USC Men’s Water Polo defeats Cal for National Championship
On Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, the University of Southern California defeated Cal 12-10 in overtime for its third straight NCAA Men’s Water Polo National Championship.
From the San Francisco Chronicle – In the closed-shop sport of college water polo, not much separates the top teams in California, winners of every NCAA men’s championship since 1969.
For USC, the difference on a soggy Sunday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley came down to desire as it broke a 10-10 tie at the end of regulation to defeat Cal 12-10 in overtime for its third straight NCAA title.
“These games always come down to desire,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “When you have great desire, you’re not tired. We wanted it badly. We didn’t think about being tired. We got a little lucky, too.”
As on a pivotal moment with less than 30 seconds left in regulation, the score tied 10-10.
Cal’s Cory Nasoff passed the ball in to where he thought Zach White would be in the 2-meter position in front of the USC goal. But White wasn’t looking for the ball at that instant, and the Trojans came up with the turnover as the clock ticked off toward OT.
“I was faced with my back to the goal. It just wasn’t where I was,” White said. “The pass was where he thought I’d be. Just lost the ball. It hurt us.”
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