Nov. 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team fell to No. 3 California, 12-9, in the semifinals of the 2012 MPSF Tournament at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins will face No. 4 Stanford in the third-place game tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
Senior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz played all four quarters, registering five saves.
California goalie, Jon Sibley, registered 11 saves in the cage for the Golden Bears.
Matt Russell led California with three goals. Mason Cox, Giacomo Cupido and Hunter Gettelfinger each scored twice for the Golden Bears.
California jumped on the Bruins to lead 3-0 at the start and 4-1 at the end of the first period. The Bruins would respond, but each time, the Golden Bears had an answer as UCLA never led and never got closer than two goals after the first period. The Bruins trailed 5-3 at halftime and 8-5 through three periods.
The Bruins will face No. 4 Stanford tomorrow in the third-place game of the 2012 MPSF Tournament. The game will take place at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium at 1:30 p.m.
No. 3 California vs. No. 2 UCLA
California Goals: Matt Russell 3, Mason Cox 2, Giacomo Cupido 2, Hunter Gettelfinger 2, Marin Balarin, Luka Ivanovic, Colin Mulcahy
California Saves: Jon Sibley 11
2012 MPSF TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
USC is hosting this year's MPSF Tournament at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Nov. 23-25, 2012. Game times are 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (times subject to change). It will be a sellout so click here to purchase your tickets and get in on all of the exciting action and cheer the Bruins on as they defend their MPSF Championship.
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