NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
UCLA Men's Water Polo BIO
Josh Samuels
Player Profile:
Josh Samuels 1263999
Position: Utility
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Villa Park, Calif.
High School: Villa Park

Enters his senior season having scored 108 goals in 79 matches (45 starts)...has registered 90 steals, 40 blocks and 35 assists in his first three years at UCLA.

Started 27 matches...led the Bruins with 49 goals on 132 shot attempts...secured first-team ACWPC All-America acclaim...was a second-team All-MPSF selection...scored a career-high five goals in a sudden-victory overtime win against Pacific (Nov. 4)...finished the season with 15 multiple-goal games...scored at least one goal in 24 of 27 games played...led the team with 48 steals and 19 field blocks...also netted 21 assists and seven earned exclusions...scored four goals in an MPSF win at Long Beach State (Nov. 10)...had one goal in each of UCLA's three MPSF Tournament wins...scored three goals in two NCAA Tournament matches, including two goals in the championship contest against USC (Dec. 4).

Played in 22 matches, making 12 starts...scored 27 goals on 66 attempts, converting at a 40.9 percent rate...ranked third on the team with 27 goals...earned honorable mention ACWPC All-America honors...finished his sophomore campaign with a team-leading 24 steals...ranked second on the squad with 12 blocks...also contributed seven assists and five earned exclusions...won eight sprints...scored in 13 matches, netting nine multiple-goal games...tied his career-high with four goals against Pacific (Oct. 2) in the second round of the SoCal Tournament...also had three three-goal matches - versus USC (Sept. 19) in the championship match of the SoCal Tournament, against Loyola Marymount (Sept. 25) and versus Pacific (Nov. 26) in the first round of the MPSF Tournament.

Played in all 30 matches, making six starts...scored 32 goals, the fourth-highest total on the team, on 87 attempts, converting at a 37 percent clip...also registered 18 steals, nine blocks, seven assists and six earned exclusions...named a second-team All-NCAA Tournament selection...scored in 18 matches, totaling 10 multiple-goal games...recorded a season-high four goals against Iona (Sept. 12) at the Princeton Invitational...had two three-goal efforts - at Loyola Marymount (Oct. 22) and versus California (Nov. 29) in the Bruins' 10-7 championship win at the MPSF Tournament.

High School
Four-year varsity water polo and varsity swimming letterwinner under head coach John Carcich...also was a two-year varsity basketball letterwinner under head coach Kevin Reynolds... named the 2009 Orange County Register Male Athlete of the Year and the 2009 Century League Male Athlete of the Year...earned 2008 Orange County Register Boys Water Polo Player of the Year honors...gained first-team All-County honors (Orange County Register) in 2006, 2007 and 2008...secured first-team California-Hawaii All-America and NISCA All-America acclaim in 2006, 2007 and 2008...earned All-CIF Division II honors all four seasons (first-team honors in 2007 and 2008; co-MVP honors in 2008)...helped lead Villa Park to the 2007 CIF Division II title...also guided Villa Park to four Century League titles...was a four-time All-Century League selection...earned Century League Player of the Year honors in 2007 and 2008...two-year team captain and four-year scholar-athlete selection...concluded career as Villa Park's all-time leading scorer - 408 career goals (scored 140 in 2008; 138 in 2007; 78 in 2006; 51 in 2005)...also established the school record for career assists with 541 (totaled 61 in 1008; 65 in 2007; 53 in 2006; 29 in 2005)...also excelled on the swimming team, earning Century League MVP honors in 2008 and 2009...was a two-year swimming team captain and helped lead Villa Park to four Century League titles...was the 2009 CIF Division II 50 freestyle champion...finished third in the 100 freestyle in 2009...earned second-team All-Orange County Register honors in the 50 and 100 freestyle in 2009...also earned NISCA All-America honors in the 50 and 100 freestyle in 2009...established the school record in the 50 freestyle (20.71 seconds).

Competed for the SoCal Water Polo Foundation...led the 16-and-under team to the gold medal in 2007, earning Co-MVP honors...also led the 18-and-under team to the gold medal in 2009, securing MVP honors.

National Team
Competed for the U.S. Junior National Team from 2004-09 (Cadet, Youth and Junior National Teams)...was a three-year team captain...helped lead the USA Men's Junior National Team to the gold at the 2008 Junior Pan-American Games - scored two goals in Team USA's 13-12 win in the gold-medal match on July 31, 2008...scored a team-leading six goals for Team USA in a 15-11 semifinal win over Brazil at the 2008 Junior Pan-American Games.

Full name: Joshua Martin Kugler Samuels...born July 8, 1991 in Newport Beach, Calif...Josh is the youngest of Martin Samuels and Elizabeth Kugler's three children...sister, Angela, competes for the Loyola Marymount women's swimming, Albert, competes for the Loyola Marymount men's water polo team...undeclared major.

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