For the third time in as many years, USC was close enough to a national water polo title that the Trojans could see it and feel it.
Then things got a little fuzzy and the trophy slipped through their fingers again, with California scoring three overtime goals Sunday to upset the top-ranked Trojans, 11-8.
“We just can’t forget about the last two championships and how we lost them,” Coach Jovan Vavic said. “It came down to blocking and losing our focus.
“And we did it again. We lost our focus on defense.”
Or maybe No. 3 Cal forced them into mistakes. Either way, USC let two-goal leads get away twice, the last time when the Bears scored three consecutive goals to...