Four Men's Water Polo Waves Named All-Academic MPSF Scholar-Athletes
Jan. 13, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Four Pepperdine men's water polo student-athletes were named All-Academic Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Scholar-Athletes, MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird announced today. Senior Andrew Milcovich, redshirt junior Matt Brown, junior Colin Carroll and sophomore Bence Valics represented the Waves as scholar-athletes.
These Waves were nominated for this award based on the following criteria: 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average; student-athlete is at least a sophomore academically, completed one full academic year at the institution prior to this season and competed in 50 percent or more of the school's competition during this season.
Brown (Bellevue, Wash./Brown Academy) boasts a 3.85 GPA as a sports medicine major. This is the second-straight year he has been named All-Academic MPSF. Brown finished with seven goals this season, including a hat trick against Harvard.
Carroll (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) is majoring in sports medicine and has a 3.77 GPA. For the second-straight season he has been named All-Academic MPSF. The junior finished the 2011 campaign with a career-high 10 goals, including two multi-goal games in wins over Harvard and Bucknell.
Milcovich (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle HS) has a 3.13 GPA as an economics major and is a three-time All-Academic MPSF selection. From the attacker position this season, he was second on the team with 40 goals scored. He led the team with 30 assists and added eight steals. He scored a season and career high four goals vs. Bucknell. He had 13 multi-goal games and scored a hat trick on five different occasions. He finished off his career in Malibu with an impressive 96 career goals.
Valics (Eger, Hungary/Erzsebet Secondary), a sophomore, has a 3.15 GPA studying pre-international business. He finished the season with 237 saves through 22 games played, the most by any Wave since Wells Guthrie made 251 saves in 1990. Overall he averaged 10.8 saves per game. He had a season and career high 17 saves against UC Santa Barbara in the NorCal Tournament to help lead the Waves to a 15-12 overtime victory.
A grand total of 63 men's water polo players from the nine MPSF schools earned the title of All-Academic led by Stanford with 14 selections.