UC Irvine's water polo team broke California's 47-game winning streak, defeating the Golden Bears, 9-8, in overtime Saturday in the Southern California Tournament at USC.
The Golden Bears (3-1), whose previous loss was to UCLA in 1991, are the three-time defending NCAA champions. Irvine, which won in 1989, is the last team other than Cal to win the NCAA title.
Irvine (3-2) rallied from a three-goal, third-quarter deficit to take a 6-5 lead. In the fourth quarter, Cal regained the lead on goals by Gavin Arroyo, a former Villa Park player, and Ryan Weir (Corona del Mar), before Marc Hunt sent the game into overtime on a four-meter penalty shot with four seconds left.
Dave Brunner and Greg Hakim scored in the first overtime period to give the Anteaters a 9-7 lead and Weir narrowed the lead to one with a goal with 1:13 remaining.
Because of a goal-differential tie-breaker, Irvine didn't advance to today's championship bracket. UCLA beat Irvine, 11-6, Friday and Cal beat UCLA, 9-7, Saturday.
Irvine, which beat Cal State Long Beach, 13-5, earlier Saturday, will play in the fifth-place bracket.
In the San Diego State Aztec cross-country invitational:
Graff-Ermeling wins--Concordia's Genevieve Graff-Ermeling won the open division, finishing 5,000 meters in 18:30 at Morley Field. Concordia was eighth.
UC Irvine's men finished seventh and the women 10th in the college races. Dan Galindo was 20th in 26:48.55 over 8,000 meters for the Anteater men, behind winner Gary Stolz of Stanford (25:33.82). Traci Goodrich led the women with a 28th-place finish in 18:38.91; winner Megan Flowers of Arkansas ran 17:22.99, with teammate and former Edison star Shelley Taylor fifth in 17:37.40.
Stanford won the men's team title with 62 points; Irvine scored 226. Arkansas (26) ran away with the women's race, and Irvine scored 306.
In the Hawaii cross-country invitational:
SCC men finish third--Jason Schaefer finished second in 15:55, leading the Vanguards to third. Dan Palmer and Tim Hardin finished sixth and seventh for SCC. In the women's race, Nikee Pool finished 12th and helped the Vanguards to fifth place. Running Room, a club team, won the men's race and Brigham Young won the women's race.
In Golden State Athletic Conference men's soccer:
Southern California College 6, Concordia 0--Chris Chaparro scored four goals, the first two and the last two, and Jorge Perez scored the others for the Vanguards (2-4, 1-0), who outshot the Eagles, 40-4.
In Big West Conference women's volleyball:
UC Irvine 3, Nevada 0--Popi Edwards had 15 kills to lead the Anteaters (5-4, 1-1) to a 15-11, 15-7, 15-2 victory at Crawford Hall. Nevada is 7-2.