Pacific Men's Water Polo: No. 7 Tigers Suffer First Loss of the Season, fall to No. 2 UCLA 10-7
In the second contest of the day No. 7 Pacific took to the pool against No. 2 UCLA in a non-conference matchup, which resulted in a 10-7 loss for the Tigers. With the loss Pacific fell to 5-1 on the season while UCLA improved to 3-0 on the year.
UCLA opened the first quarter taking a quick 4-0 lead on consecutive goals before freshmanBalazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) put Pacific on the board at the :29 mark to make it a 4-1 contest.
In the second quarter the Bruins extended their lead to four with three uninterrupted goals at the 5:43, 4:59 and 3:19 marks, however Pacific made it a 7-2 game at the 2:51 spot when sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) scored his first goal of the contest.
The Bruins opened the third quarter tallying a goal at the 5:32 mark, but senior Joey Gullikson (Sonoma, Calf.) and junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) countered at the 2:47 and :17 points respectively to put Pacific within four of UCLA entering the final frame.
Trailing 8-4 entering the final frame junior Lance Morrison (Fairfield, Calif.) found the back of the net at the 6:19 mark to cut the Bruin lead to three. UCLA then tallied back-to-back goals at the 5:47 and 4:45 spots to gain the five point advantage. With a few minutes remaining in regulation Junior Daniel Lungu (Netanya, Israel) and Tomasevic scored consecutive goals with 3:42 and 1:36 remaining on the clock respectively to make it a 10-7 game. However Pacific's second half goals were not enough as the Tigers fell to the Bruins with a 10-7 final score.
Pacific returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 at 9:20 am at Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif. The Tigers will face No. 4 Stanford or No. 6 UC Santa Barbara.
Pacific: Tomasevic, Eerdelyi, Gullikson, Koning, Lungu, Morrison
Pacific: Erdelyi 2
Pacific: Gullikson 2
Pacific: Malkis 7