NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
UCLA Men's Water Polo BIO
Matt Rapacz
Player Profile:
Matt Rapacz 1263982
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Orange, Calif.
High School: Villa Park

Played in 26 games as goalkeeper, making 25 starts...logged a 6.86 goals against average, the fourth-lowest mark among MPSF goalkeepers...tallied 180 saves, limiting the opposition to 148 goals in just over 86 quarters (716 minutes, 36 seconds)...captured second-team All-MPSF honors and third-team ACWPC All-America acclaim...named Most Valuable Player at the MPSF Tournament, logging 31 saves in three victories...recorded at least 10 saves in six games...logged a career-high 16 saves in a 9-6 loss at home to USC (Nov. 18)...also had 12 saves in an MPSF victory at Long Beach State (Nov. 10).

Played in seven games as goalkeeper, making six starts...recorded a 5.16 goals against average, totaling 35 saves and allowing 20 goals in 15.5 quarters (124 minutes, 31 seconds)...opened the season competing for the starting goalkeeper position before sustaining an injury at Pacific (Oct. 2), missing UCLA's next 13 games...totaled a career-high 10 saves in a win over Pomona-Pitzer (Oct. 30).

Played in 12 games as goalkeeper, making four starts...posted a 5.41 goals against average, collecting 56 saves in over 22 quarters...served as the Bruins' primary backup goalkeeper, accruing 183 minutes, 27 seconds in the cage...logged a season-high eight saves in two quarters of a 16-6 win over Long Beach State (Oct. 10) in the UCI Invitational...twice registered seven saves, in back-to-back games on the same day of the Princeton Invitational (vs. Brown, Iona on Sept. 12).


High School
Three-year varsity water polo letterwinner at Villa Park High School under head coach John Carcich...also was a two-year varsity swimming letterwinner...established the Villa Park single-season record with 354 saves in 2007; also added 53 assists, the second-highest total on the team...helped lead Villa Park to the 2007 CIF Southern Section Division II championship with a 6-4 victory over Mater Dei; recorded 12 saves in that contest...led Villa Park to a 29-8 overall record and a 5-0 mark in Century League play as a senior (2007)...named the 2007 CIF-SS Div. II Player of the Year...also earned first-team All-Orange County accolades...named the 2007 Century League Co-Most Valuable Player with teammate Josh Samuels...named a first-team California-Hawaii All-America selection as goalkeeper....named most valuable player of the North-South Challenge, totaling 16 saves in the championship victory (3-2) against Atherton Sacred Heart Prep...captured second-team All-CIF-SS Div. II honors in 2006; also was a first-team All-Century League selection that year.

Competed for the SoCal Water Polo Club...earned first-team honors in 2006 and 2007 at the Junior Olympics...helped lead his team to the Junior Olympics championship.

Full name: Matthew Russell Rapacz...born May 19, 1990 in Santa Ana, Calif...Matt is the older of Tom and Mary Rapacz's two children...has one younger sister, Lauren...lists his greatest athletic thrill as having led Villa Park to the CIF Division II title and being named Player of the Year...intends to major in business-economics.

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