UCLA Men's Water Polo's Matt Rapacz Named MPSF Tournament MVP

Nov. 28, 2011

LOS ANGELES - UCLA junior Matt Rapacz has earned Most Valuable Player honors at the MPSF Men's Water Polo Tournament, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Rapacz is joined by juniors Griffin White and Josh Samuels on the 2011 MPSF All-Tournament Team.

Rapacz totaled 31 saves in UCLA's three overtime wins at the MPSF Tournament last weekend, helping lead the Bruins to their second MPSF Tournament title in the last three years. The former Villa Park High School standout posted a 6.67 goals against average in the tournament and has logged a 7.09 GAA in 24 matches this season.

White scored a team-leading five goals through the MPSF Tournament, netting two in each of UCLA's wins against Pepperdine and California. White also scored one goal in the Bruins' sudden victory overtime win versus USC on Sunday afternoon. UCLA's second-leading scorer this season, White ranks 15th among MPSF players with a 1.59 goals per game average.

Samuels had one goal in each of UCLA's three games at the MPSF Tournament. The junior from Villa Park, Calif., enters the NCAA Tournament having scored a team-leading 46 goals in 25 matches this fall. Samuels ranks eighth among MPSF players with a 1.84 goals per game average.

The MPSF All-Tournament Team also includes USC's Joel Dennerley (goalkeeper) and Peter Kurzeka, Stanford's Forrest Watkins, California's Ivan Rackov and UC Irvine's Mitch Wise.

UCLA enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3-seed UC San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 3. Game time at California's Spieker Aquatic Complex is 3 p.m. Earlier that day, No. 1-seed USC will face No. 4-seed Princeton at 1 p.m.

Sunday's championship match is slated for a 3 p.m. start.

2011 MPSF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTIONS

No. Player Team Year Position
1 Matt Rapacz UCLA Junior Goalkeeper
1 Joel Dennerley USC Senior Goalkeeper
4 Peter Kurzeka USC Senior Driver
10 Forrest Watkins Stanford Sophomore Utility
6 Ivan Rackov California Senior Attacker
5 Mitch Wise UC Irvine Sophomore Driver
5 Griffin White UCLA Junior Attacker
23 Josh Samuels UCLA Junior Attacker
bold indicates tournament MVP



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