All-MPSF Teams List Is Seven Trojans Strong|
Nov. 27, 2012
As if USC's undefeated run into this weekend's NCAA Tournament at the Trojans' own McDonald's Swim Stadium wasn't powerful enough, USC has now landed a set of seven Trojans on the 2012 All-MPSF honor roll. There are seven spots on the All-MPSF First Team, and the Trojans have taken over half of them.
Three USC juniors -- James Clark, Jeremy Davie and Nikola Vavic -- are joined by sophomore Kostas Genidounias on the 2012 All-MPSF First Team. Redshirt senior Michael Rosenthal has grabbed his first career All-MPSF honors with a spot on the All-MPSF Second Team. And two more Trojans are locked in with All-MPSF Honorable Mention -- redshirt senior Matt Burton and junior Mace Rapsey. USC's seven honorees matches a program high all-conference selections hit only one other time, in 2007. USC also matches its program record of four First Team picks, following up last year's foursome on the way to USC's national championship four-peat.
USC juniors Jeremy Davie and Nikola Vavic reign supreme with back-to-back All-MPSF First Team honors. Davie was a second-team pick as a freshman, and Vavic received honorable mention. This year, the duo are joined at the top by junior newcomer James Clark, who stands tall on the All-MPSF First Team in his debut season as a Trojan. So, too, is sophomore Kostas Genidounias enjoying his first All-MPSF First Team accolades after honorable mention last year in his freshman season. All told, Vavic and Genidounias are the Trojans' undisputed scoring machines. Nikola Vavic leads all with the third-most single-season goals in USC history, having punched in 79 for the Trojans with two games still to go. He also currently ranks No. 4 all-time in career goals with 169. Genidounias, meanwhile, has doubled his freshman year count -- which wasn't too shoddy either -- and knocked in 62 goals to date this season. That's the sixth most in a season by a Trojan. First Team veteran Jeremy Davie is up to 27 goals on the year as the Trojans' go-to 2-meter man. Davie's strength in the hole has opened up a potent perimeter game for the Trojans, while goalie James Clark has taken care of big duties on the defensive end. Holding court in the cage in 17 games this season has been another Australian import in newcomer Clark. His spot on the All-MPSF First Team has been well earned as he has held strong in averaging 10.1 saves per game and allowing just 6.0 goals per game.
There's a newcomer to the MPSF honor roll in All-MPSF Second Team pick Michael Rosenthal. The savvy redshirt senior recently hit a career-high four goals in USC's first-round win at the MPSF Tournament, giving the speedy senior 28 goals on the year. He has been charged with the majority of USC's opening sprints, and has outraced his opponents almost across the board. Rosenthal earned his first All-American honors last season, and this year's all-conference pick is the first of his Trojan career as he now also tries to help USC to a fifth straight national championship.
Helping to bring home that program-high of conference honorees are USC's two All-MPSF Honorable Mention recipients. Redshirt senior Matt Burton now has his second career spot on the team, having notched honorable mention as a junior in 2010. The defensive-minded Burton has also strutted his scoring stuff this season with 27 goals, and most recently blasted two big goals for the Trojans in their MPSF Tournament championship win last weekend. That's also where junior Mace Rapsey made a powerful statement for his candidacy for MPSF Tournament MVP. Rapsey knocked in eight goals for the Trojans in the tourney, including a career-high four in the title match. Rapsey holds 28 goals on the year now as he has also wielded a deft defensive hand with a prowess for field blocks and steals in his third season as a Trojan.
Keep your eyes on the pool this weekend. USC's All-MPSF crew has plenty of talented teammates set to hit McDonald's Swim Stadium this weekend in defense of the Trojans' record-setting four straight national championships. The action begins Dec. 1 with top-seeded USC facing No. 4 seed Air Force at 1 p.m. Also in the NCAA Tournament are No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 3 seed St. Francis Brooklyn, who play at 3:12 p.m. that same afternoon. The national championship game will be held at 3:12 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 2). CLICK HERE here for tickets