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Water Polo NCAA Champs

Tucay Scores Five in UCLA Rout of UC Irvine
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/10/2001

Nov. 10, 2001

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Sr., Burbank/Burroughs) scored five times to lead No. 2 UCLA to a 14-6 victory over UC Irvine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo match Saturday night at Anteater Aquatic Center. The match was the conference finale for both teams.

The Bruins inproved to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in league play. Tucay's five-goal outburst was the highest single-game total by a UCLA player this season. Matt Flesher (Jr., Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) and Ted Peck (Fr., Irvine/University) each registered three goals, while Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) collected six saves in goal.

UC Irvine (5-12, 1-7 MPSF) fell behind early in the second quarter as the Bruins converted two successive power-play opportunities. UCLA outscored UCI 4-1 in the second to establish a 6-3 halftime edge.

The Bruins gained control of the game late in the third period after UCI had closed to the lead to 7-5. Tucay's two scores and a goal from Flesher in the final 2:18 of the quarter gave the Bruins an insurmountable five-goal lead.

UCLA closes out its regular season schedule by visiting crosstown rival USC at McDonald's Swim Stadium next Saturday at a time yet to be determined.

UCLA 2 4 4 4 - 14

UC Irvine 2 1 2 1 - 6

UCLA- Alfonso Tucay 5, Matt Flesher 3, Ted Peck 3, Jeff Pflueger, Brett Ormsby, Nick Pacelli

UCI-Chris Kirchwehm 3, John Dorfi 2, Dresson Barry

Goalkeepers-UCLA - Brandon Brooks (6 GA, 6 Saves), UCI - Doug Finfrock (14 GA, 4 Saves)

Shots-UCLA 27, UCI 24

Extra-Man-UCLA 5-7, UCI 1-4

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