HIGHLIGHTS: USC, UCLA Advance to NCAA Title Match

UCLA men’s water polo will host their foes from the west, USC, for the second consecutive year in Sunday’s NCAA championship match. The Bruins dispatched fifth-seed UC San Diego in a lopsided 17-4 semifinal match on Saturday to reach the final.

USC lived up to its preseason No. 2 ranking by bashing out an 8-6 victory over peaking Cal, a team that ended the season in the second slot and who fell to undefeated UCLA by only one in their conference final. Though the Bears scored first the Trojans quickly recovered to go up 3-1 in a high-scoring first period after which their defense held tight let by a stellar performance by goalkeeper McQuin Baron.

Gorgeous video highlights of that match produced by Steve Carrera, and coverage of both semifinals by various local outlets.

Today’s finals and consolation matches are streamed live:
4:00 p.m. – Third Place Game (UCSD vs. Cal)
6:12 p.m. – Championship Game (UCLA vs. USC)

USC Shoves Past Cal To Punch Ticket To 11th Straight NCAA Title Match
The USC men’s water polo team served up another semifinal upset to take its place in the NCAA Championship game for the 11th consecutive season, beating No. 2 seed California 9-6 tonight in Westwood.

NCAA men’s water polo: UCLA, USC advance to championship game
Three Pac-12 squads played in the national semifinals of the NCAA men’s water polo tournament Saturday in Los Angeles. It included a bit of conference cannibalism, but here’s how UCLA, Cal and USC fared heading into Sunday’s championship game.

UCLA men’s water polo seeks second NCAA title in a row against USC
In the year since UCLA men’s water polo captured the 2014 NCAA title, the team seemed to have just one focus. The Bruins traveled across the world to represent the United States at the World University Games…

Tritons Fall to UCLA in National Championship Semifinal
The 10th-ranked and fifth-seeded UC San Diego men’s water polo team could not pull the upset over No. 1 UCLA and fell 17-4 in the NCAA Championship semifinal Saturday

Tritons Post-game Press Conference

UCSD Press Conference 12/5/15
UCSD Press Conference 12/5/15

NCAA Men’s Water Polo Semifinal: California Golden Bears fell to USC Trojans 9-6
Bears’ NCAA championship aspiration came to an end on Saturday night when the Bears lost in the semifinal to USC Trojans by a 9-6 results.

Cal men’s water polo: Colin Mulcahy has fierce competitive spirit (replay of USC vs. Cal Semifinal)
Cal’s Colin Mulcahy still remembers the day like it was yesterday, though it was more than five years ago. He and his father were playing a spirited game of one-on-one basketball and Ted had enjoyed an undefeated record against his son.

Bears Fall To USC In NCAA Semifinal
An early deficit put the Cal men’s water polo team in a position to scramble and the Bears couldn’t come all the way back despite a valiant effort late in the match as they fell 9-6 to USC in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships at UCLA.