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.
Pepperdine, Bucknell, Stanford, Harvard, Whittier and UC Davis won the six collegiate water polo conference titles as postseason play kicked off.
For the third consecutive season the University of the Pacific’s Luke Pavillard is the Golden Coast Conference Player of the Year honors.
Collegiate men’s water polo regular season play wrapped up with 19 matches, including two Top 20 upsets and two overtime affairs.
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.
#9 Harvard went 4-0 at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament to move to 22-0, while RV Cal Baptist and Santa Clara each posted two water polo Week 8 upsets.
UC Santa Barbara is the new #1 after knocking off five Top 10 teams, including #1 USC and #1 Stanford. Fordham claims its first Top 20 ranking since 2017.
#2 UC Santa Barbara knocked off newly-minted #1 USC and registered an overtime win over #6 Pepperdine on Week 3 of collegiate men’s water polo play.
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.