USC's Mace Rapsey Named MPSF Tournament MVP|
Nov. 27, 2012
USC junior Mace Rapsey was a driving force for the Trojans throughout the 2012 MPSF Tournament. His offensive explosions and defensive prowess earned him the distinction of the MPSF Tournament MVP, leading a group of four Trojans on the recently named MPSF All-Tournament Team. Rapsey is joined by fellow juniors James Clark and Nikola Vavic, along with sophomore Kostas Genidounias on this year's All-Tournament honor roll.
With the combined efforts of USC's four honorees paired with a powerful team stand in the Trojans' home pool over the weekend, USC successfully kept its undefeated 2012 record intact in a run to the 2012 MPSF Tournament championship -- USC's eighth all-time. That effort sewed up the automatic slot in this weekend's NCAA Tournament for the Trojans, who are set up to defend a string of four straight national championships when the NCAA Tournament begins at USC's own McDonald's Swim Stadium.
Mace Rapsey's effort in the run to the MPSF crown was most notably felt in the title match, when the junior ripped in a career-high four goals to lead the Trojans to victory over Cal. He had also provided two big goals in the semifinals win over Stanford, and finished the tournament with eight total goals to go along with a bevy of field blocks and defensive stops for the Trojans. Kostas Genidounias also put forth an all-around effort in the pool for the Trojan cause, rifling in eight goals as well en route to his spot on the MPSF All-Tournament Team. Fellow scoring machine Nikola Vavic continued his streak of goals in every game for the Trojans this season, pumping in five goals and serving up countless assists to further charge up the Trojan offense and score a spot on the MPSF All-Tournament Team. And on the defensive end, USC goalie James Clark proved a wall in the cage once again, accumulating 27 saves in two and a half games of work to keep the Trojans on pace to the title.