Nov. 28, 2000
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UCLA senior two-meter Sean Kern (Honolulu, HI) has been named the MPSF Men's Water Polo Player of the Year, chosen by the league's head coaches and announced by MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird this afternoon. In addition, five other Bruins earned All-MPSF honors.
Kern, a 2000 Olympian, returned to the Bruins after missing the first eight games of the season to score four goals against USC in his MPSF season debut, earning MPSF Player of the Week honors. Kern's accolades include 1999 NCAA Player of the Year, first ever recipient of the Peter J. Cutino Award and the MVP of the 1999 NCAA Championship after scoring four goals to seal the 6-5 win over Stanford. Kern, who also earned First Team All-MPSF honors for the second straight year, was instrumental in UCLA's MPSF Championship Tournament run. Kern has scored 29 goals in 15 games, with four assists and 16 steals.
Playmakers Brian Brown (Santa Ana, CA) and Adam Wright (Seal Beach, CA) joined goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Honolulu, HI) on the second team. Wright led the team in scoring and assists with 39 goals and 28 assists in only 18 games. Brown was second on the team with 38 goals, including four in the MPSF Championship game. Brooks has started and played in all 24 games, and has a 5.06 GAA.
Two Bruins earned third team honors- Andy Bailey (San Clemente, CA) and Dave Parker (Orinda, CA). Both players have surpassed their previous career-highs in goals. Bailey leads the team in steals with 32, and has scored 21 goals. Parker has 26 goals and 34 earned ejections.
Kern and Brown also earned All-Tournament honors for their performances in last weekend's MPSF Tournament. Brown scored four goals in the championship game to lead the Bruins to the 6-5 win over California. He finished the tournament with seven goals in three games. Kern had five goals on the weekend, including four in the 9-4 win over Pepperdine.
UCLA looks to win its seventh NCAA title and fourth in six years next weekend at the NCAA Tournament at Pepperdine. The No. 1 seed Bruins take on No. 4 seed Navy on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Championship game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.