Sept. 6, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team defeated No. 12 Loyola Marymount, 8-6, in the Bruins' season opener Thursday before a capacity crowd at Loyola Marymount's Burns Recreation Center. Freshman Ben Hohl led the charge, scoring three goals in his UCLA debut.
Senior Marco Santos and sophomore Scott Davidson each added two goals, and sophomore Chay Lapin totaled 12 saves in the cage for the visiting Bruins (1-0). LMU's Julien Lormant led the Lions with three goals.
Thursday's season opener included five ties. Loyola Marymount (2-3) took the game's first lead, scoring just 65 seconds into the contest. Hohl tallied his first collegiate goal 42 seconds later to tie the contest, 1-1.
The host Lions gained a 2-1 advantage, their final lead of the afternoon, midway through the first quarter before UCLA assumed a 3-2 cushion on goals by Santos and junior Russell Simpkins.
Both teams traded goals in the second quarter. The Lions tied the contest, 4-4, with a goal by Lormant midway through the third period. Davidson's second goal of the afternoon broke the tie before LMU's Shaun Flood answered with 2:05 to play in the third, knotting the score, 5-5.
Hohl delivered his second goal with 49 seconds remaining in the third quarter to hand UCLA its fourth lead of the day (6-5). Lormant took advantage of a 6-on-5 situation to tie the contest just 57 seconds into the final frame.
Santos scored the game-winning goal with 5:49 to play in the match, giving the Bruins a 7-6 lead. Hohl scored on a five-meter penalty shot with 4:01 remaining, sending UCLA ahead 8-6.
UCLA improves to 16-0 lifetime against Loyola Marymount. The Bruins return to action Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Inland Empire Classic against Pomona-Pitzer (10:20 a.m.), Occidental (1 p.m.) and Redlands (3:40 p.m.). The Bruins' three matches are slated to take place at the University of Redlands.
Game Notes: Several Bruins made their collegiate debuts Thursday afternoon, including freshmen Ben Hohl, Clay Jorth and Kevin Schmidt...sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin finished one save shy of tying his career high (13, vs. Stanford, 10/14/06).
No. 3 UCLA at No. 12 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Loyola Marymount Goals: Julien Lormant 3, Shaun Flood, Tibor Forai, Tim Hummel
Loyola Marymount Saves: Andy Stevens 9