1982 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

The 1982 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the 14th annual NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship to determine the national champion of NCAA men's college water polo. Tournament matches were played at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, California during December 1982.[1]

1982 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
DatesDecember 1982
ChampionsUC Irvine (2nd title)
Runners-upStanford (5th title game)
Matches played12
Goals scored192 (16 per match)
Attendance2,128 (177 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Peter Neushul, UCSB (9)
Best playerJames Bergeson, Stanford & Peter Campbell, UC Irvine & John O'Brien, UC Irvine

UC Irvine defeated Stanford in the final, 7–4, to win their second national title. The Anteaters also finished the season undefeated (30–0).

James Bergeson (Stanford), Peter Campbell (UC Irvine), and John O'Brien (UC Irvine) were named the Co-Most Outstanding Players of the tournament. An All-Tournament Team, consisting of eight players, was also named.

The tournament's leading scorer was Peter Heushul from UC Santa Barbara (9 goals).


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.

Team Appearance Previous
Brown 4th 1981
California 10th 1981
Loyola–Chicago 7th 1980
Stanford 10th 1981
UC Irvine 13th 1981
UC Santa Barbara 10th 1981
UCLA 11th 1981
USC 6th 1980


  Fifth place Consolation semifinals First round Championship semifinals Championship
       UC Irvine  13  
       Brown  2  
     Brown  8          UC Irvine  8  
     USC  11          California  5  
     California (OT)  7
       USC  6  
     USC  8          UC Irvine  7
     UC Santa Barbara  6          Stanford  4
       Stanford  13  
         Loyola–Chicago  10  
   Loyola–Chicago  7          Stanford  11
  Seventh place        UC Santa Barbara  12          UCLA  9     Third place
     Brown  7      UCLA  8      California  9
     Loyola–Chicago  5        UC Santa Barbara  6        UCLA  10

All-tournament team

See also


  1. "Men's Water Polo Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
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