You hear it over and over again: all good things must come to an end.
That was certainly the case for the five-time defending NCAA champion UCLA women's water polo team on Friday afternoon, as the No. 3-seeded Bruins were upset by No. 6-seeded Loyola Marymount, 5-4, in the quarterfinals in San Diego.
"Obviously, I'm very disappointed in the outcome," coach Brandon Brooks told the school's website. "I don't think we executed well today and I think at times we showed mistakes characteristic of youth and we looked a little nervous. I'm still very proud of the season we have had and proud of the girls I coach, and I'm proud to be a Bruin."
UCLA led 3-2 after the first quarter but didn't find the net again until 1:22 remained in the game. LMU held on for the victory -- its first over the Bruins in 16 attempts.
The Bruins had earned the tournament's No. 3-seeded team after winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament as the fifth-seeded team two weeks ago.