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Stanford men’s water polo drops a heartbreaker to USC after making the NCAA finals

On Saturday afternoon, No. 1 Stanford men’s water polo (21-3, 2-1 MPSF) romped to a 16-7 destruction of No. 7 UC San Diego (20-6, 6-1 WWPA) in the NCAA semifinals to advance to the championship game. Yet the next day at Avery Aquatics Center, the Cardinal fell to No. 2 USC (30-3, 2-1 MPSF) 12-14, continuing a sixteen year championship drought for the Stanford program.

Water polo seeks success while hosting NCAA tournament

Tomorrow afternoon, men’s water polo returns to the NCAA tournament for their 32nd appearance and the first since 2014. The Cardinal (20-2, MPSF 2-1) enter the scene ranked as the best team in the nation after triumphing over No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Cal in the MPSF end-of-season tournament two weeks ago. This championship has an extra layer of significance as Stanford will play host for the first time in five years.