All-MPSF Men's Water Polo Selections

Luca Cupido, California (Photo by Catharyn Hayne)
Nov. 21, 2017

2017 All-MPSF Men's Water Polo Selections

2017 MPSF Player of the Year


California senior Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy/Newport Harbor HS) is the MPSF scoring leader with 57 goals (2.71 GPG) entering the NCAA Tournament. He scored two crucial goals in the MPSF Tournament’s third-place game against top-seed Stanford, helping Cal earn an NCAA Tournament bid. He tied the game with 11 seconds left in regulation and then scored the eventual game-winner in overtime. Cupido finished the conference tournament with seven goals, 10 assists, six steals, five blocks and five ejections earned in three games. He was named MPSF Player of the Week on October 16 for the second time in his career, following 11 goals, six assists, and four earned ejections through wins over No. 6 UC Irvine and No. 16 San Jose State. Cupido is Cal’s fourth MPSF Player of the Year, and the first since 1995 (Nick Kittredge-’95; Troy Barnhart-’93, Chris Oeding-‘92).

2017 MPSF Newcomer of the Year


Stanford redshirt-freshman Ben Hallock (Studio City, CA/Harvard-Westlake HS) ranks third in the MPSF in scoring through the MPSF Tournament with 56 goals (2.45 GPG). He was a three-time MPSF Newcomer of the Week, with his third honor on November 6 after his 11th hat trick in a key conference home win over UCLA. That three-goal outing represented the 19th-straight game in which Hallock found the back of the cage. He was also a newcomer of the week after his collegiate debut (Sept. 30) as well as after a three-goal, three-assist effort in a win at Pacific (Oct. 7). He was instrumental in helping Stanford to a 12-game win streak and No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament. Hallock is Stanford’s fifth MPSF Newcomer of the Year (Bret Bonanni-2012, Alex Bowen-’11, Drac Wigo-’06, Will-Hindle Katel-’05).

2017 MPSF Coach of the Year


UCLA head coach Adam Wright has guided the Bruins to a 19-4 record, and an NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed. UCLA is 8-2 this year against the NCAA Tournament field, including a 2-1 record against USC and California (both ranked top-four all year), and 2-0 against fifth-ranked Pacific. UCLA combined for five player and newcomer of the week honors this year. He is 225-37 overall (.859) at the helm of the Bruins, which includes an NCAA record 57-game win streak from 2014-16 as well as two national championships. He has also won 51 of 63 conference games (.810). This is Wright’s second MPSF Coach of the Year honor, also earning it in 2011.