NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
No. 1 UCLA Edges No. 2 Stanford 7-4

Oct. 30, 2004

PASADENA, Calif. - Behind single goals from seven different Bruins, the top-ranked UCLA men's water polo team topped second-ranked Stanford 7-4 Saturday morning in front of an estimated 1,000 fans at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

Senior goalkeeper Joseph Axelrad made a career high 14 saves and recorded his 300th career stop as the Bruins improved to 16-2 overall and 4-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

Senior Tony Azevedo scored all four goals for Stanford while the Bruins spread out their scoring attack. Beginning with senior Albert Garcia's goal with 4:10 left in the first quarter, UCLA put seven shots past Stanford goalkeeper Chad Taylor and never trailed during the entire match.

The only tie occurred when Azevedo netted an extra-man goal at 5:12 in the second quarter. But the Bruins' Michael March charged back with a score of his own 12 seconds later to give UCLA a 2-1 lead heading into the half.

To open the third quarter, UCLA scored four unanswered goals to take a 6-1 lead. Senior Peter Belden scored the first of the Bruins' third quarter goals at 6:18 after taking a give-and-go pass from Garcia. Seconds later, Josh Hewko lobbed a shot over Taylor's outstretched arms to create a three-point lead at 5:47. Then at 3:58 freshman Matt Jacobs scored on a breakaway one-on-one with Taylor. Thirty seconds later, with UCLA defending a Stanford 6-on-5 advantage, Jacobs again gained possession and drew an ejection from Stanford's Thomas Hopkins. Grant Zider then netted his twelfth goal of the season.

Things got a little rough after that as UCLA's Chris Pulido and Stanford's Sam Tyre were both hit with game ejections after Pulido was called for a brutality penalty and Tyre received a game misconduct.

Azevedo would score his second goal of the game with under a minute to go after Stanford was awarded a four-meter penalty shot.

Senior Ted Peck scored UCLA's lone fourth quarter goal while Azevedo made use of another penalty shot to score one of his final two goals.

With the loss, Stanford falls to 15-3 overall and 3-1 in MPSF play.

The Bruins now lead the season series over Stanford... The Cardinal won the first match up on September 18 and UCLA took the second contest on October 3.

Stanford        0  1  1  2  -- 4
UCLA            1  1  4  1  -- 7

Stanford Goals: Azevedo 4 UCLA Goals: Garcia, March, Belden, Hewko, M. Jacobs, Zider, Peck Stanford Saves: Taylor 5 UCLA Saves: Axelrad 14

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