Pacific Attempts to Finish It

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Menlo Park, CA – No game synopsis will outshine Greg Mescall’s review of Pacific’s historic win over Stanford to gain a spot in today’s NCAA Championship match against top-seeded USC. The Trojans are seeking their sixth straight title while the Tigers, at the end of their most successful season in history, will desperately attempt to complete their season with a win when many might be satisfied to have just made the final.
As has been loudly debated, a win by Pacific would alter the American water polo landscape, proving that at team not included in the well-known top four programs can actually win a championship and not simply nibble at the edges of elite status. The water polo community is aching for variety and will be largely rooting for the upset today.
But USC is playing well to end the season and was dominant over the Tigers in their recent MPSF matchup. Their victory over St. Francis yesterday was hardly their finest match but showed the depth of their talent as they battered their way to a 10-3 win. Their challenge will be to meet the sheer intensity of a team convinced of its destiny, fully aware of the history embedded in a winning result, and supported by a surprising number who traveled to watch them attempt the improbable.