No. 3 UCLA Men's Water Polo Powers Past No. 11 UC Irvine, 8-5, on Senior Day

Nov. 19, 2006

Los Angeles - Senior Michael March scored two goals early in the second quarter to break a 1-1 deadlock and lead the third-ranked UCLA men's water polo team past 11th-ranked UC Irvine, 8-5, on "Senior Day" Sunday afternoon at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

In the regular-season finale for both teams, UC Irvine (10-18, 2-6 MPSF) got on the board first on a goal by junior Colin Mello - who finished with three goals - at 5:39 in the first quarter. UCLA (15-5, 6-2 MPSF) answered with 36 seconds remaining in the quarter on a strike from junior Matthew Jacobs.

March broke the tie 45 seconds into the second period and followed with his second goal, UCLA's third, with 4:26 remaining before halftime. The Bruins increased their advantage to three on a goal by sophomore Krsto Sbutega with 21 seconds to play in the half. UCLA gained its largest lead with 5:15 left in the third quarter on Jacobs' second goal.

Trailing 5-1, UC Irvine clawed its way back, using a 3-0 scoring run over a period of 6:34. The Anteaters cut the UCLA margin to three (5-2) on Mello's second goal with 3:55 to play in the third quarter. Freshman Kyle Baxter tallied his first score of the day at 6:09 in the final quarter, cutting the Anteaters' deficit to 5-3. UC Irvine scored just 33 seconds later on a strike from sophomore Jesse Hatch to trail by one.

The Bruins halted UC Irvine's comeback with three of their own - freshman Scott Davidson scored at 5:14, junior Marco Santos at 4:23 and Sbutega at 2:12. Mello added one more goal for UC Irvine at 1:13.

UCLA ends the regular season riding a four-game win streak and has won six of its last seven contests. The Bruins await the MPSF Tournament at UC Irvine (Nov. 24-26) and can clinch a berth in the 2006 NCAA Final Four berth by winning the conference tourney.

Seeded No. 3 in the MPSF Tournament, UCLA will play the No. 6 seed (TBD) at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

UC Irvine (10-18, 2-6) vs. UCLA (15-5, 6-2)

1 2 3 4 F
UC Irvine 1 0 1 3 5
UCLA 1 3 1 3 8

UC Irvine Goals: Colin Mello 3, Kyle Baxter, Jesse Hatch
UC Irvine Saves: Matt Garcia 11

UCLA Goals: Matthew Jacobs 2, Michael March 2, Krsto Sbutega 2, Scott Davidson, Marco Santos
UCLA Saves: Will Didinger 10


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS