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1972 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

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Dates  December 1972
Champions  UCLA (3rd title)
Third place  San José State
Teams  8
Runners-up  UC Irvine
Fourth place  USC
1972 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

The 1972 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the fourth annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA men's college water polo. Tournament matches were played at the Armond H. Seidler Natatorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico during December 1972.


UCLA defeated UC Irvine in the final, 10–5, to win their third, and second consecutive, national title.

The leading scorer for the tournament was Jim Kruse from UC Irvine (31 goals). The Most Outstanding Player of the tournament was Eric Lindroth from UCLA. Additionally, an All-Tournament Team was named for the first time this year.


Since there has only ever been one single national championship for water polo, all NCAA men's water polo programs (whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III) were eligible. A total of 8 teams were invited to contest this championship.


  • Site: Armond H. Seidler Natatorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Consolation Bracket

  • Winner advanced to the Second Place Final against the loser of the Championship.
  • First team

  • Eric Lindroth, UCLA (Most Outstanding Player)
  • Bruce Black, UC Irvine
  • Kevin Craig, UCLA
  • Jack Dickmann, UC Irvine
  • Brad Jackson, San José State
  • Jim Kruse, UC Irvine
  • Dennis Needleman, USC
  • Second team

  • Garth Bergeson, UCLA
  • Curt Caldwell, USC
  • Greg Carey, UC Santa Barbara
  • Lucky Linder, USC
  • Scott Massey, UCLA
  • Ed Samuels, San José State
  • Steve Spencer, San José State
  • References

    1972 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship Wikipedia

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