Pepperdine, Bucknell, Stanford, Harvard, Whittier and UC Davis won the six collegiate water polo conference titles as postseason play kicked off.
Harvard’s Charlie Owens garnered Most Valuable Player honors, while Brown’s Cole Atwell (Fr., San Diego, Calif./La Jolla) collected Rookie of the Year nods.
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.
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.
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.
Five upsets and three overtime games highlighted opening weekend of the collegiate men’s water polo season with #7 UC Santa Barbara posting three Top 10 wins.