Water Polo - 2011
Joseph Axelrad forever cemented his place in UCLA history with his stellar
performance throughout the 2004-2005 campaign to the NCAA Water Polo
Championship, bottling up opponents to guide the Bruins to the school’s
historic 95th national title.
A Studio City native, Axelrad was lauded with awards for his defense, earning
first team All-America and All-Pac 10 honors in leading the Bruins to their best
record in nearly 40 years (25-3) that included a near-record 18-game winning
streak. Moreover, the senior goalkeeper was heralded as the finest amongst all
UCLA male athletes for 2004-2005 with the prestigious Pacific-10 Conference
Medal, awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding studentathlete
based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance
and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
As a junior, Axelrad was an Academic All-American, a MPSF All-American, and
Honorable Mention All-American.
The graduate of Harvard-Westland School achieved similar success as a prep,
twice being honored as the Mission League Most Valuable Player, as well as
receiving back-to-back All-American and All-CIF recognition.