No. 3 UCLA Men's Water Polo Opens Season With 22-2 Victory

Sept. 3, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 22-2, in its season-opening match on Saturday morning at Spieker Aquatics Center in the first game of the day-long UCLA Invitational.

UCLA (1-0) received a game-high four goals from senior Brett Hays, sophomore Lucas Reynolds and freshman David Culpan. Sophomore Paul Pickell and freshman Alex Johnson each netted three goals.

CMS (0-1) scored the game's first goal, as John Holland found the back of the cage with 6:47 remaining in the opening period. UCLA outscored the visitors by a 7-0 margin in the remainder of the first quarter. Pickell tied the match, 1-1, with an extra-man goal at 6:22 before Cullen Hennessy gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with a goal at 5:27.

UCLA outscored CMS, 6-1, in the second quarter to push its cushion to 13-2 by halftime. Culpan and Pickell each netted two goals for the Bruins in the second period.

The Bruins held CMS scoreless in the second half, recording four goals in the third quarter and five in the final frame.

Four goalkeepers each played one quarter for UCLA. Sophomore Matt Rapacz allowed one goal in the first quarter, and freshman Stephen White allowed one in the second frame. Senior Andrew Mesesan made one penalty stop in the third quarter, and sophomore James Hartshorne tallied two stops in the final period.

UCLA is slated to play two scrimmage contests later in the day at Spieker Aquatics Center (Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara) before taking on La Verne at 6 p.m. in the evening in its second regular-season match.


Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at No. 3 UCLA

1 2 3 4 F
CMS 1 1 0 0 2
UCLA 7 6 4 5 22

CMS Goals: John Holland, Josh Thomasson
CMS Saves: Greg Mann 2

UCLA Goals: David Culpan 4, Brett Hays 4, Lucas Reynolds 4, Alex Johnson 3, Paul Pickell 3, Cullen Hennessy 2, Daniel Lenhart, Jed Springer
UCLA Saves: James Hartshorne 2, Andrew Mesesan 1


Pepperdine 15, Pomona-Pitzer 4

1 2 3 4 F
Pomona-Pitzer 0 1 1 2 4
Pepperdine 5 4 4 2 15

Pomona-Pitzer Goals: Jason Cox, Clayton Hardman, Ryan Higgins, Travis Larsen
Pomona-Pitzer Saves: Kyle Pokorny 4, Austin Strong 3, Tyler Hill 2

Pepperdine Goals: Matthew DeTrane 3, Andrew Milcovich 2, Brandon Picone 2, Colin Carroll, Nathan Castillo, Nick Cooper, Luke Hewko, Stephen Loomis, James Perry, Parker Peterson, Mike Tragitt
Pepperdine Saves: Bence Valics 8


UC Santa Barbara 23, La Verne 2

1 2 3 4 F
La Verne 0 0 1 1 2
UC Santa Barbara 7 7 4 5 23

La Verne Goals: Kyle Thorsness, Arturo Villalpando
La Verne Saves: Dan Newell 3, Brendon Jones 1

UC Santa Barbara Goals: Liam Gaughan 3, Jesse Gillespie 2, Matt Gronow 2, Brendan McElroy 2, Bryce Miller 2, Alex Semplinski 2, Eric Van de Mortel 2, Matt Johnson, Lazar Komadinic, Chase Racich, David Schmidt, Cooper Smith, Nick Tomasello, Geng Wang, Teddy Zhang
UC Santa Barbara Saves: Myles Christian 10


Pepperdine 18, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6

1 2 3 4 F
CMS 3 0 2 1 6
Pepperdine 3 6 7 2 18

CMS Goals: Brian Chong 3, Maarten Lefor, McClatchy Ruskin, Vincent Schiavoni
CMS Saves: Greg Mann 6

Pepperdine Goals: Stephen Loomis 4, Tommy Briskey 3, Luke Hewko 3, Danny White 3, Nathan Castillo, Nick Cooper, Julian Kotylak, James Perry, Parker Peterson, Brandon Picone
Pepperdine Saves: Matthew Carter 10


UC Santa Barbara 16, Pomona-Pitzer 4

1 2 3 4 F
Pomona-Pitzer 1 1 2 0 4
UC Santa Barbara 3 5 4 4 16

Pomona-Pitzer Goals: Jason Cox 3, Ryan Higgins
Pomona-Pitzer Saves: Tyler Hill 4, Kyle Pokorny 3, Austin Strong 2

UC Santa Barbara Goals: Chase Racich 4, Matt Gronow 3, Liam Gaughan, Jesse Gillespie, Matt Johnson, Brent McCunney, Brendan McElroy, David Schmidt, Nick Tomasello, Eric Van de Mortel, Geng Wang
UC Santa Barbara Saves: Jay Lovero 10




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