Nov. 13, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, the top-ranked UCLA men's water polo team clinched at least a share of the MPSF title and guaranteed itself a top seed into the conference tournament with a 6-4 win over No. 3 USC on Saturday afternoon.
Matt Jacobs' goal with 2:19 left in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie as the Bruins extended their winning streak to 15 matches, their longest in nearly 15 years. With the win, UCLA takes a 2-0 season series lead for the five points available towards the Lexus Gauntlet, the year-long competition between USC and UCLA.
Brett Ormsby led the Bruins with a team-high four goals.
The Trojans held a 3-2 lead at halftime before Ormsby tied the game with 4:43 left in the third. UCLA scored four unanswered goals, shutting down the USC offense. The lone Trojans' goal came with 2:09 left in the fourth, scored by Cameron Kaiser.
Senior James Shin led the Trojans with two goals in the final regular season home match for four USC seniors (Kaiser, Shin, Nick Andrejich and Garrett Gentry).
A win against UC Irvine tomorrow will give the Bruins their first outright MPSF title and first perfect conference record since 1999.
UCLA (20-2, 7-0) 0 2 2 2 - 6 USC (18-4, 4-3) 0 3 0 1 - 4
Goalie Saves: Joseph Axelrad (UCLA) 8, Don Ricci (USC) 7