Seven Trojans Earn MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete Accolades
After a run to the NCAA final for the 12th consecutive season, seven members of the USC men’s water polo team have shown they are working as hard in the classroom as they are in the pool. USC had piled seven Trojans on the MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honor roll, including five standouts boasting over a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
National Player of the Year McQuin Baron Leads Seven Trojan All-Americans
After a 24-2 season that saw the Trojans win the MPSF Championship and roll up their 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA final, USC men’s water polo locks in with seven Trojans on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America list for 2016. For the 10th time in program history, USC has staked a claim on the National Player of the Year award. Junior goalie McQuin Baron becomes the eighth Trojan to earn that honor, and the second USC goalie to be selected as the National Player of the Year by the. Baron also picks up a spot on the ACWPC All-America First Team, where he is joined by fellow junior and fellow Cutino Award finalist Blake Edwards. Five more Trojans are on the All-America list, with junior Matteo Morelli earning a place on the All-America Second Team. Two more juniors — Lachlan Edwards and Grant Stein — are on the All-America Third Team. And on the All-America Honorable Mention list are senior Nick Bell and freshman Matt Maier.
Two Trojans Take Spots As Cutino Award Finalists
For the second time in program history, the USC men’s water polo team has doubled up on finalists for the prestigious Peter J. Cutino Award — collegiate water polo’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. For their powerful efforts in propelling the Trojans to a 12th straight appearance in the NCAA final, goalie McQuin Baron and driver Blake Edwards both find themselves in line for the game’s highest honor. Both juniors, Baron and Edwards represent the balanced strength of the USC program in 2016. Baron and Edwards’ selection as finalists make it a group of nine Trojans to have earned that honor in program history.
USC Falls In Overtime In NCAA Championship Game
The USC men's water polo team saw a two-goal advantage melt away as host California forced today's NCAA Championship bout into overtime. The Bears were the beneficiaries of some big goals in OT, crafting a lead with two goals in the final minute of the first overtime frame and pressing on to finish out an 11-8 victory and claim the 2016 national championship. USC -- in its 12th straight trip to the NCAA title match -- came up short of a possible 10th championship while the Bears claim their 14th men's crown. The Trojans wrap up 2016 with a 24-2 overall record.
USC Streaks Through NCAA Semifinal To Make 12th Straight Trip To NCAA Title Match
The USC men's water polo team staked its claim on a 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA title match with a resounding 19-4 semifinal victory over Harvard today at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif. Now 24-1 overall, the top-ranked Trojans will carry a 16-game win streak into tomorrow's national championship bout, which is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 4) against host Cal. The Trojans are looking to capture the program's 10th national championship on the men's side.