Nov. 26, 2006
Irvine, Calif. - Freshman Scott Davidson scored the game-winning goal with 1:22 remaining in the second overtime period to lift the third-seeded UCLA men's water polo team past No. 4 seed Stanford, 9-8, Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Bruins (17-6, 6-2 MPSF) ended their season with a third-place finish at the MPSF Tournament at UC Irvine's Anteater Aquatics Complex.
Davidson's power-play goal in the final minute and a half was the only shot to find the back of the cage for either team in both three-minute overtime periods.
In a back-and-forth contest, UCLA overcame two three-goal deficits in the third quarter and tied the game, 8-8, with 2:29 to play on senior Logan Powell's second goal of the day. After stopping a Stanford power-play opportunity with a strong field block by senior Tyler Krikorian, the Bruins could not capitalize on an ensuing 6-on-5 advantage in the final minute of regulation.
UCLA took the game's first lead on a goal just 1:35 into the game by senior Michael March. Stanford (17-9, 5-3 MPSF) answered 1:12 later on a strike from junior Michael Bury, and freshman Janson Wigo added the Cardinal's second goal with 2:07 left in the quarter.
The Bruins tied the contest twice in the final two minutes of the first period. Powell knotted the game, 2-2, on a power-play goal at 1:39 before Stanford recaptured the lead with a goal from sophomore Chris Jacobson on a 6-on-5 advantage at 1:13. Senior Grant Zider pushed the game into a 3-3 deadlock with 16 seconds left in the frame.
Stanford gained a two-goal advantage midway through the second quarter to lead 5-3 at the break. Sophomore William Hindle-Katel fired a backhanded shot with at 5:57 and Wigo tallied his second goal of the match with 3:36 to play in the half.
Both teams traded goals through the third period - the Cardinal twice led by as many as three goals (6-3 and 7-4) before the Bruins cut down Stanford's margin to 7-6 on a goal by junior Marco Santos with no time remaining in the third quarter. UCLA sophomore Krsto Sbutega tied the game, 7-7, at 4:11 in the final quarter. Stanford freshman Drac Wigo scored on an assist from Janson Wigo at 3:19 to lead, 8-7, before Powell added the game-tying goal for UCLA.
UCLA senior goalkeeper Will Didinger tallied 10 saves. Stanford's Jimmie Sandman recorded 13 stops. Sunday's meeting marked UCLA's fourth victory against Stanford in as many meetings this season.
Stanford (17-9, 5-3) vs. UCLA (17-6, 6-2)
Stanford Goals: Michael Bury 2, William Hindle-Katel 2, Janson Wigo 2, Chris Jacobson, Drac Wigo
Stanford Saves: Jimmie Sandman 13