PRINCETON, N.J. “”mdash; The heavy snowfall outside of Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool enclosed the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships in a cold shower of white, but the action inside remained plenty heated.

A day after going into overtime to beat Loyola Marymount in the national semifinals, the UCLA Bruins dropped an intense 7-6 heartbreaker to their archrival USC for the Trojans’ second consecutive title.

“Going into this was nerve-racking, it got all our hearts pounding,” UCLA junior attacker Ben Hohl said. “We knew there would be adversity, we knew that to win the national championship we would have to deal with adversity. Last night we were able to do that, unfortunately tonight we were not.”