Sept. 15, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked UCLA men's water polo team advanced to the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament at Stanford on Saturday with a 9-4 victory over No. 7 Pacific and a 16-5 win over No. 18 Concordia. UCLA improved to 10-0 with the victories.
In the first game of the day, the Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period and led 9-1 at halftime over the Concordia Eagles.
The Bruins and Concordia battled to a 3-3 tie in the third period. But UCLA outscored Concordia 4-1 in the final stanza to end the game with a 16-5 victory.
Five different Bruins scored two goals to lead UCLA. Freshman Anthony Daboub, sophomore David Culpan, juniors Lucas Reynolds and Chris Wendt and senior Josh Samuels all scored twice against the Eagles.
No. 18 Concordia vs. No. 2 UCLA
Concordia Goals: Jacob Pril 2, Andras Antal, Weston Paulson, Stefano Ragosa
Concordia Saves: Brandon Lucia 4, Jaime Saunders 3
UCLA Goals: David Culpan 2, Anthony Daboub 2, Lucas Reynolds 2, Josh Samuels 2, Chris Wendt 2, Aimone Barabino, Joey Fuentes, Bret Lathrope, Daniel Lenhart, Danny McClintick, Paul Reynolds
UCLA Saves: Matt Rapacz 5
In the quarterfinal matchup with No. 7 Pacific, the Bruins won all four tightly contested quarters, en route to a 9-4 victory over the Tigers.
UCLA led 2-1 at the end of the first period and 5-3 at halftime. The Bruins dominated a defensive third period, outscoring the Tigers 2-0 to extend the lead to 7-3. UCLA won the fourth period 2-1 to end the scoring at 9-4.
The Bruins received a game-high three goals from senior Josh Samuels. UCLA also got one goal each from juniors Aimone Barabino, Lucas Reynolds and Chris Wendt and senior Griffin White. Freshman Joey Fuentes and sophomore Paul Reynolds also scored against the Tigers. Freshman Danny McClintick had his nine-game consecutive scoring streak snapped against Pacific. It was the first time the true freshman hasn't scored in a game in 10 outings as a collegian.
UCLA will face No. 3 California in the second semifinal tomorrow at Stanford's Avery Pool at 12:15 p.m.
No. 7 Pacific vs. No. 2 UCLA
Pacific Goals: Alex Obert 2, Balazs Erdelyi 2
Pacific Saves: Alex Malkis 4