Jan. 8, 2008
WOODLAND, CALIF. - The 2007 University of California men's water polo team, winners of back-to-back NCAA titles, had nine players recognized by The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation as members of the 2007 All-Academic Team, it was announced today by MPSF executive director Al Beaird.
Senior captain Adam Haley, senior Michael Sharf, senior Jeff Tyrrell highlight the group - which also includes sophomores Scott Cruikshank, Mike Sample, Grant Mitchell and Andrew Nesbit, and redshirt freshmen Brian Dudley and Daniel Orloff - who were all noted by the MPSF for their academic achievements. To be eligible for the MPSF All-Academic Team, an athlete must have a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, must be at least a sophomore academically, and must have competed in fifty percent or more of a team's matches.
Haley, Sharf and Tyrrell were recently selected to the 2007 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America Team. Sharf, also a finalist for the 2007-08 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top male collegiate water polo player and the 2007 NCAA Tournament MVP, was tabbed as a first-team All-American. Haley was named a second-team All-American, and Tyrrell was selected as a third-team All-American.
Under the direction of head coach Kirk Everist, the Golden Bears finished the 2007 campaign 28-4, winning the NCAA title for the second year in a row with an 8-6 victory over USC on Dec. 2 at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Cal, which had defeated the Trojans, 7-6, in the 2006 national title match, captured its NCAA-record 13th national crown this season.