Nov. 9, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Senior Krsto Sbutega scored a game-high three goals, and junior Scott Davidson and sophomore Ben Hohl each added two goals to help lead the No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team past No. 8 UC San Diego, 11-8, in a non-conference match Sunday afternoon at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
UCLA (14-5) received goals from seven players, as the Bruins closed their regular-season home schedule by honoring the team's three seniors - Chris Allen, Russell Simpkins and Sbutega - prior to the game.
UC San Diego (18-10) was led by junior Daniel Garcia's two goals.
The Bruins raced to a 2-0 lead on first-quarter goals by Hohl and Davidson. Garcia sliced UCLA's lead in half with a goal at 2:52 in the opening period, and the Bruins led, 2-1, after the first quarter.
UCLA twice led by as many as three goals in the second quarter. The Bruins opened a 4-1 lead after goals by Hohl and Sbutega in the first four minutes of the second period. UC San Diego's Jeff Hunt trimmed UCLA's margin to 4-2 with 1:42 to play before halftime.
Sbutega added his second goal of the match with 1:21 to play in the second frame, extending UCLA's cushion to 5-2. UC San Diego's Sean Roberts found the back of the cage with 65 seconds remaining in the period, closing the Tritons' deficit to 5-3.
UC San Diego trailed 5-4 with four minutes to go in the third quarter after a penalty shot by junior Peter Gresham. UCLA freshman Matt Preciado and sophomore Clay Jorth added back-to-back goals, pushing the Bruins' margin to 7-4 with 2:39 to go in the third period. Garcia tallied his second goal of the day at the 16-second mark in the third quarter, cutting UCLA's advantage to 7-5.
UCLA used a 3-0 scoring run to assume a 10-5 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.
Junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin recorded 12 saves in the cage for UCLA. UC San Diego's David Morton netted seven stops in goal.
UCLA returns to the pool at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara in an MPSF match on Saturday, Nov. 15. Game time at UCSB's Campus Pool is slated for 12 p.m.
No. 8 UC San Diego at No. 3 UCLA
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UC San Diego Goals: Daniel Garcia 2, Steven Donohoe, Peter Gresham, Jeff Hunt, A.J. Kotanjian, Sean Roberts, Graham Saber
UC San Diego Saves: David Morton 7