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Water Polo NCAA Champs

No. 3 UCLA Men's Water Polo Falls at No. 2 USC, 8-5
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/06/2010

Nov. 6, 2010

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team dropped an 8-5 decision at No. 2 USC in an MPSF contest on Saturday afternoon, snapping the Bruins' season-high seven game win streak.

USC was led by three goals from Tobias Pruess, and Trojan goalkeeper Joel Dennerley logged 14 saves in the cage.

USC (19-2, 4-2 MPSF) led from the start, securing a 2-0 advantage in the game's first two minutes. Trailing 3-0, UCLA (15-4, 4-2 MPSF) answered with a goal from freshman Aimone Barabino with 2:47 to play in the opening period. The host Trojans led the game, 3-1, after the first quarter.

The Bruins were blanked in the second period, entering halftime behind by a 4-1 tally.

UCLA clawed to as close as two goals in the third quarter, slicing USC's advantage to 4-2 on a goal from freshman Cristiano Mirarchi with 7:23 to play in the third period. The Trojans pushed their margin to 6-2 by the end of the quarter, taking advantage of goals from Nikola Vavic (3:05) on a 6-on-5 opportunity and from Brian Boswell (0:32).

The Bruins outscored USC, 3-2, in the final frame. UCLA received goals from senior Emilio Vieira, junior Cullen Hennessy and freshman Chris Wendt in the fourth quarter to close its deficit to 8-5.

Freshman goalkeeper James Hartshorne finished with seven saves in the cage for UCLA.

UCLA returns to action against No. 19 Air Force on Monday, Nov. 8. Game time at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center is 12 p.m.

No. 3 UCLA at No. 2 USC

1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 1 0 1 3 5
USC 3 1 2 2 8

UCLA Goals: Aimone Barabino, Cullen Hennessy, Cristiano Mirarchi, Emilio Vieira, Chris Wendt
UCLA Saves: James Hartshorne 7

USC Goals: Tobias Pruess 3, Jeremy Davie 2, Brian Boswell, Matt Burton, Nikola Vavic
USC Saves: Joel Dennerley 14

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