#2 seed Cal Lutheran defeated top seeded Pomona-Pitzer, 10-9, and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and the Regals’ first SCIAC crown since 2009, denying the Sagehens a three-peat.
Stanford’s Makenzie Fischer, Ryann Neushul and John Tanner swept the MPSF Player, Newcomer and Coach of the Year honors to lead the conference’s postseason awards.
Five collegiate water polo conferences named Week 13 players of the week, including the MPSF, which honored USC’s Paige Hauschild for her 100th career goal.
With just one year separating them in age, the Furano sisters – Ally and Paige – have often been lumped together. They have shared the same friends, played the same sports and now, even attend the same college. One place they are truly individuals, however, is the pool.
Pomona-Pitzer’s Natalie Hill was named the 2019 SCIAC Athlete of the Year, while the league’s Newcomer of the Year award went to Cal Lutheran’s Lexi Rond.
Maddy Steere and Abby Andrews of the University of Michigan claim Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors, while Princeton University head coach Derek Ellingson takes Coach of the Year accolades to headline the 2019 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division I All-Conference Team.
After Brown upset #22 Marist 6-4, the Red Foxes dropped to #24, leaving an opening for Cal State Northridge and Azusa Pacific each to move up a spot to #22 and #23 respectively. With the win, Brown also mention among the vote getters, joining Indiana just outside the Top 25.
All seven automatic berths for the NCAA Championships will be decided in league tournaments across the country beginning Friday.
The 2019 Water Polo World Championships field was drawn into four groups for each gender on April 9 ahead of the tournaments set to begin July 13 in Gwangju, South Korea.
All spots are booked in the Champion League Final Eight: five sides will return from last year (Recco, Brescia, Barceloneta, Jug and Olympiacos), while there will be three newcomers.
Auriel Bill of Cal State East Bay and Chanel Schilling of UC San Diego highlight the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) all-conference teams announced Wednesday.
University of the Pacific junior Kyra Christmas claimed back-to-back Golden Coast Conference Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year honors.
It’s decision time, most of the open questions, if not all, could be settled on the penultimate day in the Champions League prelims.
Although there were just 23 games played on Week 13, that did not stop the goal onslaught. Forty-seven players got in on the act as 51 efforts of three of more goals were recorded.
Of the 13 Week 13 contests involving a ranked team, just one resulted in an upset as Brown bested #22 Marist 6-4 in a non-conference battle. Meanwhile, #7 UC Irvine and Pomona-Pitzer claimed conference crowns with victories.