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    Pacific Men's Water Polo: No. 7 Tigers Suffer First Loss of the Season, fall to No. 2 UCLA 10-7

    Sep 18, 2010

    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.

    The Tigers were led by sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) who tallied two goals in Pacific's loss while freshmanAlex Malkis (Yoqneam, Israel) recorded seven saves in the cage.

    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.

    Scoring Summary

    Pacific: Tomasevic, Eerdelyi, Gullikson, Koning, Lungu, Morrison

    Pacific: Erdelyi 2

    Pacific: Gullikson 2

    Goalkeeper Saves
    Pacific: Malkis 7