Oct. 15, 2006
Los Angeles - The fourth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team routed third-ranked UC San Diego, 12-3, on Sunday afternoon at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium to capture third place in the SoCal Tournament. Junior Marco Santos tied his career high, recording a season-best four goals.
Nine days since falling to the Tritons on the road, 13-12, the Bruins regrouped with a commanding victory in the SoCal Tournament's third-place game. UCLA (9-3) scored the game's first five goals and never looked back. The Bruins used a 5-0 run to open the game, followed by a 6-0 run after the Tritons scored their first goal. With 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter, UCLA's lead swelled to 10, the largest of the game.
Santos' four-goal performance began with UCLA's first goal at 6:07 in the first quarter. Following goals by freshman Kevin Kuga (1:51) and junior Justin Johnson (1:03), Santos scored the first two goals of the second period to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead.
Senior Ty Lackey put UC San Diego (17-4) on the board with a goal at 1:38 in the second frame. Johnson scored his second goal with 29 seconds remaining in the half, handing UCLA a 6-1 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, senior Brad Greiner opened the scoring (at 5:27) before Santos added his fourth goal (3:37). Freshman Scott Davidson added two goals and Grant Zider registered one in the quarter. UCLA and UC San Diego each scored once in the fourth quarter.
Freshman goalkeeper Chay Lapin posted 10 saves for the Bruins, one day after he registered a career-high 13 stops against fifth-ranked Stanford. In three games over the weekend, Lapin recorded 26 saves.
UC San Diego's Jeremy Randall made five stops in the cage.
The Bruins return to McDonald's Swim Stadium to face USC on Saturday, Oct. 21. The UCLA-USC game, slated for 12 p.m., marks the second meeting of the season between both teams.
UCLA (9-3) vs. UC San Diego (17-4)
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UC San Diego Goals: Ty Lackey 2, Simon Schafer
UC San Diego Saves: Jeremy Randall 5