Oct. 10, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team earned a 10-9 victory in MPSF action over No. 7 Pacific on Sunday afternoon. Senior Jacob Murphy and freshman Cristiano Mirarchi each scored two goals to lead the visiting Bruins (9-3, 1-1 MPSF).
Pacific got on the board first with a goal from Austin Delong at 5:25 in the opening frame, before UCLA countered with a goal from Murphy at 3:08 to tie the contest.
Pacific's Balazs Erdelyi, who finished the contest with a game-high three goals, kicked off the second period by winning the sprint before putting Pacific (9-5, 0-1 MPSF) ahead by a 2-1 cushion at 5:47 with his first goal of the day. UCLA answered with goals from Lathrope (3:05) and Mirarchi (2:30) to lead, 3-2. With 15 seconds remaining in the first half, Pacific's Joey Gullikson tied the game, 3-3.
UCLA claimed a 5-3 lead in the third quarter on consecutive goals from Barabino (7:17) and Clinton Jorth (5:46). The host Tigers countered 21 seconds later on a goal from Jason Wensley, slicing UCLA's lead to 5-4. The Bruins pushed their margin to three goals on consecutive scores from Murphy (4:25) and White (1:50).
Pacific cut UCLA's advantage to 7-6 with back-to-back goals from Tom Koning (1:36) and Gullikson (0:47). The Bruins claimed a two-point lead on Hohl's goal near the end of the third quarter.
Mirarchi scored his second of two goals with 6:09 to play in the game, giving UCLA a 9-6 cushion. Erdelyi countered for Pacific with 3:22 remaining before Koning's goal at 2:33 put the Tigers to within one goal of UCLA. With 2:05 left in the game, Hennessy tacked on UCLA's final goal of the day, putting the Bruins ahead, 10-8. Pacific scored its ninth goal on a shot from Erdelyi with 1:40 remaining.
UCLA junior goalkeeper Andrew Mesesan netted six saves in the cage. Pacific goalkeeper Alex Malkis registered eight stops for the Tigers.
No. 2 UCLA returns to action against No. 6 Stanford on Friday, Oct. 15. Game time at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center is slated for 7 p.m.
No. 2 UCLA at No. 7 Pacific
Pacific Goals: Balazs Erdalyi 3, Joey Gullikson 2, Tom Koning, Austin Delong, Jason Wensley
Pacific Saves: Alex Malkis 8