All-tournament MVP Nikos Papanikolaou and the Cal Bears defeated USC 13-12 on Sunday to win their 15th NCAA championship.
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.
Fordham goalie Bailey O’Mara snapped the Rams’ season record for saves and earned Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference defensive player of the week honors.
Stanford’s Ben Hallock is the fourth player in MPSF history to repeat as Player of the Year. Cal’s Nikolaos Papanikolaou was honored as Newcomer of the Year.
Collegiate men’s water polo regular season play wrapped up with 19 matches, including two Top 20 upsets and two overtime affairs.
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.
Finn Banks tied the Johns Hopkins program record for goals in a game, dropping in 10 in a win over LaSalle on Sunday, the highest tally of Week 4.
#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.