Nov. 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team ended its regular season with a 16-8 victory over No. 9 UC Irvine on Sunday morning at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 25-3 overall and 7-1 in MPSF play while the Anteaters ended the regular season at 14-12 overall and 0-8 in league action.
While it was "Senior Day" on Sunday, it was Bruin freshman Danny McClintick that stole the show, leading all scorers with three goals on the day. A total of 12 different Bruins scored in the game.
The Bruins jumped all over the Anteaters from the start of the game, scoring the first nine goals of the contest. Senior Griffin White got UCLA on the board first with a goal at 6:06. Five different Bruins scored in the opening period. Sophomore Paul Reynolds made it 2-0 (5:30) and then junior Paul Pickell scored at the 4:55 mark. McClintick scored his first of the day to make it 4-0 (2:38) and then sophomore David Culpan registered his only goal with 2:08 remaining in the first period. Reynolds then scored his second of the game (1:29) and McClintick added his second score (:45) to end the first period scoring with UCLA leading 7-0.
The Anteaters won the second quarter, 3-2. UCLA junior Aimone Barabino (5:52) and senior Bret Lathrope (5:16) scored on back-to-back possessions to give the Bruins a 9-0 lead. But UC Irvine answered with three straight goals. Jacob Mourer got UCI on the board with a goal at 4:52 and then scored again with 4:11 left on a rare 6-on-4 opportunity. Mitch Wise added a goal for the Anteaters with 30 seconds left in the second. UCLA took a 9-3 lead into the break.
Junior Lucas Reynolds opened the third period scoring (6:55), putting the Bruins up 10-3. Winston Newland scored the first of his two goals to make it 10-4 with a power play goal (6:20). Then sophomore Daniel Lenhart scored back-to-back goals (5:30 and 4:41) to give the Bruins a 12-4 advantage. McClintick completed his hat trick at 3:33 and senior Josh Samuels scored his first at 2:48 to give the Bruins their largest lead of the game at 14-4. Wise added his second of the day to end the third period scoring at the 1:52 mark and the Bruins leading 14-5.
The Bruins again pushed the lead to 10 when freshman Anthony Daboub scored a power play goal at the 5:07 mark of the fourth quarter. Newland added his second for UCI to make it 15-6 on a penalty shot with 4:53 left. Sophomore Chris Fahlsing pushed it back to 10 (16-6) with a power play goal with 2:37 to go. But UC Irvine ended the game with the final two goals (Pablo Carballo, 2:05 and Nick Pfeil, 1:15), both on 6-on-5 opportunities.
Rapacz played the first three quarters, picking up seven saves. Stephen White played the fourth period and registered five stops in goal for the Bruins. Michael Bailey had four saves for UC Irvine while Alex Kazmier had one stop for the Anteaters.
The Bruins are the second seed for the 2012 MPSF Tournament, which runs Nov. 23-25 at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium. They will open up against seventh-seeded Pacific in the first round game of the MPSF Tournament on Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m. to play for a Saturday semifinal spot.
No. 9 UC Irvine at No. 2 UCLA
UC Irvine Goals: Mitch Wise 2, Jacob Mourer 2, Winston Newland 2, Nick Pfeil, Pablo Carballo
UC Irvine Saves: Michael Bailey 4, Alex Kazmier 1
UCLA Goals: Danny McClintick 3, Paul Reynolds 2, Daniel Lenhart 2, Lucas Reynolds, Bret Lathrope, Griffin White, Anthony Daboub, Aimone Barabino, Chris Fahlsing, David Culpan, Josh Samuels, Paul Pickell
UCLA Saves: Matt Rapacz 7, Stephen White 5
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