Oct. 15, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team defeated No. 4 Stanford, 9-8, in an MPSF match before a capacity crowd under the lights at Spieker Aquatics Center on Friday night. Senior Ben Hohl registered a game-high three goals, including the game-winning score with 50 seconds to play in the contest.
UCLA (10-3, 2-1 MPSF) led nearly the entire way until Stanford overcame a 7-5 deficit in the fourth quarter by scoring three consecutive goals. Stanford's Jacob Smith scored his second of two goals with 2:56 to play in the match, pushing the Cardinal (7-5, 1-1 MPSF) ahead, 8-7.
With 1:48 remaining, sophomore Griffin White converted as a 6-on-5 opportunity was expiring, to tie the contest at 8-8. On the Bruins' next possession, Hohl fired the game-winning shot with 50 second left. Stanford had two offensive opportunities in the game's final minute but was unable to score.
UCLA freshman goalkeeper James Hartshorne deflected a shot out of bounds with 16 seconds left, handing the ball back to the Cardinal. Stanford could not convert in the final seconds of the match.
UCLA and Stanford finished the first quarter tied, 2-2, as each team score in its opening possession. The Bruins outscored the Cardinal in the second frame, 3-1, to secure a 5-3 lead at halftime.
Stanford bounced back, tying the contest at 5-5 early in the third quarter on goals from Jeffrey Schwimer (7:32) and Sage Wright (5:49). UCLA answered with a goal on a 6-on-5 opportunity from Murphy with 2:22 to play in the third period, pushing the Bruins ahead, 6-5.
UCLA's lead swelled to 7-5 after Hohl scored his second goal of the night with 6:40 remaining. A 3-0 scoring run by the Cardinal handed Stanford its first and only lead of the evening. Stanford received goals from Wright (6:18), Schwimer (3:41) and Smith (2:56) to secure an 8-7 lead.
Hartshorne finished with seven saves for UCLA. Stanford goalkeeper Brian Pingree also netted seven stops.
With Friday evening's win, UCLA improved its record against Stanford this season to 2-0. Likewise, the Bruins pushed their MPSF mark to 2-1.
UCLA hosts a non-conference match against Chapman on Sunday, Oct. 17. Game time at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center is slated for 12 p.m.
No. 4 Stanford at No. 3 UCLA
Stanford Goals: Jeffrey Schwimer 2, Jacob Smith 2, Sage Wright 2, Paul Rudolph, Peter Sefton
Stanford Saves: Brian Pingree 7