DIGEST: Three-peat Denied. Cal Ousts UCLA, Faces USC for Title


Cal treated visitors UCLA poorly on Saturday upsetting the two-time defending NCAA Champions in an overtime thriller, derailing the Bruins’ attempt at a third consecutive title. The Bears will take on USC, which dispatched the Harvard Crimson 19-4 in their semifinal.

Catch up on much of the press and digital coverage of today’s title tilt:

Will home pool advantage lead to NCAA championship #14 for Cal Men’s Water Polo?
Nine years. That’s the length of the current Cal Men’s Water Polo national championships drought. Cal Athletics have not won any Fall National Championship since 2007 when Cal Men’s Water Polo won the 2nd of a back-to-back NCAA national championship.

NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship Match: Cal vs. USC (3pm PT)
Golden Bears have won the most NCAA men’s water polo championship in history with 13. USC is 4th with 9.

Men’s water polo cruises past Harvard to reach title match
It took two minutes of Saturday’s semifinal game against Harvard for the Trojans to prove that they had come into this championship with one goal in mind — an NCAA trophy.

Two National Championship Day?
USC women’s soccer and men’s water polo will compete for the NCAA championships in their respective sports on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT in the Bay Area.

USC will take on California for NCAA men’s water polo title
The college water polo season will end Sunday afternoon the same way the last one did. And the one before that — in fact, the same way the last 14 seasons ended: with either UCLA or USC playing for the national title.

Down Under brothers look to put USC water polo back on top
Driver Blake Edwards, an Australian native, leads USC with 40 goals. His younger brother, Lachlan Edwards, a two-meter man, remains close behind with 34 goals, third on the team.

USC Streaks Through NCAA Semifinal To Make 12th Straight Trip To NCAA Title Match
Trojans top Harvard in the Crimson’s first visit to the NCAA tourney.