No. 2 UCLA Men's Water Polo Edged by No. 3 USC, 9-8, at UCI Invitational

Oct. 11, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Scott Davidson scored three goals and junior Emilio Vieira added two goals to lead the No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team in a 9-8 loss to No. 3 USC in a semifinal match of the UC Irvine Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

USC's Shea Buckner converted a penalty shot with 1:49 to play in the final quarter, lifting the Trojans (15-1) past the Bruins (12-3) in the semifinal contest. Justin Rappel led the Trojans with three goals, and Buckner finished the match with one pair of goals.

Davidson tied the contest, 8-8, converting on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 3:15 to play in the contest.

Sunday's semifinal was a rematch of the NorCal Tournament semifinal from Sunday, Sept. 20, when the Bruins earned a 5-4 victory over USC. With Sunday's loss at the UCI Invitational, UCLA dropped to 1-1 on the season against its crosstown rival.

USC led 4-2 after the first quarter, before UCLA outscored the Trojans in the second period, 3-1, to tie the contest at 5-5 by halftime. USC claimed a one goal lead through three quarters (7-6), and both teams each added two goals in the final period.

UCLA also received one goal from senior Scott Swanson, sophomore Cullen Hennessy and freshman Griffin White. Senior goalkeeper Chay Lapin collected seven saves for the Bruins.

USC's Joel Dennerley recorded five stops in the cage.

The Bruins will face No. 1 Stanford in the third-place match Sunday at UC Irvine's Anteater Pool. Game time is 4 p.m. Stanford dropped a 10-8 decision to No. 4 California in the tournament's other semifinal match.

No. 3 USC vs. No. 2 UCLA (UCI Invitational - Semifinal)

1 2 3 4 F
USC 4 1 2 2 9
UCLA 2 3 1 2 8

USC Goals: Justin Rappel 3, Shea Buckner 2, Anthony Artukovich, Matthew Burton, Peter Kurzeka, Kyle Sterling
USC Saves: Joel Dennerley 5

UCLA Goals: Scott Davidson 3, Emilio Vieira 2, Cullen Hennessy, Scott Swanson, Griffin White
UCLA Saves: Chay Lapin 7


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