Sept. 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team defeated No. 10 Loyola Marymount, 16-8, on Friday night at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins were led by sophomore Paul Reynolds, who netted a career-high six goals on six shots against the Lions. Reynolds' previous best was four goals set at LMU last year.
John Mikuzis opened the scoring at 6:57 in the first period, giving Loyola Marymount its only lead of the game at 1-0. Reynolds scored back-to-back goals on a power play (6:13) and one at full strength (5:37) to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish. Another power play goal, this one by junior Lucas Reynolds, gave UCLA a 3-1 lead (4:58). Robert Pusic made 3-2 with a goal at 1:49, but the Paul Reynolds answered with his third goal of the first period to push the lead back to two (4-2) with 1:30 left in the opening period. LMU drew a penalty shot with 22 seconds left and Milutin Mitrovic converted it to again draw the Lions to within one goal at 4-3. But sophomore Chris Fahlsing had another answer for the Bruins, scoring on a 6-on-5 opportunity with five seconds left to end the first period scoring at 5-3.
The Lions opened the second quarter with their first power play goal as Mitrovic scored his second for LMU, making it 5-4 at the 7:24 mark. But the Bruins went on a 5-0 scoring run after that to lead 10-4 and never looked back. Senior Josh Samuels scored back-to-back goals at full strength (7:03, 6:32) to make it 7-4. Reynolds then scored his fourth on a power play with 5:49 left in the second and senior Griffin White followed with his only score of the game to push the lead to 9-4 with 4:58 to go. Samuels then completed his hat trick to make it 10-4 with 1:19 left. The Lions got a power play goal from Seth Coldren with 36 seconds left, ending the scoring with the Bruins holding a 10-5 lead at halftime.
UCLA scored the first two goals of the third period, the first by freshman Danny McClintick (7:09) and the other by Fahlsing (5:07) to extend the lead to 12-5. Jake Villarreal scored LMU's only goal of the third period at 3:30 to make it 12-6. But the Bruins scored the final two goals of the third to take a 14-6 lead into the final stanza. Reynolds added his fifth of the game with 2:22 remaining and then sophomore Daniel Lenhart connected on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 1:28 left to end the scoring in the third.
The fourth period saw the two teams battle to a 2-2 draw. Reynolds scored his sixth and final goal of the game on a power play with 5:25 to go and senior Bret Lathrope got his first goal at the 4:30 mark, giving UCLA its largest lead of the game at 16-6. LMU scored the final two goals of the game. Joe Ferretti converted a penalty shot with 4:10 left and Vuk Cvetkovic scored on a power play with 1:10 remaining to end the scoring at 16-8.
In the match, Loyola Marymount was 2-for-3 on penalty shots and scored on 3-of-7 extra man opportunities. The Bruins converted on 6-of-10 power plays. LMU won all four sprints (two by Ferretti and two by Mark Menis). Senior Matt Rapacz registered eight saves for the Bruins (two in each period) while Kyle Testman recorded seven stops in the cage for LMU.
No. 10 Loyola Marymount at No. 2 UCLA
LMU Goals: Milutin Mitrovic 2, Robert Pusic, Joe Ferretti, Jake Villarreal, John Mikuzis, Seth Coldren, Vuk Cvetkovic
LMU Saves: Kyle Testman 7