The women of San Diego Mesa College avenged two earlier season losses to Riverside to win the 2015 CCCAA State Water Polo Championships on November 21. Long Beach City College earned a dramatic overtime win over rivals Golden West to win the men’s, both title matches at Pasadena City College.
Mesa suffered only three losses all season, the two to Riverside by four goals each. The Olympians recovered from a 0-3 deficit early in the first quarter but rallied to go up by two in the second. Riverside cut the lead to one, 7-6, in the fourth but were stumped by timely Mesa goalkeeping. The Olympians finished with a 9-7 victory.
The heated rivalry between Long Beach and Golden West went completely the Rustlers’ way during the regular season. Long Beach fell all four times they met and never came within two goals.
Long Beach jumped ahead 6-2 after one quarter, but Golden West chipped away and took an 8-7 lead on the fifth of six goals by Dalton Kenefick with 6:07 left in the third quarter.
Golden West led 10-8, but the Vikings stormed back with three straight goals capped by Dadic’s long-range shot to regain the advantage at 11-10. But the Rustlers answered with 36 seconds left in regulation on Allesandro Valania’s goal that sent it to OT.
The game-winner came with 25 seconds remaining on Long Beach City’s only shot of the extra period.
— LBCC Athletics (@lbccvikings) November 21, 2015
The championship was the tenth for the Long Beach City College men.