UCLA head men's water polo coach Adam Wright has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend UCLA in the fall of 2018. The class consists of two players from Orange Lutheran High School (Matthew Kacura and Ashworth Molthen) and one from Huntington Beach High School (Jake Cavano).
Six Bruins captured ACWPC All-Academic accolades, as announced by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). The six players consist of senior James Robinson, junior Austin Rone, sophomore James Vlachonassios, redshirt sophomore Alex Wolf and freshmen Evan Rosenfeld and Luke Henriksson.
Six Bruins received MPSF All-Academic accolades, as announced by the league office. The six from UCLA are seniors Matt Farmer, Jack Grover and James Robinson, junior Austin Rone, sophomore James Vlachonassios and redshirt sophomore Alex Wolf.
UCLA's Head Coach Adam Wright was named the ACWPC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career while seniors Alex Roelse and Max Irving were both named first team All-Americans.
UCLA seniors and All-Americans, Matt Farmer and Alex Roelse, will be guests on the Bruin Insider Show on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at the Luskin Center on the campus of UCLA. The show starts at 5 p.m. PT. Fans will have an opportunity to take photos with the two members of the men's water polo team and the 2017 Men's Water Polo NCAA Championship trophy.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for top-seeded UCLA, which lost eight seniors in 2015 and another nine in 2016 to graduation. The Bruins have six true freshmen on their roster playing major minutes and also had a redshirt sophomore goalkeeper playing for the first time as a full-time starter in NCAA competition. But despite the fact that they were picked to finish fourth by the league coaches, they matured into a strong defensive unit that held the nation's top offensive team in their home pool to just five goals, winning the programs' 11th national title and UCLA's 114th NCAA Championship with a 7-5 win over third-seeded USC on Sunday afternoon at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Bruins finished the year at 21-4 while USC dropped to 27-4.
Top-seeded UCLA (20-4, 1-2 MPSF) advanced to Sunday's NCAA Championship game with an 11-9 win over No. 5 Pacific (21-6) at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center in the first semifinal game of the 2017 NCAA Championship. Freshman Nicolas Saveljic led the Bruins in scoring with a game-high-tying three goals. Three seniors, Alex Roelse, Jack Grover and Max Irving, each scored twice for UCLA.
The Bruins open NCAA Tournament play as the top seed in the first semifinal vs. No. 5 Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. PT at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The game will be streamed live on NCAA.com with Greg Mescall calling all of the exciting action.
In addition to UCLA head coach Adam Wright being named the 2017 MPSF Coach of the Year, six Bruins earned All-MPSF accolades, led by senior center Matt Farmer's first team selection. Three Bruins were named to the second team All-MPSF and included senior utility Alex Roelse, senior utility Jack Grover and senior attacker Max Irving. Two more Bruins, freshman attacker Nicolas Saveljic and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alex Wolf garnered honorable mention All-MPSF accolades.
The UCLA men's water polo team (19-4) has earned the No. 1 seed at the 2017 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship at USC on Dec. 2-3. The Bruins will be seeking their 11th NCAA title in the sport and the school's 114th overall.
Third-ranked UCLA (19-4, 1-2 MPSF) fell to fourth-ranked USC (25-3, 1-2 MPSF) in the title game of the 2017 MPSF Championship this afternoon at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center by a score of 7-5. The Bruins struggled in power play situations, going 0-for-5 on offense and 5-for-10 on defense. The Bruins are now in a waiting game as the NCAA selections will be announced later this evening, which will include the two at-large berths.
Check out this featured preview of the 2017 MPSF Men's Water Polo Tournament, written by Michael Randazzo for Swimming World Magazine.
Third-ranked UCLA (19-3, 1-2 MPSF) posted its second-straight win over the second-ranked team in the country, only this time it was at the hands of the California Golden Bears (18-3, 2-1 MPSF) by an 8-5 count in the semifinals of the 2017 MPSF Tournament at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center on Friday night. Despite not having a single power play or penalty score, the Bruins used a solid defensive effort to hold Cal's offense to just a 1-for-10 effort on power plays.
Third-seeded UCLA (18-3, 1-2 MPSF) opens up postseason play this weekend at the 2017 MPSF Championship at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center on Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. PT when it takes on defending NCAA Champion and second-seeded California (18-2, 2-1 MPSF). The winner of the UCLA/California game will advance to Sunday's championship contest while the loser will return to action on Saturday at noon against the third-place team from a group that includes No. 1 seed Stanford, No. 4 USC and No. 5 Penn State Behrend.
Fourth-ranked UCLA (18-3, 1-2) concluded the 2017 regular season with an epic 12-11 sudden victory over cross-town rival, No. 2 USC (22-3, 1-2) to earn its first conference win of the season on Saturday afternoon on "Senior Day" at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruin seniors came up huge, scoring nine of the 12 goals, including the game-winning score from senior Alex Roelse at the 2:38 mark of the golden goal overtime period. With the win, the Bruins swept USC during the regular season, improving to 85-79-1 all-time against the Trojans.