pepperdine punched their tickets to the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships semifinals with victories in Stockton, California, on Thursday.
Collegiate men’s water polo regular season play wrapped up with 19 matches, including two Top 20 upsets and two overtime affairs.
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.
#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.
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.
USC was picked to repeat as the NCAA men’s water polo champion, receiving 98 points in the preseason Top 20 coaches poll. just ahead of UCLA and Stanford.
The United States won its seventh straight Pan American Games water polo gold, defeating Canada for the title and securing a spot in the 2020 Olympics.
The United States men’s and women’s water polo teams will face off against Canada on Saturday each looking for a Pan American Games gold medal.