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UCLA Downs Pacific, 7-5, in MPSF Tournament

Nov. 26, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 3-seed UCLA men's water polo team defeated No. 6-seed Pacific, 7-5, in a first-round match of the MPSF Tournament on Friday afternoon at Stanford University. Sophomore Josh Samuels led the Bruins (19-4) with three goals.

Freshman Aimone Barabino tallied a season-high two goals for UCLA. The Bruins also received one goal from junior Brett Hays and freshman Cristiano Mirarchi.

The victory allows UCLA to advance to a semifinal match against No. 2-seed USC (24-2) on Saturday. Game time at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center is slated for 3 p.m. The Trojans took down No. 7-seed UC Santa Barbara, 10-2, earlier on Friday.

Pacific was led by senior Joey Gullikson's three goals. The Tigers (16-10) also received two goals from junior Tom Koning.

UCLA pushed its win streak to four games and has now won 11 of its last 12 matches.

After trailing 1-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter, the Bruins scored four goals to close the opening period and led the rest of the way. Pacific's Tom Koning put the Tigers on the board 1-0 before Mirarchi closed the gap with the equalizer at 4:38 on a 6-on-5 opportunity in the opening frame.

UCLA added to its margin with two goals from Samuels and one from Barabino to lead 4-1 after one quarter.

Each team traded one goal in the second period, allowing UCLA to enter the locker room at halftime with a 5-2 cushion. Pacific's Joey Gullikson netted the Tigers' second goal of the day in the second quarter, before UCLA answered with a goal from two meters by Hays.

The Bruins owned a 7-3 advantage after the third quarter. UCLA pushed its cushion to five, the largest of the game, after receiving goals from Samuels and Barabino halfway through the third frame. Pacific trimmed its deficit to 7-3 with one goal from Koning in the closing minutes.

Pacific added two fourth-quarter goals to trim the final margin to 7-5.

UCLA freshman goalkeeper James Hartshorne was credited with four saves. Pacific's Alex Malkis notched eight stops in the cage, all through the game's first three quarters.

No. 3-seed UCLA vs. No. 6-seed Pacific

1 2 3 4 F
Pacific 1 1 1 2 5
UCLA 4 1 2 0 7

Pacific Goals: Joey Gullikson 3, Tom Koning 2
Pacific Saves: Alex Malkis 8

UCLA Goals: Josh Samuels 3, Aimone Barabino 2, Brett Hays, Cristiano Mirarchi
UCLA Saves: James Hartshorne 4


Game No. Day Time Matchup
Game #1 Friday, Nov. 26 10:00 a.m. (1) California 13, (8) Pepperdine 5
Game #2 Friday, Nov. 26 11:30 a.m. (2) USC 10, (7) UC Santa Barbara 2
Game #3 Friday, Nov. 26 1:30 p.m. (3) UCLA 7, (6) Pacific 5
Game #4 Friday, Nov. 26 3:00 p.m. (4) Stanford 8, (5) UC Irvine 7
Game #5 Saturday, Nov. 27 10:00 a.m. Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine
Game #6 Saturday, Nov. 27 11:30 a.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific
Game #7 Saturday, Nov. 27 1:30 p.m. California vs. Stanford
Game #8 Saturday, Nov. 27 3:00 p.m. USC vs. UCLA
Game #9 Sunday, Nov. 28 10:00 a.m. Losers of Games 5 and 6 (7th place)
Game #10 Sunday, Nov. 28 11:30 a.m. Winners of Games 5 and 6 (5th place)
Game #11 Sunday, Nov. 28 1:30 p.m. Losers of Games 7 and 8 (3rd place)
Game #12 Sunday, Nov. 28 3:00 p.m. Winners of Games 7 and 8 (1st place)

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