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Bruins finish perfect season

2015 National Collegiate Men’s Water Polo

Ryder Roberts of UCLA notched a pair of goals and three assists against Southern California. The championship-clinching win was the Bruins’ fourth over the Trojans in 2015. JAMIE SCHWABEROW / NCAA PHOTOS

The Results

CHAMPIONSHIP

UCLA 10, Southern California 7

SEMIFINALS

UCLA 17, UC San Diego 4

Southern California 9, California 6

ELITE 90 WINNER

Mihajlo Milicevic, Southern California

For only the eighth time in NCAA men’s water polo history, a team completed a perfect season.

When the University of California, Los Angeles, defeated the University of Southern California, 10-7, on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles, the Bruins capped a 30-0 season and extended their overall winning streak to 33 games, the second-longest in program history. The championship was the second in a row for UCLA and its 10th overall.

“Not too many teams have been able to go and do what these guys have done,” UCLA coach Adam Wright said. “It’s something that they’ll be able to look back on the rest of their lives and know that they left a special mark.”

The Bruins didn’t simply coast to a perfect season. Nineteen of their 30 victories came against teams ranked among the nation’s top 10. UCLA outscored opponents 403-163 through the year, holding them to five or fewer goals 14 times. Junior Ryder Roberts paced the team with 57 goals and was named the championship’s most valuable player.

“All the guys on the team were ready,” he said. “Every guy on the team deserves this same award.”