Oct. 26, 2008
STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior Scott Davidson scored a game-best five goals and senior Krsto Sbutega tallied three goals to help lead the No. 4 UCLA men's water polo team past No. 17 Pacific, 14-2, on Sunday afternoon at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.
The Bruins (11-4, 3-1 MPSF) received at least one goal from seven players. Sophomore Clay Jorth scored a pair of goals, and junior Tyler Jemmett and Scott Swanson, sophomore Jacob Murphy and freshman Matt Preciado each registered one goal.
Davidson's season-high five goals tied his career high, established in a 12-11 overtime victory against UC Irvine on Sept. 22, 2007.
UCLA led Pacific (10-15, 0-3 MPSF) from the start, opening the contest with a 9-0 scoring run. Murphy initiated the scoring with a goal at 4:15 in the first quarter, and Sbutega found the back of the cage with over two minutes remaining in the opening frame.
The Bruins outscored the Tigers, 5-0, in the second quarter. Davidson scored the first three of his five goals to open the second period, helping UCLA take a five-goal lead. Jorth's first goal came with 2:56 to play before halftime and pushed the score to 6-0. Davidson's fourth goal of the quarter came with 1:14 remaining.
UCLA opened the third quarter with goals from Sbutega and Swanson. Pacific's Austin Delong followed with two goals in a two-minute span, cutting the Bruins' advantage to 9-2. Sbutega added his third goal of the game with 1:05 to play in the period, pushing the margin to 10-2.
The Bruins blanked the Tigers in the final quarter, 4-0.
The Bruins return to the pool at No. 1 USC in an MPSF contest on Saturday, Nov. 1. Game time at McDonald's Swim Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA at No. 17 Pacific
Pacific Goals: Austin Delong 2
Pacific Saves: Brian Domecus 8