No. 1 UCLA Water Polo Defeats Bucknell, UC Irvine in Day 1 Action at SoCal Tourney

Sept. 17, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - UCLA's top-ranked men's water polo team passed its first true test of 2005 Saturday afternoon as the Bruins defeated Bucknell and UC Irvine during day one action at the UC Irvine-hosted SoCal Tournament. The Bruins notched an easy 12-2 win over Bucknell in their first round match Saturday morning before outlasting the Anteaters 9-7 in overtime in the tournament quarterfinals.

Against Bucknell, senior David Pietsch scored three of his four goals in the first period as UCLA improved to 5-0 on the young season. Logan Powell, Tyler Krikorian and Justin Johnson each added two goals to the victory. For Krikorian, the goals were career firsts.

Junior Will Didinger and sophomore Matt Kellogg shared the goalkeeping duties against Bucknell with each keeper allowing one goal per half.

In the quarterfinal match, UCLA overcame a 7-5 deficit late in the fourth quarter and defeated No. 8 UC Irvine, 9-7 in overtime. Sophomore Matthew Jacobs scored with 3:14 left in regulation to draw the Bruins to within 7-6 and then he tied the game with 46 seconds remaining to send the game into extra periods. Grant Zider scored in the first extra session and Pietsch scored the last of his three goals in the second overtime period to close out the scoring. Marco Santos added two goals for the Bruins.

Didinger posted seven saves in front of the net against UCI.

UCLA will face No. 4 Stanford in semifinal action Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at UC Irvine's Campus Pool. The winner of that contest will face the winner of the 11:45 a.m. matchup between USC and California in tomorrow night's title match.

Tournament Notes: The nation's top four ranked teams (UCLA, Cal, USC and Stanford) are the only four remaining undefeated teams at the tournament and will finish the tournament No. 1-4 based on tomorrow's results.

UCLA vs. Bucknell
1 234F
Bucknell (4-7)0 1 0 1 2
UCLA (5-0) 3 2 3 4 12
UCLA Goals: David Pietsch 4, Justin Johnson 2, Logan Powell 2, Tyler Krikorian 2, Thomas Foley, Marco Santos
UCLA Saves:Will Didinger 4, Matt Kellogg 3
Bucknell Goals: Masterson 2
Bucknell Saves:Mullins 5


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS
UCLA vs. UC Irvine
1 234OT1OT2F
UC Irvine3 1 3 0 0 0 7
UCLA (6-0) 2 2 1 2 1 1 9
UCLA Goals:David Pietsch 3, Marco Santos 2, Matthew Jacobs 2, Christian Pulido, Grant Zider
UCLA Saves:Will Didinger 7
UC Irvine Goals: Barry 3, White 3, Bitter
UC Irvine Saves:Garcia 12