Oct. 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team earned an 18-6 victory at No. 7 UC Irvine on Sunday afternoon, receiving goals from 10 players in the MPSF match. The Bruins (11-3, 1-1 MPSF) outscored the host Anteaters by a 12-3 margin in the final three quarters.
UCLA had not scored 18 or more goals in an MPSF match since Sept. 20, 1994, when the Bruins posted a 19-5 win over Long Beach State.
UC Irvine (12-7, 0-2 MPSF) was led by two goals from Mitch Wise.
The first quarter featured back-and-forth scoring from both teams, as UC Irvine claimed the game's first lead on a 6-on-5 goal from Trent Baxter just 44 seconds into the match. UCLA tied the contest, 1-1, on White's first goal of the game at the 6:56 mark in the opening period. Wise scored on a five-meter penalty shot 14 seconds later to put the Anteaters ahead, 2-1.
UCLA tied the match, 2-2, on a goal from Hays (6:25). Paul Reynolds handed the Bruins the lead for good with his first goal of the day at the 5:39 mark. Aimone Barabino extended UCLA's cushion to 4-2 with a goal at 1:29. UC Irvine's Brian Pickford converted on a 6-on-5 opportunity with nine seconds left, before Barabino scored on an extra-man play with one second to play.
Leading 5-3 after the first quarter, UCLA outscored UC Irvine by a 5-1 tally in the second period. Four consecutive goals from the Bruins pushed UCLA's advantage to 9-3 with 1:54 remaining before halftime. UC Irvine's Max Parrague scored with 27 seconds left, and Samuels countered for the Bruins with eight seconds remaining.
The Bruins led 10-4 at halftime and added to their cushion by outscoring the Anteaters, 4-1, in each of the games' final two quarters. Prior to Sunday, UC Irvine had not surrendered more than 12 goals in any game this season.
With two goals against UC Irvine, Samuels has now scored at least one goal in the 12 matches he has played this season. The junior utility player from Villa Park, Calif., leads UCLA with 22 goals.
UCLA junior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz made four saves and allowed four goals in the first two quarters. Sophomore goalkeeper James Hartshorne netted five saves in the final two quarters, limiting UC Irvine to two goals.
UC Irvine goalkeeper Jimmy Friedrich made one save in the first half, while teammate Michael Bailey totaled three stops in the second half.
UCLA returns to action at No. 1 Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 15. Game time at Avery Aquatics Center is 12 p.m. The Bruins continue their trip to the Bay Area with a 12 p.m. match against No. 18 Santa Clara on Sunday, Oct. 16.
No. 3 UCLA at No. 7 UC Irvine
UCLA Goals: Brett Hays 3, Paul Reynolds 3, Griffin White 3, Aimone Barabino 2, Josh Samuels 2, Luka Bokavsek, Cristiano Mirarchi, Paul Pickell, Lucas Reynolds, Alex Wherry
UCLA Saves: James Hartshorne 5, Matt Rapacz 4
UC Irvine Goals: Mitch Wise 2, Trent Baxter, Sam Figueroa, Max Parrague, Brian Pickford
UC Irvine Saves: Michael Bailey 3, Jimmy Friedrich 1