Dec. 1, 2009
WOODLAND, Calif. - Senior attacker Scott Davidson of the UCLA men's water polo team has been honored as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Player of the Year. Davidson, a first-team All-MPSF selection, becomes the first Bruin to secure MPSF Player of the Year honors since 2000, when Sean Kern earned the conference's top honor.
Three other Bruins have earned All-MPSF recognition, as announced by the MPSF office on Tuesday. Senior goalkeeper Chay Lapin and junior attacker Ben Hohl have been named second-team All-MPSF selections. Sophomore attacker Cullen Hennessy has secured honorable mention All-MPSF accolades.
Davidson enters the NCAA Tournament this weekend as UCLA's scoring leader with 42 goals in 28 matches. The native of Seal Beach, Calif., has scored in 22 of 28 matches, having registered 15 multiple-goal performances. He scored a season-best four goals in a 7-6 loss to No. 1 USC on Nov. 7.
Davidson currently ranks fifth on UCLA's career scoring list, having totaled 147 goals in four seasons. He earned second-team All-MPSF honors as a sophomore in 2007, after leading UCLA with 49 goals that fall.
Lapin has become just the fourth player in UCLA men's water polo history to earn All-MPSF honors in each of his four seasons in Westwood. The Long Beach, Calif., resident broke UCLA's career saves record last weekend, eclipsing Brandon Brooks' 700-save total. Lapin enters the upcoming NCAA Tournament having logged 707 career saves, including 193 this fall. He sports a 4.62 goals against average in 26 matches.
Hohl has earned All-MPSF recognition for the first time in his three-year career. The native of Atherton, Calif., has scored 37 goals in 28 matches, the second-highest goal total on the team. Hohl led UCLA with nine goals in three MPSF Tournament games last weekend, helping guide the Bruins to their first MPSF Touranment title since 2000. Hohl has scored 97 goals in 80 career matches.
Hennessy was named an honorable mention All-MPSF selection for the first time in his career. The sophomore from Fairfax, Calif., has scored 23 goals in 28 matches. Hennessy has netted at least one goal in eight of UCLA's last nine matches, including one goal versus USC and California in the Bruins' final two MPSF Tournament contests last weekend.
Pacific's Goran Tomasevic was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year. UC Irvine head coach Marc Hunt was honored as the MPSF Coach of the Year.
UCLA plays in the NCAA Tournament this weekend at Princeton University. The second-seeded Bruins (22-6) face No. 3-seed Loyola Marymount (19-7) in a semifinal match on Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT). The winner advances to the NCAA championship match on Sunday against either No. 1-seed USC or No. 4-seed Princeton.