The UC Santa Barbara men’s water polo team closed out the Golden Coast Championships with a third-place finish after defeating top-seeded Pacific 15-10 on Sunday morning at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

Later, the Gauchos learned that they didn’t receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The spot went to USC, which beat UCLA, 10-6, to take third in the MPSF Tournament.

Following a high-flying first quarter, the Gauchos fought back from a 7-5 deficit after Pacific scored the first two goals of the quarter with a 5-1 run to halftime, led by sophomore driver Nathan Puentes’ three-minute hat trick and sophomore attacker Sam Nangle’s double.

UCSB added onto its 10-8 lead after the half with Leo Yuno’s goal with 5:15 left in the quarter, and a Puentes goal on the other side of a score from Pacific’s Jeremie Cote.

With a comfortable 12-9 lead in hand, the Gauchos rattled off three straight goals to lead 15-9 before the Tigers pulled one back with 1:26 to go through Christian Murphy.

Puentes finished with four goals on six shots, and both Nangle and Yuno recorded hat tricks.

Senior utility Ivan Gvozdanovic, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team, scored twice and picked up four assists.