UCLA Water Polo Escapes With 7-6 Victory over No. 11 Pepperdine

Oct. 24, 2004

MALIBU, Calif. - Senior attacker Albert Garcia scored the winning goal with less than a minute remaining as No. 1 UCLA upended No. 11 Pepperdine 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in Malibu.

Garcia's two goals, along with two from junior Michael March and single goals from Logan Powell, David Pietsch and Brett Ormsby helped the top-ranked Bruins extend their longest winning streak since 1996 to eleven matches. UCLA is now 16-2 and 3-0 in MPSF play.

Pepperdine struck first thanks to a goal from Waves' freshman Grant Miller, the first of his two on the day. The Bruins answered with two goals of their own in the first to go up 2-1. The Waves pulled even at the end of the quarter when Jeff Willis found the back of the net with 0:12 left.

Knotted at two, UCLA pulled away with three unanswered goals in the second quarter to go up 5-2 at halftime. Pepperdine came out strong at half, scoring three goals of their own to tie the match at five heading into the final quarter. Miller's second goal of the game help the waves pull even as well as goals by Matt Hahn and Matt Lee.

The Waves jumped out to an early lead in the fourth when Nick Corjon scored at 5:57. UCLA pulled even at 3:11 and eventually took the lead when Garcia scored with 0:31 left in the match.

Senior goalkeeper Joseph Axelrad contributed four saves, bringing his season total to 101.

Correction Note:Junior Michael March was originally noted to have scored the game-winning goal against Pepperdine. While March did score two goals against the Waves, the final score for the Bruins was netted by Albert Garcia.

Teams      1 2 3 4 T
UCLA     		2	3	0	2	7
Pepperdine	2	0	3	1	6

UCLA Goals: March 2, Garcia 2, Powell, Pietsch, Ormsby Pepperdine Goals: Miller 2, Willis, Lee, Hahn, Corjon

UCLA Saves: Axelrad 4 Pepperdine Saves: Miller 8


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