No. 2 UCLA Rallies But Falls To No. 1 USC, 7-6

Sept. 16, 2012

STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked UCLA men's water polo team fell behind early, 5-0, to No. 1 USC, but rallied to score six of the last eight goals in the championship game of the NorCal Tournament on Sunday. The Trojans hung on for a 7-6 decision. The Bruins dropped to 11-1 while USC improved to 8-0 on the season.

Six different Bruins scored for UCLA while the Trojans were led by Nikola Vavic's four goals. Freshman Danny McClintick, sophomore Paul Reynolds, juniors Aimone Barabino and Lucas Reynolds and seniors Griffin White and Josh Samuels each scored one goal for UCLA.

USC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and led 5-0 in the second before the Bruins scored twice to end the first half trailing 5-2.

The Bruins outscored USC 2-1 in the third and fourth periods to make the final score 7-6. The final goal for UCLA was scored as time expired. Senior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz was stellar in the cage, recording 15 saves in the game, one off his career-high of 16 he registered last year against USC.

UCLA returns home to host a double-header on Sept. 21, 2012. The Bruins will face Golden West JC at 3 p.m. and then Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center.


No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 1 USC

1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 0 2 2 2 6
USC 3 2 1 1 7

UCLA Goals: Aimone Barabino, Danny McClintick, Lucas Reynolds, Paul Reynolds, Josh Samuels, Griffin White
UCLA Saves: Matt Rapacz 15

USC Goals: Nikola Vavic 4, Jeremy Davie, Michael Rosenthal, Kostas Genidounias
USC Saves: James Clark 11


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vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
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Malibu, CA
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Malibu, CA
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