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    Pacific Men's Water Polo: High Scoring Offense Not Enough As No. 7 Pacific Falls to No. 2 UCLA, 13-11

    Oct 2, 2010

    In a high scoring contest filled with three lead changes and tree ties, Pacific's men's water polo team fell to No. 2 UCLA 13-11. With the loss the Tigers fall to 7-3 on the season.

    The Bruins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter with goals at the 7:21 and 5:16 marks, but freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) countered at the 3:37 mark to cut UCLA's lead to one.

    In the second quarter senior Austin Delong (Houston, Texas) then found the back of the net at the 7:27 point to tie the game at two all. The Tigers then took their first lead of the contest when senior Joey Gullikson (Sonoma, Calif.) notched a goal at the 6:32 mark. UCLA tallied two consecutive goals at the 6:05 and 5:03 spots to regain the one point advantage and make it a 4-3 game; however Delong countered with his second goal of the game at the 4:33 mark to tie the game at 4-4. The Bruins then notched three consecutive goals to take a three point lead before sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) found the back of the net with one second remaining in regulation to make it a 5-7 game.

    At the start of the third frame junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) found the back of the net to cut UCLA's lead to one, but the Bruins responded with a goal at the 6:24 spot to make it an 8-6 game. Pacific once again came within one of the Bruins at the 4:25 point when Erdelyi tallied his second goal of the game. UCLA closed out the quarter taking the 9-7 lead with a goal with 1:53 remaining on the clock.

    In the final frame UCLA extended its lead to three with a goal at the 7:34 mark, but Erdelyi tallied his third goal of the contest to keep the Tigers within two of the Bruins. With 5:39 remaining on the clock UCLA notched its eleventh goal of the game but Erdelyi responded 35 seconds later to make it an 11-9 game. The Bruins then found the back of the net with 3:44 remaining in regulation and Erdelyi once again countered with a goal 18 seconds later for a 12-10 score. With :52 remaining in the frame UCLA tallied its thirteenth goals for the three point advantage. Koning countered 16 seconds later to make it a 13-11 game; however the Tigers were unable to overcome UCLA's two point advantage in the final seconds.

    Offensively Pacific was led by freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) who tallied five goals against the Bruins while freshmanAlex Malkis (Yoqneam, Israel) had three saves in the cage.

    Pacific returns to action on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 9:20 am against No. 3 California or No. 5 UC Irvine at Spieker Aquatics center on the UCLA campus. 

    Scoring Summary







    No. 2 UCLA






    No. 7 Pacific






    Pacific: Erdelyi 5, Delong 2, Koning 2, Gullikson, Tomasevic

    Pacific: Gullikson 3

    Goalkeeper Saves
    Pacific: Malkis 3