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December 09, 2021

Cal's Men's Water Polo Team Defeats USC For 15th NCAA Title!

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San Rafael, CA – The Cal's Men's Water Polo Team defeated top-seeded USC 13-12 to capture it's 15th NCAA Title. The game-winning goal came with 28 seconds left, lifting the second-seeded Bears in the national championship match at Spieker Aquatics Center.

The Bears (22-4) won their 15th NCAA championship, the most all-time among Division I men's water polo programs. The goal provided the culmination of a back-and-forth title match between two of the premier programs in NCAA men's water polo.

The game featured five lead changes and the Bears still trailed 12-11 with 2:29 to play. USC had a final chance to tie the game and went on a power play with six seconds left. "That was a great game with two incredibly talented teams," said Cal head coach Kirk Everist, who won his fourth NCAA championship in his 20th season at the helm. "Fortunately for us, we were able to make a couple of more plays here and there. I really enjoyed just watching the teams go and battle."

Cal defeated UCLA 15-13 in overtime in Saturday's semifinals. "It's the end of a long journey and some great memories for these kids," Everist said. "I'm really proud of how they battled against the teams that we beat and how hard we played. You have to be prepared and make plays, and both teams did."

Don't miss out on being a part of a winning tradition this summer at the Cal Boy's Water Polo Camp, June 20-23. USSC is proud to partner with Cal Water Polo Head Coach, Kirk Everist, this summer 2022 to bring you the Cal Water Polo Camp! The camp will be held on the beautiful UC Berkeley campus, located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres in Berkeley, California.

The focus of the program will be in-water instruction on the fundamentals of the game. Fundamental passing, shooting, team and individual defense along with tactical discipline and individual aspects of the game will be discussed. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with the top players and coaches in the country.

Campers, coaches, and parents interested in the Cal Boys Water Polo Camp can visit www.ussportscamps.com or call 1-800-645-3226.

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