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UCLA Men’s Water Polo To Defend Title as Three Seed in NCAA Tournament

The Bruins will look to defend their national title in Palo Alto.

Joe Piechowski

So, after the UCLA men’s water polo team completed the football-water polo weekend sweep by beating Southern Cal, 7-4, in the Third Place Game of the MPSF Men’s Water Polo Tournament, Stanford defeated UC Berkeley, 12-10 in the Championship Game to earn the MPSF’s automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.

Five other conference champions also earned automatic bids. Those schools are 4th seed UC San Diego, Long Beach State, Princeton, Pomona-Pitzer and George Washington.

That left UCLA, Southern Cal and UC Berkeley hoping for one of the two at-large bids. The NCAA Men’s Water Polo Committee gave Southern Cal the number two seed, despite two home losses this past weekend while selecting UCLA for the three seed with the other at-large bid.

As a result, the Bruins will now have a chance to defend their national championship.

But, before that, they will need to win two other games. The Bruins will face the winner of the second opening round game between Princeton and George Washington on Thursday, November 29th at 2:45 pm PT at the Avery Aquatics Center on the Stanford campus, which will also host the National Semifinal and National Championship games. Assuming UCLA wins, the Bruins will then face Southern Cal for the third time in three weeks in the second National Semifinal at 5 pm PT on December 1st.

The NCAA Championship game will be played on Sunday, December 2nd at 3 pm PT.

Go Bruins!!! Bring home NC# 117!!!