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Second-Ranked UCLA Defeats Seventh-Ranked Loyola Marymount, 9-3

Oct. 13, 2002

The second-ranked Bruins rebounded from a tough fourth overtime loss to Pepperdine with a decisive 9-3 victory over the seventh-ranked Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday afternoon at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. With the win, UCLA improves to 8-4 on the season, while the Lions fall to 8-10.

Both teams got off to a slow start, with sophomore driver Brett Ormsby scoring the only goal of the first quarter. Ormsby had the opportunity to add another to the Bruin tally with a penalty shot at the 1:47 mark of the quarter, but Lion goalkeeper Kevin Paulsen came up with a save to keep it out of the net.

The second period saw more offense with sophomore driver Peter Belden finding the back of the net less than a minute into the quarter and junior Nick Pacelli scoring his first of the season at the 1:54 mark. However, the Lions joined the scoring with an extra-man Ryan Chapatte goal 1:29 before the half.

Leading 3-1 coming out of halftime, the Bruins built on their lead with four unanswered goals in the third period for a 7-1 advantage heading into the fourth period. Sophomore center Ted Peck scored both of his goals in the period. Over the course of the weekend, UCLA out-scored its opponents 7-0 in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was the most productive for the Lions with two goals, but it was not enough to overcome the six-point deficit. The fourth also brought out many new faces for the Bruins as sophomore goalkeeper Joe Axelrad saw his first minutes of the season. Coming in half way through the period, Axelrad posted a save, while allowing a goal. Redshirt freshman David Pietsch also saw his first minutes of the season and scored with 1:43 remaining on his only shot the season.

The Bruins will head north next weekend for an MPSF match at California at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. On Sunday, UCLA will have its first meeting of the season with top-ranked Stanford in a non-conference match.

#7 LMU        0-1-0-2=3
#2 UCLA      1-2-4-2=9

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