WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK

The #5 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s water polo team earned their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four, with a 6-5 victory over the #4 Ranked UC San Diego Tritons.

The match was played at Stanford University, in Stanford, California.

The Terriers were led by senior goalkeeper Igor Mladenovic, who made ten saves, and freshman Illija Djurertic, who had three goals.

UC San Diego scored the first two goals of the match, and at the end of the first quarter they led 2-0.

SFBK cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal from sophomore Nathan Kotylak. Later in the half, the Tritons scored again to increase their lead to 3-1. SFBK answered with goals from Djurertic and junior Vuk Vujosevic. The Triton were able to regain their lead in the final seconds of the first half, and led at the half 4-3.

The Terriers knotted the match up with a goal from junior Lazar Komadinic. Following the Komadinic goal, Djurertic scored again to give the Terriers a 5-4 edge.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Terriers led 5-4.

UC San Diego would tie the match at five, in the opening minutes of the fourth.

SFBK responded, when Djurertic completed the hat trick, to make it 6-5.

The Tritons had some chances late, but Mladenovic, who will be appearing in his third Final Four, came up big for the Terriers.

SFBK will face the #1 seeded USC Trojans in the National Semi-Final,on Saturday at 4:00 P.M.

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