Staring at a three-point deficit late in the second quarter, the Bruins were at risk of snapping their 33-game all-time win streak over the Anteaters.
But by the end of the third quarter, they had gained the lead.
After a fourth-place finish at the MPSF tournament two weeks ago, No. 4 seed UCLA women’s water polo (20-7, 4-2 MPSF) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
No. 3 seed UCLA women’s water polo is heading to San Jose for the weekend for the MPSF tournament. With a guaranteed spot at the NCAA tournament on the line, the Bruins will have to go through No.
This post was updated April 23 at 9:55 p.m.
With the chance to break a three-game losing streak to the Trojans, the Bruins fell short once again in what has seemingly become a one-sided rivalry.
College sports teams are, by nature, fleeting. The Bruins are no different.
Despite having around 80% retention from last year’s team, the UCLA women’s water polo team will likely behave as a uniquely new unit – mainly because of the loss of two-time Olympic gold medalist Maddie Musselman and the addition of seven freshmen.
Joseph CrosbyAssistant Sports editorPrediction: NCAA champion
The Bruins are coming off their worst stretch of games of the season.
At the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament semifinals, they allowed eight first-half goals against USC en route to a one-goal loss.
Down three goals with 1:19 remaining on the clock, the Bruins’ fate appeared to be sealed.
Then redshirt sophomore attacker Gianpiero Di Martire dented the twine on three consecutive possessions in the final 1:05 of the game to force overtime.
Over 6,000 miles away from home, two brothers are learning how to adapt to life in a new country – together.
Originally hailing from Naples, Italy, Gianpiero and Massimo Di Martire each pursued different educational pathways after high school but eventually landed on American collegiate water polo teams.
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