All-tournament MVP Nikos Papanikolaou and the Cal Bears defeated USC 13-12 on Sunday to win their 15th NCAA championship.
The senior had another hat trick and took over as USC’s No. 4 all-time scorer.
USC’s Denise Mammolito (pictured) was among the finalists for the award that recognizes the best men’s and women’s players in the NCAA each year.
UCLA beat USC 7-6 on Sunday to win their 12th NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship.
Jacob Mercep is the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week and Max Miller is the Newcomer of the Week.
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.
#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.
#2 USC and #4 Pepperdine punched their tickets to the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships semifinals with victories in Stockton, California, on Thursday.
The NCAA water polo championship saw its first upset in the opening round on Nov. 30. The four remaining matches of the tournament begin Thursday.
Pepperdine, Bucknell, Stanford, Harvard, Whittier and UC Davis won the six collegiate water polo conference titles as postseason play kicked off.
Concordia Irvine’s Marius Jakimcikas put in nine goals in the Eagles’ 22-15 win over La Verne, setting the school season record for goals with 56.
Stanford held down the #1 spot for the second straight week after besting #3 Pacific 11-8, while Fordham moved up to #17 with an upset win over Cal Baptist.
Week 5 of collegiate men’s water polo brought four upsets and five overtime contests. #16 Cal Baptist fell twice, while MIT was part of two overtime affairs.
Chapman’s Graham Asalone dropped a 10 goal performance in an exhibition loss against Lindenwood on Week 3, leading all individual efforts.
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.