Nov. 4, 2006
Berkeley, Calif. - The third-ranked UCLA men's water polo team lost to second-ranked California, 8-7, in an MPSF conference contest Saturday afternoon before a capacity crowd at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Senior Michael March led the visiting Bruins (10-5, 1-2 MPSF) with two goals.
California's John Mann broke a 7-7 deadlock with the game-winning goal at 6:07 in the fourth quarter to lift the Golden Bears (22-3, 5-1 MPSF) to victory. California led 6-3 on a goal by junior Michael Sharf with 7:00 to play in the third quarter before the Bruins clawed their way back.
Junior Matthew Jacobs cut the Golden Bears' advantage to 6-4 with a goal at 5:39 in the third quarter. March scored his first of two goals just 38 seconds later, and junior Justin Johnson tied the game, 6-6, with a goal at 3:51. Zac Monsees broke the 6-6 tie with his lone goal of the afternoon with 3:04 to play in the quarter. March tied the game ten seconds later with his second goal.
The loss was UCLA's second of the season to California - the Bruins dropped an 8-6 decision in the semifinals of the SoCal Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 15.
UCLA's Chay Lapin registered seven saves for the visiting Bruins. Mark Sheredy collected nine stops for the Golden Bears.
The Bruins return to action at Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 12 p.m.
UCLA (10-5, 1-2) vs. California (22-3, 5-1)
California Goals: John Mann 2, Marty Matthies 2, Adam Haley, Zac Monsees, Kevin Platshon, Michael Sharf
California Saves: Mark Sheredy 9