Water Polo player named conference player of the week

USC men’s water polo driver Peter Kurzeka was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week yesterday because of his clutch performance at the NorCal Tournament.

The junior scored two game-winning goals and seven goals overall to lead the third-ranked Trojans to the tournament title.

The first of Kurzeka’s game-winning goals came in the semifinal against No. 1 Cal. With USC clinging to a one-goal lead late in the fourth quarter, Kurzeka notched his fourth goal of the day to put the Trojans up two. That goal proved to be the winning margin as USC survived a late Cal goal to win 12-11.

But Kurzeka outdid himself the next match in the final. With just four seconds left and the score tied 10-10 against UCLA, Kurzeka rifled a shot passed the keeper to give the Trojans the tournament title.

The victory gave the Trojans an 8-0 record to start the season. This was Kurzeka’s second-career MPSF Player of the Week award and it comes on the tail of USC goalie Joel Dennerley being given the same award the previous week.