Oct. 9, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior Cullen Hennessy and sophomore Josh Samuels each scored two goals as the No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team lost at No. 4 California, 11-8, on Saturday morning. The Bruins (8-3, 0-1 MPSF) dropped their MPSF opening contest at Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex.
UCLA led the host Golden Bears (11-2, 1-0 MPSF) by a 4-2 margin after the first quarter. Trailing 2-1 in the opening period, the Bruins scored the quarter's final three goals to lead, 4-2. But UCLA could not maintain its advantage as California blanked the Bruins, 3-0, in the second period to assume a 5-4 halftime cushion.
California's Max Bergeson registered one goal in the second quarter before teammate Ivan Rackov scored twice, pushing the host Golden Bears ahead by one at intermission.
The Golden Bears continued their 5-0 scoring run with the first two goals of the second half on a two-meter backhand shot from senior Zach White and one more goal from Bergeson. UCLA countered with the game's next two goals to crawl to within 7-6 after freshman Aimone Barabino scored with 7:05 to play in the final quarter.
After Barabino's goal, Zach White added his second goal of the day with a move from two-meters, pushing California ahead by an 8-6 tally. Luka Saponjic and Rackov increased Cal's cushion with two 6-on-5 goals, allowing the Golden Bears to secure a 10-6 lead.
UCLA also received one goal from seniors Ben Hohl and Clay Jorth and sophomore Griffin White. Hohl scored his team leading 21st goal for UCLA - the senior from Atherton, Calif., has scored at least one goal in nine of 10 games played this fall.
Freshman goalkeeper James Hartshorne made 10 saves for UCLA. California's Justin Parsons totaled 13 stops.
Saturday's loss marked the first time UCLA lost an MPSF contest at California since 2006.
No. 2 UCLA returns to action with an MPSF contest at No. 7 Pacific on Sunday afternoon. Game time at Chris Kjeldsen Pool is 12 p.m.
No. 2 UCLA at No. 4 California
California Goals: Ivan Rackov 3, Max Bereson 2, Luka Saponjic 2, Zach White 2, Brian Dudley, Cory Nasoff
California Saves: Justin Parsons 13