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No. 2 UCLA Downs No. 6 Pepperdine, 12-7

Oct. 25, 2012

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LOS ANGELES -- The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team defeated No. 6 Pepperdine 12-7 on Thursday night at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 20-2 overall and 3-0 in MPSF play while the Waves dropped to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in league action.

Senior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz had 12 saves while senior Josh Samuels, led all scorers with three goals.

The Bruins got on the board first when Chris Wendt scored with 5:57 left to make it 1-0. UCLA got a goal with 49 seconds left from Aimone Barabino to end the first period with a 2-0 lead.

Pepperdine quickly tied the score at 2-2 in the second period after back-to-back scores by Stephen Loomis (power play goal at 6:31 and a goal at 5:48). Samuels converted a penalty shot at 4:29 to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. But Pepperdine's Nick Cooper tied it again at 3-3 with 2:11 remaining in the first half. Barabino scored his second of the game, a power play goal at the 1:41 mark, to make it 4-3 UCLA. Samuels then scored his second of the day with 46 seconds left to give the Bruins a 5-3 halftime advantage.

UCLA would dominate the third period, extending its lead to 8-3 with five consecutive goals (dating back to the second period). Daniel Lenhart scored back-to-back goals for the Bruins (7:36 and 6:25). Samuels then converted his second penalty shot of the game to complete a hat trick with 4:29 left in the third period. Ray McIntyre scored his first of two goals of the game to end the scoring in the third period at the 3:18 mark with UCLA heading into the final period with an 8-4 lead.

The Bruins jumped on the Waves in the fourth, enjoying their largest lead of the game at 11-4 after full strength goals by Paul Reynolds (7:31), Wendt (5:38) and Chris Fahlsing (4:19). James Perry scored his first goal of the game to make it 11-5 with 2:35 remaining. David Culpan scored the final goal for UCLA with 1:44 to go, converting a penalty shot to put the Bruins up 12-5. Pepperdine scored the final two goals of the game in the final minute of the contest to end the scoring at 12-7.

The Bruins converted all three penalty shots (two by Samuels and one by Culpan) in the game. But neither team was particularly effective on power plays. UCLA went 1-for-7 on power plays while Pepperdine finished 2-for-9 on its extra man opportunities.

Rapacz played the first three periods and most of the fourth, picking up 12 saves. Stephen White came in relief of Rapacz and played the final 2:34 in goal for the Bruins, making one stop in the cage. Pepperdine goalie Bence Valics was credited with 13 saves for the Waves.

The Bruins return to action on Nov. 3 when they host a double-header with Long Beach State at Noon and Concordia at 2:00 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center.

No. 6 Pepperdine at No. 2 UCLA

1 2 3 4 F
Pepperdine 0 3 1 3 7
UCLA 2 3 3 4 12

Pepperdine Goals: Stephen Loomis 2, James Perry 2, Ray McIntyre 2, Nick Cooper
Pepperdine Saves: Bence Valics 13

UCLA Goals: Josh Samuels 3, Daniel Lenhart 2, Chris Wendt 2, Aimone Barabino 2, Paul Reynolds, Chris Fahlsing, David Culpan
UCLA Saves: Matt Rapacz 12, Stephen White 1

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.

USC is also hosting the 2012 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Dec. 1-2, 2012. It will be a sellout so click here to purchase your tickets and get in on all of the exciting action.

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