Nov. 27, 2005
Los Angeles - The fifth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team earned fifth place at the MPSF Championships with a 9-5 win over Pacific in the consolation bracket on Sunday at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Bruins improve to 21-8 on the season with the victory.
Junior goalkeeper Will Didinger finished the match with two saves.
The Bruins played the Tigers to a 1-1 tie after the first period, but held a 3-2 advantage heading into halftime.
UCLA and Pacific both posted two goals in the third period, as UCLA entered the final period of play with a slim 5-4 lead.
The Bruins exploded with four goals in the fourth period while holding the Tigers to only one goal to seal the 9-5 win.
UCLA 1 2 2 4 -- 9Scoring:
Pacific 1 1 2 1 -- 5
UCLA -- Krsto Sbutega (3), Justin Johnson, Grant Zider (2), Matthew Jacobs, Marco Santos, Cameron Smith.
Pacific -- Turnbull (2), Bakic (3)
Saves: Will Didinger (UCLA) 2, Popovic (Pacific) 4.