No. 4 UCLA Edged by No. 2 USC, 6-5, in NorCal Tournament Title Game

Sept. 21, 2008

STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior Scott Davidson scored two goals and junior Chay Lapin registered a season-high 13 saves to lead the No. 4 UCLA men's water polo team in a 6-5 loss to No. 2 USC in the championship match of the NorCal Tournament late Sunday afternoon at Pacific's Chris Kjeldsesn Pool. The Bruins (4-1) finished second in the annual mid-season tournament.

USC's Matt Sagehorn scored the game-winning goal with one second remaining in the final quarter to snap a 5-5 tie and hand the Trojans (10-0) the NorCal Tournament title. UCLA made its first appearance in the NorCal Tournament's first-place match since 2002.

Both teams traded goals in the first quarter, and UCLA assumed a 3-2 cushion at halftime. USC outscored UCLA, 2-1, in each of the third and fourth quarters to secure the 6-5 victory.

Aside from Davidson, the Bruins received goals from Cullen Hennessy, Ben Hohl and Scott Swanson.

Shea Buckner led the Trojans with two goals, and USC goalkeeper Joel Dennerley made 11 stops.

The Bruins return to action with an MPSF contest against No. 8 Long Beach State on Saturday, Oct. 4. Game time at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center (Pasadena, Calif.) that day remains to be determined.

No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 2 USC - NorCal Tournament Championship Match

1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 1 2 1 1 5
USC 1 1 2 2 6

UCLA Goals: Scott Davidson 2, Cullen Hennessy, Ben Hohl, Scott Swanson
UCLA Saves: Chay Lapin 13

USC Goals: Shea Buckner 2, Peter Kurzeka, Justin Rappel, Matt Sagehorn, Kyle Sterling
USC Saves: Joel Dennerley 11


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