Blake Edwards Leads Eight Trojan All-Americans For 2015|
Dec. 18, 2015
The USC men’s water polo team caps off an 11th consecutive run to the NCAA title match with a set of eight Trojans on the ACWPC All-American honor roll. USC’s eight 2015 All-Americans matches the most honorees in program history. USC has emerged with eight All-Americans four times now in the past seven seasons, also hitting that mark in 2009, 2011 and 2012. For 2015, the powerful Trojan class of All-American is led by newcomer Blake Edwards, who was USC’s top scorer on the year and who has landed a spot as a First Team All-American. For the second season in a row, sophomore McQuin Baron is slotted as a Second Team All-American, where he is joined for the first time by fellow sophomore Lachlan Edwards. Repeat All-American Honorable Mention accolades go to junior Nick Bell and sophomores Mihajlo Milicevic and James Walters, with fellow sophomores Matteo Morelli and Grant Stein earned their first All-American honors of their Trojan careers.
In his first season as a Trojan, Blake Edwards certainly made a splash at USC. His team-high 68 goals was the sixth most by a Trojan in a single season. He scored in 25 games with 18 multiple-goal efforts, including a hat trick in the Trojans’ NCAA semifinal win over Cal to help launch USC into the final for the 11th consecutive year. Along the way to his selection to the All-American First Team, Edwards also was named to the All-MPSF First Team and the NCAA All-Tournament First Team.
USC’s sophomore goalie McQuin Baron stood tall once again for the Trojans, collecting 282 saves in 2015 — just six off his single-season record set as a freshman last year. Just two seasons into his Trojan career, Baron already ranks No. 6 all-time in career saves with 570. Named to the All-American Second Team for the second season, Baron adds to this season’s accolades on the All-MPSF Second Team and NCAA All-Tournament Second Team. Baron hauled in a career-high 19 saves twice this season — both in crucial Trojan victories — to help beat Stanford in overtime at the MPSF Tournament and then to top California in the NCAA semifinals. In all, Baron averaged 11.1 saves and just 6.2 goals against per game. He had at least 10 saves in seven of the last nine games of the year, and in 14 games overall.
Sophomore Lachlan Edwards has landed his first career All-American honors in joining Baron on the All-American Second Team. The two-meter man shouldered the load for the Trojans at set and ripped in 40 goals to stand as USC’s third leading scorer on the year. He got to the back of the net in 21 games with 11 multiple-goal outings, including a pair scored in the NCAA final and a hat trick tallied in USC’s key win over Pacific at the MPSF Tournament. Edwards also made a name for himself with selection to the All-MPSF Second Team and a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team this season.
USC’s fist of five Trojans on the All-American Honorable Mention list is led by relative veteran Nick Bell. The junior also has four sophomores by his side on the honor roll this season, including repeat honorees Mihajlo Milicevic and James Walters. They are accompanied by sophomores Matteo Morelli and Grant Stein this season, after that crew came up clutch for the Trojans on plenty of occasions in 2015. Bell plugged in 29 goals for the Trojan cause in his junior season, running up his career count to 72 goals. Bell struck in 16 games with nine multiple-goal efforts, including two goals in USC’s NCAA semifinal win over Cal. Sophomore Milicevic added 19 goals while standing out as a defensive force for USC once again. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament First Team this season as an upgrade from last year’s pick to the Second Team. Milicevic scored in 17 games with a pair of two-goal outings. Sophomore Walters has his second Honorable Mention pick in-hand after providing 20 goals for the Trojans with scores in 15 games, with five of those weighing in as multiple-goal efforts. USC’s two newbies on the All-American Honorable Mention docket combined for 88 goals in 2015. Sophomore Stein was the Trojans’ second leading scorer with 45 goals on the year. He scored in 22 games with 13 multiple-goal efforts, including a four-goal game that including the game-winner in USC’s overtime victory over Stanford in the MPSF Tournament. Stein also secured All-MPSF Honorable Mention this season. Weighing in with his first career honor is sophomore Morelli, who was USC’s fourth leading scorer in 2015 with 33 goals. Morelli scored twice in USC’S NCAA semifinal win and finished the year having scored in 18 games with seven multiple-goal efforts.