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.
Nic Porter has been named the MPSF Player of the Week and Carson Kranz is the conference’s Newcomer of the Week.
#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.
Bucknell’s Rade Joksimovic and Andu Vlasceanu garnered MAWPC accolades, while USC’s Nic Porter and Marcus Longston were honored by the MPSF.
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.