No. 2 UCLA Defeats Chapman, 15-5
Sept. 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
The second-ranked UCLA men's water polo team defeated Chapman, 15-5, on Sunday morning at Spieker Aquatics Center in the 12th game of the two-day UCLA Invitational. UCLA (3-0) received a game-high four goals from freshman Danny McClintick.
The Bruins trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period. Chapman took a 2-0 lead when Brett Carter and Willis Allen scored to get the Panthers off to a good start. But the Bruins scored two unanswered goals to tie it at 2-2. McClintick scored at 2:06 to UCLA on the board and then sophomore Chris Fahlsing scored on a power play to tie it at 2-2 with 1:25 left in the first. Mark Alvarado gave Chapman a 3-2 edge at the end of the first period, scoring as the shot clock expired with 19 seconds left in the period.
UCLA tied it at 3-3 with a goal from senior Josh Samuels on a 6-on-5 opportunity at 6:01 left in the second period. Samuels missed the first two matches of the year due to an injury. Sophomore Daniel Lenhart scored a power play goal to give UCLA its first lead of the day at 4-3 with 4:42 to go. But Carter scored his second of the game on a power play for the Panthers to tie it at 4-4 (3:24). UCLA's McClintick scored the final two goals of the period to give the Bruins a 6-4 lead at the break.
The Bruins' defense then went to work as the Panthers posted a bagel on the scoreboard in the third period. UCLA built the lead to 10-4 at the end of the third quarter, scoring six straight goals (extending back to the first period). Sophomore David Culpan scored the first of his three goals (6:38), followed by another from McClintick at 4:48. Then Samuels scored back-to-back Bruin goals, his second and third of the match, to end the third period scoring.
UCLA then stretched its consecutive goals to 10 while increasing its lead to 14-4 after back-to-back goals from Culpan in the fourth period.
In the match, the Bruins made their only penalty shot and converted on 6-of-10 power play opportunities. Chapman scored on 3-of-7 extra man opportunities and won the final two sprints. Sophomore goalkeeper Stephen White registered six stops in the cage for UCLA. Chapman goalie Taylor Roszkos made 12 saves for the Panthers.
Chapman Goals: Brett Carter 2, Jack Cutler, Mark Alvarado, Willis Allen
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