UCLA Handles Pacific, 17-1, in MPSF Tournament First-Round Action

Nov. 24, 2006

Irvine, Calif. - Seniors Logan Powell and Grant Zider, sophomore Krsto Sbutega and freshman Tyler Jemmett each scored three goals to lead the third-seeded UCLA men's water polo team past No. 6 seed Pacific, 17-1, at UC Irvine's Anteater Pool Friday afternoon.

The victory advances UCLA (16-5, 6-2 MPSF) into a semifinal contest at 2:30 Saturday afternoon against second-seeded California (26-4, 6-2 MPSF). The Golden Bears downed No. 7 seed Long Beach State, 16-6, earlier in the day.

In Friday's first-round match, the Bruins held the Tigers (15-16, 2-6 MPSF) scoreless for the first 25:30, the longest such streak by UCLA this season. Before Pacific tallied its first goal, the Bruins led 14-0. UCLA finished the afternoon having surrendered just one goal - the last time the Bruins accomplished such a feat was in the 2004 MPSF Tournament (Nov. 26), in a 6-1, first-round victory against UC Santa Barbara.

UCLA got on the board first on a goal by senior Logan Powell with 5:39 to play in the first quarter. The Bruins extended their advantage to three on goals by sophomore Krsto Sbutega (3:47) and senior Grant Zider (3:05) and led 3-0 entering the second period.

The Bruins added five consecutive goals in the second quarter. Sbutega (7:20) added his second and third (5:14), senior Michael March (6:14) tallied UCLA's fifth, Zider (4:25) recorded his second and Powell notched his second with 2:40 to play before halftime. The Bruins led 8-0 at the break and 13-0 after three quarters.

Freshman Tyler Jemmett capped the afternoon with UCLA's final three goals, extending the Bruins' margin to 17-1. Freshmen Scott Davidson and Kevin Kuga, senior Tyler Krikorian and junior Marco Santos also tallied one goal for UCLA. Pacific junior Duje Kaurloto notched Pacific's lone goal at 6:30 in the fourth quarter.

Freshman goalkeeper Chay Lapin tallied four saves for the Bruins and shutout the Tigers through the first three quarters. Senior Will Didinger took over for UCLA in the final quarter and recorded two saves. Junior goalkeeper Brian Domecus totaled eight saves in three quarters for Pacific, while sophomore David Andrus totaled two in the final frame.

Pacific (15-16, 2-6) vs. UCLA (16-5, 6-2)

1 2 3 4 F
Pacific 0 0 0 1 1
UCLA 3 5 5 4 17

Pacific Goals: Duje Kaurloto
Pacific Saves: Brian Domecus 8, David Andrus 2

UCLA Goals: Tyler Jemmett 3, Logan Powell 3, Krsto Sbutega 3, Grant Zider 3, Scott Davidson, Tyler Krikorian, Kevin Kuga, Michael March, Marco Santos
UCLA Saves: Chay Lapin 4, Will Didinger 2


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