Oct. 11, 2011
WOODLAND, CALIF. - California junior goalie Justin Parsons has been named the KAP7 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week after leading the No. 2-ranked Golden Bears to three victories last weekend, including two versus MPSF foes, it was announced Monday afternoon (Oct. 10) by MPSF commissioner Al Beaird.
Parsons, a 6-6, 206-pounder from San Diego, Calif., helped Cal outscore its opponents 40-19, Oct. 7-9, as the Bears improved to 14-2 and 2-0 in the MPSF. He recorded 11 saves in an 8-5 win at No. 3 UCLA, 10 saves in a 14-6 win at Long Beach State and had five saves in two quarters in an 18-8 victory at No. 9 UC San Diego. On the season, Parsons has tallied 116 saves in 13 matches, averaging 8.9 saves per match.
The Bears' standout goalie is Cal's second MPSF Player of the Week this season. Senior attacker Ivan Rackov was this season's first MPSF Player of the Week Sept. 6 after leading the Bears to a pair of dominating victories (16-5 over UC Davis and 21-3 over Santa Clara) Sept. 3 at the Cal Bear Invitational, scoring 12 goals with eight steals and seven assists.
During the 2010 season, Rackov was named both the ACWPC National Player of the Year and the winner of the Peter J. Cutino Award. Parsons was a third-team ACWPC All-American and second-team All-MPSF last season as a sophomore.
After playing its last 14 matches on the road, Cal will finally be returning home for a huge match versus USC on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Saturday's Trojans-Bears contest in a rematch of last year's NCAA title game in which USC upended Cal, 12-10, in overtime at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Cal's 2011 squad was ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association preseason poll and was tied with USC for first place in the MPSF Preseason Coaches' Poll. After finishing as the national runner-ups in 2010, the Bears will be attempting to win their NCAA-record 14th national men's water polo title in 2011. Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex will be the host site of the 2011 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship.