Oct. 7, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. -- The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team jumped out to an 8-1 halftime lead and cruised to a 15-8 victory at No. 17 UC Davis this afternoon at Schaal Aquatics Center. The Bruins were led by freshman Danny McClintick and junior Aimone Barabino with three goals apiece.
With the win, the Bruins improved to 17-2 overall while the Aggies dropped to 11-9 overall.
The Aggies got on the board first when Trevor Allen scored at the 6:47 mark of the first quarter. The Bruins then ran off eight straight unanswered goals to lead 8-1 at the break. Senior Griffin White tied it at 1-1 with a goal at 5:50 and then Barabino (3:49) and McClintick (1:55) gave the Bruins a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first period.
Senior Josh Samuels (7:16) and junior Chris Wendt (6:09) scored on power play goals for the Bruins to push the lead to 5-1. Then after Barabino scored his second goal (5:15) of the day, sophomore Chris Fahlsing made it 7-1 by converting a penalty shot with 4:29 left in the second period. McClintick scored his second of the game at 2:59, ending the first-half scoring.
Chris Richardson led a second-half charge for the Aggies, scoring all four of his game-high goals in the second half. He drew a five-meter foul on the opening possession of the third quarter and converted it. He then drew an exclusion, setting up a 6-on-5 goal by Allen with 4:31 to go in the third to make it 8-3. Senior Bret Lathrope scored the Bruins' first second-half goal to make it 9-3 with 3:11 remaining. Then Richardon connected on a power-play goal from long range at the 2:45 mark to make it 9-4. Fahlsing ended the third period scoring with a goal with 18 seconds left to make it 10-4.
Teddy Nicholson scored a goal out of two meters just 27 seconds into the fourth, then scored the penalty shot after Anders MacCarthy drew another five-meter foul, helping cut the Bruins' lead to 10-6. But UC Davis never closed the gap by less than four the rest of the way, as UCLA exploded for a 5-1 run during the next six minutes of play.
In all, UC Davis drew 12 exclusions and scored on three of those extra man opportunities. UCLA converted four of its seven power plays.
Senior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz played the first half for UCLA, picking up one save while allowing one goal. Sophomore Stephen White played the second half in goal for the Bruins, allowing seven goals while making two stops. Aggie goalie Tony Dito was credited with eight saves for UC Davis.
The Bruins have this week off before returning to the pool on Oct. 20 when they travel for a Noon match at No. 2 UC Santa Barbara.
No. 3 UCLA at No. 17 UC Davis
UCLA Goals: Aimone Barabino 3, Danny McClintick 3, Josh Samuels 2, Griffin White 2, Chris Wendt, Chris Fahlsing, Bret Lathrope, Joey Fuentes, Christopher Meinhold
UCLA Saves: Stephen White 2, Matt Rapacz 1
UC Davis Goals: Chris Richardson 4, Trevor Allen 2, Teddy Nicholson 2
UC Davis Saves: Tony Dito 8