Ben Hallock and Makenzie Fischer are named the nation’s top water polo players
Redshirt sophomore BEN HALLOCK and junior MAKENZIE FISCHER were honored with Peter J. Cutino Awards, which recognize the nation’s most outstanding men’s and women’s water polo players, as voted by Division I coaches.
It’s the fourth time one school has swept both men’s and women’s Cutino Awards and the third time Stanford has done it. Tony Azevedo and Brenda Villa were the honorees in 2002 and Azevedo and Jackie Frank the following year.
Fischer, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion, put together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in MPSF history. The ACWPC National Player of the Year and MPSF Player of the Year scored a league-best 3.50 goals per game, the second-highest average in the conference over the past 15 seasons. She scored in every one of the 24 games in which she played and poured in a career-high 84 goals, the second-most in Stanford history, and a single-season record for a national champion.
Named the NCAA Tournament MVP, Fischer, a mechanical engineering major, scored six times at the national championship tournament, including a hat trick in the final against USC. Stanford won its seventh NCAA title and fourth in the past six seasons with a 9-8 victory over the No. 1 Trojans at Avery Aquatic Center.
Hallock was also honored as the National Player of the Year by the Association of College Water Polo Coaches following the 2018 season. He led Stanford in scoring in each of his first two seasons on the Farm, producing 56 goals as a freshman and 65 as a sophomore.
Hallock, an economics major, was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year this past season, after collecting Newcomer of the Year honors last season. He has earned First Team All-America honors in each of his first two seasons.
Hallock led Stanford to the NCAA Championship game. The Cardinal fell to USC, 14-12, in the title match, a game in which he had five goals.