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No. 2 UCLA Defeats No. 5 California, 6-4, on Pac-12 Networks

Nov 1, 2013

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LOS ANGELES -- The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team posted a hard-fought 6-4 win over No. 5 California on Friday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 22-2 overall and 3-1 in the MPSF while the Golden Bears dropped to 13-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.

The Bruins led 2-0 and 3-1 before California tied it at 4-4 in the fourth quarter. But UCLA scored the final two goals in the waning minutes.

Junior Cristiano Mirarchi led the Bruins with a hat trick while Farrel South led the Golden Bears with two goals.

The Bruins struck first with a goal by Mirarchi with 2:29 left in the first period. That was the only score of the opening quarter.

UCLA built a 2-0 lead when freshman Ryder Roberts scored a power play goal (5:53). Aleksa Saponjic got the Golden Bears on the scoreboard with a 6-on-5 goal with 3:56 to go in the second period. Sophomore Anthony Daboub put the Bruins up 3-1 with an exclusion goal (2:44). UCLA extended the lead to 4-1 with a penalty score from Mirarchi (:22). Farrel South trimmed the Bruins' lead to 4-2 just before halftime (0:03) with a penalty goal.

California pitched a shutout in the third quarter but managed only one goal on a power play by Blake Kelly (1:23) as the Bruins led 4-3 heading into the fourth.

The Golden Bears scored on their first possession of the fourth period when South tied the game at 4-4 with a goal from the front court (7:24). Senior Chris Wendt scored the eventual game-winner from the front court to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead (4:02). Mirarchi provided an insurance goal on a 6-on-5 opportunity (1:53) to provide the final of 6-4.

Redshirt freshman Garrett Danner made the start in the cage for UCLA, playing all four quarters and was credited with 10 saves. He also picked up a save on a penalty shot with three seconds left in the game. Jon Sibley was credited with seven stops in the cage for California.

No. 5 California at No. 2 UCLA

  1 2 3 4 F
No. 5 California 0 2 1 1 4
No. 2 UCLA 1 3 0 2 6

California Goals: Farrel South 2, Blake Kelly, Aleksa Saponjic
California Saves: Jon Sibley 7

UCLA Goals: Cristiano Mirarchi 3, Ryder Roberts, Chris Wendt, Anthony Daboub
UCLA Saves: Garrett Danner 10