Nov. 12, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - Griffin White scored a game-high five goals to lead the No. 1 UCLA men's water polo team past No. 9 Pepperdine, 9-6, in an MPSF contest at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on Saturday afternoon.
UCLA earned its ninth consecutive victory, compiling the program's longest win streak since winning 18 straight games during the 2004 season.
"We controlled the game early, and got a quality win on the road," head coach Adam Wright said. "I was proud of how team stepped up, especially on defense. I've told our guys that winning close games will come down to how we play on defense, and they responded well today. With USC and UC Santa Barbara on the horizon, we've got a big week ahead of us.
The Bruins raced to a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter, and opened a 4-1 advantage at the end of the opening period. Lathrope scored the first goal of the match, scoring off a rebound with 6:16 to play in the opening frame. White netted the first of his five goals at 3:42 and Reynolds scored at the 1:42 mark.
Pepperdine's Andrew Milcovich got the Waves (12-11, 2-6 MPSF) on the board with a goal at the 1:25 mark, before Reynolds tallied his second goal of the match with 44 seconds to play in the opening quarter.
Both teams traded two goals each in the second quarter, as UCLA claimed a 6-3 cushion at halftime.
Pepperdine reduced UCLA's lead to 6-4 early in the third period, as the Waves' Spencer Hamby scored at the 7:03 mark. The Bruins regained a three-goal advantage with 50 seconds to play in the quarter, as White registered the third of his five goals.
UCLA raced to a 9-4 lead in the final quarter on goals from Chris Wendt (6:28) and White (4:40). Pepperdine trimmed the Bruins' cushion to 9-6 with two late goals.
Junior Matt Rapacz netted eight saves and limited the Waves to five goals in the cage for UCLA. James Hartshorne recorded two saves and allowed one goal in the final two minutes. Pepperdine goalkeeper Bence Valics recorded 10 stops.
UCLA returns to action at home against USC on Friday, Nov. 18. Game time at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center is slated for 7 p.m. Friday night's match will feature a live audio broadcast, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
No. 1 UCLA at No. 9 Pepperdine
Pepperdine Goals: Spencer Hamby 2, Danny White 2, Matthew DeTrane, Andrew Milcovich
Pepperdine Saves: Bence Valics 10