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USC Wins NCAA Men’s Water Polo Title

December 5, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Top-seeded Southern California won its second NCAA men’s water polo title in three years Sunday, beating No. 2 Stanford 3-2 on Pavol Valovic’s goal with 3:10 left in the lowest-scoring final ever.

The Trojans (26-1) got a big save from goalie Don Ricci with 54 seconds left to wrap up their third championship in school history.

USC beat Stanford (20-7) for the fifth time this season, including an 8-5 victory in the conference championship game.

Southern Cal’s Juan Delgadillo opened the scoring in the first quarter, and Peter Varellas tied it 12 seconds later. Ted Zepfel gave the Trojans a 2-1 lead in the second quarter, and Stanford’s Michael Bury tied it early in the fourth.

In the consolation game, Cutberto Hernandez scored three goals to lead No. 3 Loyola Marymount to a 10-6 victory over No. 4 St. Francis of New York.