Seven Trojans Earn MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete Accolades|
Jan. 12, 2017
After a run to the NCAA final for the 12th consecutive season, seven members of the USC men’s water polo team have shown they are working as hard in the classroom as they are in the pool. USC had piled seven Trojans on the MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honor roll, including five standouts boasting over a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
MPSF Scholar-Athlete status goes to student-athletes who are academically at least a sophomore and who hold a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher. USC’s seven MPSF Scholar-Athletes represent a significant upgrade from last season’s four Trojans on the list. Repeat honoree Mihajlo Milicevic (3.68 GPA, business administration) — also the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award — leads the way again, joined by fellow juniors Matteo Morelli (3.55, business administration) and Lazar Pasuljevic (3.08, real estate development) for their second set of MPSF academic honors. Junior Blake Edwards (3.32, communication) has landed his first academic award with this season’s selection. And also joining the crew this season for their first set of academic accolades are redshirt sophomores Tim Leong (3.66, business - cinematic arts) and Brock Hudnut (3.59, industrial systems engineering), and redshirt freshman Daniel Leong (3.6, business & communication).
The whole group contributed to the Trojans’ run to the 2016 MPSF Championship and on to the NCAA title match. Edwards was USC’s top scorer with 42 goals on the year, followed closely by Morelli with 37. Pasuljevic added 18 for the Trojans, while fellow junior Milicevic tallied 18. Daniel Leong pine dup 12 goals in his first season of action as a Trojan, with Hudnut and Tim Leong generating three goals apiece to aid the Trojan cause in 2016.