Men's Water Polo
    Adam Shilling Named MPSF Co-Player of the Week
    Adam Shilling has been named the MPSF Mikasa Co-Player of the Week.
    Adam Shilling has been named the MPSF Mikasa Co-Player of the Week.

    Oct. 8, 2007

    The USC men's water polo team leads the nation in team defense for a couple reasons. Not only are the Trojans well-versed in defensive strategy, they have an experienced and talented goalie backing up their cause in the cage. USC senior Adam Shilling leads the conference with just 4.5 goals-allowed per game. And last week, he put forth another dominating performance against No. 3 Stanford, helping secure the Trojans' eighth straight win and earning himself honors as the MPSF Mikasa Co-Player of the Week.

    Shilling had 10 saves for the Trojans to help secure a lopsided win in a marquee matchup against No. 3 Stanford last weekend. After the Cardinal managed two 6-on-5 scores during the first half, Shilling and the USC defense shut out the Cardinal for over two periods of play. Shilling had a big 5-on-6 save to spark the shutout run, making a save in the final two minutes of the second period. In addition to his 10 saves in the match, Shilling also picked up two steals. With Shilling in the cage, USC has now managed to hold Stanford to just two goals in three separate games the past three years. In the 2005 NCAA Championship game, USC beat Stanford 3-2, and USC topped Stanford 6-2 last year in their MPSF clash.

    This is Shilling's third career MPSF weekly honor and first this season. He is the second Trojan to earn the honor this year, as Gabor Sarusi was named MPSF Mikasa Player of the Week on Sept. 17. Shilling shares this week's honor with Cal's Vladislav Andreyev.