STOCKTON, Calif. -- The third-seeded UCLA men's water polo team advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 MPSF Tournament with an 11-8 win over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon at Pacific's Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex. The Bruins improved to 28-2 overall while the Gauchos dropped to 16-10. UCLA will face No. 2 Stanford in the second semifinal tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
UCLA jumped out to a 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals at set from Barabino (5:43 and 3:51). After Van de Mortel's power play goal made it 2-1, freshman Gordon Marshall pushed the lead to 3-1 (2:54) with another goal from two meters for the Bruins. Van de Mortel trimmed the lead to 3-2 (2:31), but the Bruins ended the first quarter with two more goals. Junior Daniel Lenhart scored an exclusion goal (1:52) and McClintick added a score from the front court (:23) to give UCLA a 5-2 lead at the end of one.
The Gauchos stormed back in the second period, winning it 4-2. UCSB scored three straight to tie the game at 5-5. Ramirez scored from the front court to give the Bruins a 6-5 lead at the 2:55 mark of the second quarter. Derek Shoemaker tied it at 6-6 with a power play goal (1:48), but Ramirez answered with his second straight from the front court (1:24) to give the Bruins a 7-6 lead at the break.
Van de Mortel tied it at 7-7 to open the third period with his fourth goal of the game (7:14). But the Bruins reeled off three unanswered goals to take a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Redshirt junior Cristiano Mirarchi put the Bruins ahead 8-7 with a goal from the front court (6:47), followed by a power play goal from freshman Ryder Roberts (5:39). Senior Chris Wendt scored from distance to put UCLA up 10-7 (1:45) to end the scoring in the third..
McClintick scored the Bruins' fourth straight goal on a power play (4:53) to push the lead to 11-7. Bryce Miller provided the final score of 11-8 with a front court goal with :57 remaining.
Redshirt freshman Garrett Danner made the start in the cage for UCLA and played the entire contest, registering a career-high 15 saves. Chris Whitelegge was credited with seven stops in the cage for UCSB.
No. 6 UCSB vs. No. 3 UCLA
|No. 6 UCSB||2||4||1||1||8|
|No. 3 UCLA||5||2||3||1||11|
UCSB Goals: Eric Van de Mortel 4, Matt Gronow, Bryce Miller, Derek Shoemaker, Kevin Cappon
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge 7