Sept. 17, 2006
Palo Alto, Calif. - Junior Justin Johnson's goal with 4:31 remaining in the game lifted the third-ranked UCLA men's water polo team to a 7-6 victory over Stanford in the third-place game of the NorCal Tournament late Saturday afternoon. Senior Grant Zider and freshman Scott Davidson each tallied two goals for UCLA.
UCLA (4-1) took a 2-0 lead on goals by senior Brad Greiner and Zider before leading 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Bruins and Cardinal (4-2) exchanged goals midway through the second quarter before Davidson doubled the UCLA lead with 1:35 remaining before the break.
Stanford cut the Bruins' lead in half in the third frame, outscoring UCLA 2-1. In the fourth quarter, Stanford freshman Janson Wigo tied the game, 6-6, with a goal at 5:52. Johnson struck less than two minutes later as the Bruins held on for the victory.
Sophomore Krsto Sbutega added one goal for the Bruins, giving him eight goals on the season. Zider's two goals were his seventh and eighth of the season - he has registered at least one goal in four of UCLA's first five matches.
In his second start of the young season, senior Will Didinger made seven stops for the Bruins. Stanford goalkeeper Jimmie Sandman made 10 stops for the host Cardinal (4-2).
Earlier in the day, UCLA fell to crosstown-rival USC, 7-6, in the two schools' first meeting of the year and 127th meeting all-time (UCLA leads all-time series, 68-58-1).
The Bruins will hit the road on Friday to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. In 2005, UCLA won the season series against UC Irvine, 2-1.
UCLA (4-1) vs. Stanford (4-2) - Third-Place Game
Stanford Goals: Tyler Drake 2, Janson Wigo, Drac Wigo, William Hindel-Katel, Sage Wright
Stanford Saves: Jimmie Sandman 10