Oct. 19, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Jacob Murphy and senior Krsto Sbutega each scored three goals to lead the No. 4 UCLA men's water polo team past No. 18 Brown, 14-2, Sunday afternoon at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Bruins (9-4) also received a pair of goals from junior Cole Consani and freshman Matt Preciado.
UCLA scored a season-high 14 goals in the non-conference victory against the visiting Bears (11-7), as eight different Bruins each registered at least one goal.
The Bruins led from the start, as junior Scott Swanson won the opening sprint and Murphy scored UCLA's first goal from the hole-set just 23 seconds into the match. UCLA built a 3-0 lead on ensuing goals from Murphy and senior Russell Simpkins.
Brown's Brandon Yoshimura cut the Bruins' advantage to two goals on a strike with 4:50 to play in the opening frame. UCLA took advantage of a 10-0 run, lasting midway through the fourth quarter, to secure the victory. The Bruins led 6-1 after one quarter and 8-1 by halftime.
Sbutega scored the first of his three goals with three seconds left in the first quarter, before sophomore Ben Hohl and Preciado each scored once in the second period.
UCLA outscored Brown by a 4-0 margin in the third quarter, receiving two goals from Sbutega and one goal from Consani and Preciado. Freshman Nick Zakula increased the Bruins' cushion to 13-1 when he scored his first collegiate goal 24 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Brown's Gordon Hood tallied the Bears' second goal with 7:05 to play in the final quarter.
UCLA junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin made six saves through the game's first three quarters. Freshman Andrew Mesesan manned the cage in the first 5 minutes, 16 seconds of the fourth quarter before junior Alex Lawrence totaled two stops in the game's final 2:44.
Brown goalkeeper Kent Holland made two saves in goal through the first three quarters before being relieved in the final frame by Max Lubin.
The Bruins return to the pool at No. 3 California on Saturday, Oct. 25. Game time at California's Spieker Aquatics Complex is slated for 10 a.m. (prior to that afternoon's 12:30 football game at Memorial Stadium). UCLA plays at No. 16 Pacific on Sunday, Oct. 26 (12 p.m.).
No. 18 Brown at No. 4 UCLA
Brown Goals: Gordon Hood, Brandon Yoshimura
Brown Saves: Kent Holland 2