No. 2 UCLA Downs No. 6 Pepperdine, 12-7
Oct. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team defeated No. 6 Pepperdine 12-7 on Thursday night at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 20-2 overall and 3-0 in MPSF play while the Waves dropped to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in league action.
Pepperdine quickly tied the score at 2-2 in the second period after back-to-back scores by Stephen Loomis (power play goal at 6:31 and a goal at 5:48). Samuels converted a penalty shot at 4:29 to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. But Pepperdine's Nick Cooper tied it again at 3-3 with 2:11 remaining in the first half. Barabino scored his second of the game, a power play goal at the 1:41 mark, to make it 4-3 UCLA. Samuels then scored his second of the day with 46 seconds left to give the Bruins a 5-3 halftime advantage.
UCLA would dominate the third period, extending its lead to 8-3 with five consecutive goals (dating back to the second period). Daniel Lenhart scored back-to-back goals for the Bruins (7:36 and 6:25). Samuels then converted his second penalty shot of the game to complete a hat trick with 4:29 left in the third period. Ray McIntyre scored his first of two goals of the game to end the scoring in the third period at the 3:18 mark with UCLA heading into the final period with an 8-4 lead.
The Bruins jumped on the Waves in the fourth, enjoying their largest lead of the game at 11-4 after full strength goals by Paul Reynolds (7:31), Wendt (5:38) and Chris Fahlsing (4:19). James Perry scored his first goal of the game to make it 11-5 with 2:35 remaining. David Culpan scored the final goal for UCLA with 1:44 to go, converting a penalty shot to put the Bruins up 12-5. Pepperdine scored the final two goals of the game in the final minute of the contest to end the scoring at 12-7.
The Bruins converted all three penalty shots (two by Samuels and one by Culpan) in the game. But neither team was particularly effective on power plays. UCLA went 1-for-7 on power plays while Pepperdine finished 2-for-9 on its extra man opportunities.
Rapacz played the first three periods and most of the fourth, picking up 12 saves. Stephen White came in relief of Rapacz and played the final 2:34 in goal for the Bruins, making one stop in the cage. Pepperdine goalie Bence Valics was credited with 13 saves for the Waves.
The Bruins return to action on Nov. 3 when they host a double-header with Long Beach State at Noon and Concordia at 2:00 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center.
Pepperdine Goals: Stephen Loomis 2, James Perry 2, Ray McIntyre 2, Nick Cooper
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