No. 2 UCLA Downs No. 12 Concordia, 12-4, in Season Opener

Sept. 11, 2010

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team opened its season with a 12-4 non-conference win over No. 12 Concordia at Spieker Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon. Senior Ben Hohl led the Bruins (1-0) with three goals, while senior Emilio Vieira and freshman Cristiano Mirarchi each scored two goals.

UCLA junior goalkeeper Andrew Mesesan limited Concordia to one goal in two quarters (second, fourth periods), collecting a career-high nine saves. Sophomore Matt Rapacz allowed three goals in two quarters (first, third frames) and totaled five saves.

UCLA led Concordia (0-1) from the start, securing a 3-1 lead through the first quarter. The Bruins got on the board with 6:00 to play in the opening frame when Vieira converted on a 6-on-5 opportunity. UCLA pushed its margin to 3-0 on subsequent goals from junior Cullen Hennessy (4:37) and sophomore Griffin White (3:14).

Concordia scored on a 6-on-5 goal from Kevin Rice with 2:38 to play in the first quarter.

The Bruins scored twice in the second quarter to assume a 5-1 cushion at halftime. Freshman Aimone Barabino netted his first collegiate goal with 4:38 to play in the second period, while senior Jacob Murphy followed with a goal at the 2:57 mark.

UCLA led by as many as seven goals in the third quarter, extending its lead to 8-1 on a 6-on-5 goal on Mirarchi's first collegiate score with 4:13 to play in the period. After Concordia's Duje Grubisic scored on a five-meter penalty shot at the 3:56 mark, Mirarchi converted for the Bruins on another 6-on-5 opportunity, pushing UCLA ahead, 9-2. Concordia added its third goal on a 6-on-5 goal from Alex Donovan with 2:12 to play in the period.

The Bruins outscored the visiting Eagles, 3-1, in the final frame. UCLA received two goals from Hohl in the final quarter and one 6-on-5 goal from sophomore Bret Lathrope.

Concordia's Martin Babovic netted a game-high 10 saves for the Eagles.

UCLA returns to action at the NorCal Tournament next weekend. The Bruins face No. 19 Air Force in a first-round match on Saturday, Sept. 18. Game time at Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) is 8 a.m. UCLA will play either No. 7 Pacific or No. 10 Long Beach State later that afternoon at Diablo Valley College.

No. 12 Concordia at No. 2 UCLA

1 2 3 4 F
Concordia 1 0 2 1 4
UCLA 3 2 4 3 12

Concordia Goals: Alex Donovan, Duje Grubisic, Kevin Rice, Milos Skaljac
Concordia Saves: Martin Babovic 10

UCLA Goals: Ben Hohl 3, Cristiano Mirarchi 2, Emilio Vieira 2, Aimone Barabino, Cullen Hennessy, Jacob Murphy, Bret Lathrope, Griffin White
UCLA Saves: Andrew Mesesan 9, Matt Rapacz 5


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