Men's Water Polo Falls To Second-Ranked Bruins
The Pacific men's water polo team saw its three-match winning streak snapped as visiting No. 2 UCLA defeated the Tigers, 13-10, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Sunday, Nov. 11. The loss dropped Pacific to 12-7 on the year and 3-3 in league play while the Bruins improved to 23-2 (5-0 MPSF).
Junior goalkeeper Alex Malkis blocked eight shots in a complete-game effort.
Pacific took an early 1-0 lead behind a goal from junior Kevin Oliveira just 23 seconds into the match. The Bruins would rip off three consecutive goals to go up 3-1 with 2:31 left in the first, but goals from Petrovic and sophomore Alex Obert evened the match at 3-3 after the opening eight minutes.
The second quarter saw neither team able to break away from the other. Erdelyi gave Pacific a 4-3 lead with 4:52 on the clock but the visitors answered on their next possession. UCLA regained the lead at the 3:42 mark on a power-play goal but Oneto would score on an advantage sitation one minute later to tie the game at 5-5. The Bruins responded on their ensuing opportunity to go up by one, 6-5, and would hold that lead as the game went into intermission.
Coming out of halftime, UCLA went on the attack, notching the first three goals of the frame to take a 9-5 lead. Petrovic stopped the Bruins' run with a power-play goal at the 5:00 mark, but the visitors again had an answer to go back up by four. The two squads would trade a pair of goals as freshman Casey Fleming scored with 43 seconds left only to see UCLA sneak one past Malkis with two seconds on the clock, giving the Bruins a 12-8 lead with one quarter left to play.
UCLA slowed down the tempo in the fourth period as the Tigers' offense was stymied by solid play from the Bruins' defense. UCLA's Josh Samuels scored his third goal of the match with 3:00 on the clock to give the visitors their largest lead of the game at 13-8. Pacific got late goals from Erdelyi and Petrovic but were unable to mount a comeback as UCLA escaped Kjeldsen Pool with the win.
Samuels' three goals paced UCLA's offense while four other Bruins netted two goals apiece. Senior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz blocked 12 shots in four quarters of work.
Pacific wraps up its regular season with a pair of league contests next weekend, taking on Stanford in a road contest Friday, Nov. 16, before hosting California in its season finale Sunday, Nov. 18.
No. 2 UCLA 13, No. 7 Pacific 10
UCLA 3 - 3 - 6 - 1 -- 13
Pacific 3 - 2 - 3 - 2 -- 10
Pacific - Petrovic 4, Erdelyi 2, Fleming, Obert, Oliveira, Oneto
UCLA - Samuels 3, Barabino 2, Lenhart 2, P. Reynolds 2, White 2, Lathrope, McClintick
Pacific - Malkis 8
UCLA - Rapacz 12