Oct. 14, 2006
Commerce, Calif. - The fourth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team used five second-quarter goals to help defeat fifth-ranked Stanford, 9-6, on the first day of the SoCal Tournament. Sophomore Krsto Sbutega led the charge for UCLA, tallying three goals to raise his team-leading season total to 17.
After having been swept by Stanford last season with three losses in as many meetings, UCLA (7-2, 1-0) has returned the favor in 2006. The Bruins knocked off the Cardinal, 7-6, in the third-place game of the NorCal Tournament on Sept. 17. UCLA also defeated Stanford, 10-8, in both schools' MPSF conference season-opener at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on Sept. 30.
Stanford (6-5, 1-1) and UCLA entered the second quarter tied, 3-3. The Bruins outscored the Cardinal, 5-2, in the second frame to give UCLA an 8-5 advantage at halftime. In the third quarter, Stanford blanked the Bruins, 1-0, and UCLA promptly returned the favor in the fourth-quarter, notching one goal. The Bruins have now outscored their opponents 24-8 in the fourth quarter through nine games.
UCLA will face Long Beach State at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday at the Commerce Aquatics Center.
UCLA (7-2) vs. Stanford (6-5)
Stanford Goals: Tyler Drake 2, Janson Wigo 2, Michael Bury, Andrew Drake