With goalie Garrett Danner sidelined with an injury, rising junior attacker Ryder Roberts said that the U.S. veterans are confident in the team's youth. Roberts helped the team to a fifth-place finish in 2013. (Daily Bruin file photo)
With goalie Garrett Danner sidelined with an injury, rising junior attacker Ryder Roberts said that the U.S. veterans are confident in the team's youth. Roberts helped the team to a fifth-place finish in 2013. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Coach Adam Wright hoists the NCAA title, the first national trophy for UCLA men's water polo since 2004. The team's ninth NCAA championship win snapped the USC Trojans' six-year national title streak. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin)
Coach Adam Wright hoists the NCAA title, the first national trophy for UCLA men's water polo since 2004. The team's ninth NCAA championship win snapped the USC Trojans' six-year national title streak. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin)

The men's water polo team brought UCLA its 112th national championship by defeating No. 3 USC in the national championship Sunday. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)
The men's water polo team brought UCLA its 112th national championship by defeating No. 3 USC in the national championship Sunday. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA men's water polo won the Bruins' 112th national championship after sophomore center Gordon Marshall's goal proved to be the difference-maker between UCLA and USC. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)
UCLA men's water polo won the Bruins' 112th national championship after sophomore center Gordon Marshall's goal proved to be the difference-maker between UCLA and USC. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior utility Cristiano Mirarchi scored three goals in the team's 15-6 blowout over UCSD. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Senior utility Cristiano Mirarchi scored three goals in the team's 15-6 blowout over UCSD. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore goalkeeper Garrett Danner and the No. 1-seeded Bruins are searching for their first NCAA title since 2004 this weekend in San Diego. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin)
Sophomore goalkeeper Garrett Danner and the No. 1-seeded Bruins are searching for their first NCAA title since 2004 this weekend in San Diego. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin)

The men's water polo team followed the exact same script as its counterpart last season. The one difference this year was a win in the third-place game of the MPSF Tournament, giving UCLA a berth into the NCAA Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin)

No. 1 UCLA men’s water polo improves from last season, proceeds to NCAAs

The 2014 UCLA men’s water polo team flawlessly followed in the footsteps of its 2013 counterpart for 78 days. The script from last season called for 18 straight wins to start the season, back-to-back losses to USC and Stanford and an undefeated record for the rest of regular season play before stumbling in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament Semifinal. Read more...

The men's water polo team followed the exact same script as its counterpart last season. The one difference this year was a win in the third-place game of the MPSF Tournament, giving UCLA a berth into the NCAA Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin)


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