LOS ANGELES — Brett Luch scored five goals and the Occidental men's water polo team had a lead late in the fourth quarter.
But Orange Coast College made plays down the stretch and the Tigers couldn't grab their first win in a narrow 17-16 loss at Taylor Pool on Saturday.
The Tigers were playing the second game of a Saturday doubleheader. Oxy fell to Whittier in Game 1.
The challenge was stopping OCC's Eduardo Wainberg, who had a game-high seven goals, and Gabriele Simonti, who had four goals and four assists.
Lipari's goal put Oxy up 16-15 with 3:02 left before OCC scored two unanswered goals to take the game.
Oxy's Alexander Zim had three assists and a pair of steals. Sonner had four steals and two assists.
Oxy falls to 0-7 and 0-2.
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