No. 2 UCLA Men's Water Polo Advances to SoCal Tournament Semifinals

Oct. 2, 2010

SoCal Tournament Central

LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team pushed its record to 7-1 on Saturday, defeating Princeton, 13-2, in the morning before edging Pacific, 13-11, in the afternoon as the Bruins hosted the SoCal Tournament. UCLA will face UC Irvine in a semifinal match at noon on Sunday at Spieker Aquatics Center.

Freshman James Hartshorne limited Princeton to two goals through four quarters in his debut as the Bruins' goalkeeper on Saturday morning. He registered eight saves in his first collegiate appearance.

Junior Matt Preciado scored a season-high three goals against the Tigers, while UCLA received two goals each from senior Jacob Murphy, junior Brett Hays and freshman Cristiano Mirarchi.

UCLA led Princeton 1-0 after the first quarter and never looked back in the first-round match. The Bruins outscored the Tigers, 5-1, in the second frame to assume a 6-1 lead by halftime. UCLA blanked Princeton by a 3-0 margin in the third quarter and added four more goals in the final frame.

In its afternoon match against Pacific, UCLA never trailed. Sophomore Josh Samuels scored four goals to lead the Bruins, while classmate Griffin White logged three goals.

The Bruins claimed a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, before Pacific battled to tie the score, 2-2, with 7:21 to play in the second frame. Both teams continued trading goals midway through the second quarter, before UCLA pulled away with a 6-on-5 goal from junior Ben Hohl at the 3:09 mark to lead 5-4.

UCLA never trailed the rest of the contest, yet did not open a lead of three goals or more until White's goal with 3:44 remaining in the contest. Pacific kept the game to a one-goal margin in the third quarter, as Balaz Erdelyi led the Tigers with five goals in the second-round match.

Junior goalkeeper Andrew Mesesan netted four saves in the cage for UCLA. Pacific's Alex Malkis made three stops in goal.

The winner of Sunday's semifinal between UCLA and UC Irvine will face the winner of the USC vs. UC Santa Barbara contest in the championship game at 5:20 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center.

No. 16 Princeton at No. 2 UCLA

1 2 3 4 F
Princeton 0 1 0 1 2
UCLA 1 5 3 4 13

Princeton Goals: David Aynat, A.J. Galainena
Princeton Saves: Mike Merlone 5, Ben Dearborn 2

UCLA Goals: Matt Preciado 3, Brett Hays 2, Cristiano Mirarchi 2, Jacob Murphy 2, Clay Jorth, Kevin Kuga, Bret Lathrope, Griffin White
UCLA Saves: James Hartshorne 8

No. 7 Pacific at No. 2 UCLA

1 2 3 4 F
Pacific 1 4 2 4 11
UCLA 2 5 2 4 13

Pacific Goals: Balazs Erdelyi 5, Tom Koning 2, Goran Tomasevic, Joey Gullikson, Austin Delong, Daniel Lungu
Pacific Saves: Alex Malkis 3

UCLA Goals: Josh Samuels 4, Griffin White 3, Cristiano Mirarchi 2, Ben Hohl 2, Cullen Hennessy, Jacob Murphy
UCLA Saves: Andrew Mesesan 4


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