2002 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

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2002 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
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DatesDecember 2002
Teams4
ChampionsStanford (10th title)
Runners-upCalifornia (18th title game)
Matches played4
Goals scored59 (14.75 per match)
Attendance4,767 (1,192 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Michael Vieira, Queens–NY (5)
Tony Azevedo, Stanford (5)
Best playerTony Azevedo, Stanford (2)
2001
2003

The 2002 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the 34th annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA men's collegiate water polo. Tournament matches were played at the Burns Aquatic Center on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California during December 2002.[1]

Stanford defeated rival California in the final, 7–6, to win their tenth national title. The Cardinal (24–5) were coached by John Vargas.

The Most Outstanding Player of the tournament was again Tony Azevedo from Stanford. Azevedo, along with six other players, also comprised the All-Tournament Team.

Azevedo, along with Queens College's Michael Vieira, were the tournament's leading scorers, with 5 goals each.

Qualification[edit]

Since there has only ever been one single national championship for water polo, all NCAA men's water polo programs (whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III) were eligible. A total of 4 teams were invited to contest this championship.

Team Appearance Previous
California 23rd 1995
UC San Diego 9th 2000
Queens College (NY) 2nd 1997
Stanford 25th 2001

Bracket[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  Stanford 10  
  UC San Diego 5    
      Stanford 7
      California 6
  California 14    
  Queens (NY) 6   Third Place
 
UC San Diego 5
  Queens (NY) 6OT

All-tournament team[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's Water Polo Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved May 30, 2015.