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Junior Daniel Lenhart led the Bruins with two goals against the Waves.

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
No. 1 UCLA Holds Off No. 9 Pepperdine, 8-7
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/27/2013

LOS ANGELES -- The No. 1 UCLA men's water polo team improved to 12-0 on the season with an 8-7 win over No. 9 Pepperdine (3-5) this afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. Junior attacker Daniel Lenhart led the Bruins with two goals.

The Bruins dominated the first period, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Lenhart scored a power play goal at the 5:59 mark to draw first blood. Freshman Ryder Roberts made it 2-0 with a goal from the frontcourt (2:43). Freshman Lovre Milos put UCLA up 3-0 with another goal from the perimeter (1:55). Freshman Jack Fellner then scored on a power play with 1:27 left to end the scoring in the first period.

Wesley Sherburne got the Waves on the scoreboard with an exlusion goal with 5:20 to go in the second period. But redshirt junior Cristiano Mirarchi put the Bruins up 5-1 with a counter attack strike (4:26). Luke Hewko scored his first of the game to end the second quarter scoring at the 2:54 mark, leaving UCLA up 5-2 at halftime.

The third quarter was a draw as both teams scored two goals. UCLA went up 6-2 with Lenhart's second goal of the game (6:51). But Hewko got things going and scored back-to-back goals for Pepperdine (6:29 and 2:11) to trim the lead to 6-4. Senior Aimone Barabino put the Bruins up 7-4 with a power play goal with 1:47 to go to end the scoring in the third.

Freshman Gordon Marshall immediately widened the gap to 8-4 with a goal from set at the 7:41 mark of the fourth quarter. That goal would be the eventual game-winning score. Hewko scored his fourth of the game to make it 8-5 with a power play strike (6:36). Then he scored his fifth goal of the game with 3:21 to go to cut the lead to 8-6. After Sherburne trimmed it to just one at 8-7 on a 6-on-5 opportunity (:46), the Bruins failed to score, but got a steal on Pepperdine's final possession and then ran out the clock for the final :18.

The Bruins were 3-for-8 on power plays while Pepperdine was 3-for-10. Neither team attempted a penalty shot.

Redshirt freshman Garrett Danner played the entire game in the cage for UCLA and was credited with 11 saves, including a personal-best six in the second quarter. Bence Valics registered eight saves in goal for the Waves.

No. 9 Pepperdine at No. 1 UCLA

  1 2 3 4 F
No. 9 Pepperdine 0 2 2 3 7
No. 1 UCLA 4 1 2 1 8

Pepperdine Goals: Luke Hewko 5, Wesley Sherburne 2
Pepperdine Saves: Bence valics 8

UCLA Goals: Daniel Lenhart 2, Jack Fellner, Cristiano Mirarchi, Aimone Barabino, Gordon Marshall, Ryder Roberts, Lovre Milos
UCLA Saves: Garrett Danner 11

 


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