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No. 2 UCLA Rallies to Defeat No. 12 Pepperdine on the Road, 10-8

Oct 2, 2022
Bernardo Maurizi had a season-high 13 saves and three steals in the road win at Pepperdine.

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MALIBU, Calif. -- No. 2 UCLA (15-1) used a strong defensive second half to defeat No. 12 Pepperdine (10-9) on the road, 10-8, on Sunday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. UCLA improved to 84-31-1 in the series history against the Waves.

The Bruins had six players score in the game, led by redshirt sophomore Gianpiero Di Martire's hat trick. Di Martire also added three assists to lead all scorers in the game with six points. Super senior Jake Cavano and senior Tommy Gruwell each added two scores for the Bruins. Gruwell's power play goal at the 2:52 mark of the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner with redshirt junior Jack Larsen adding an insurance goal late in the fourth (1:45).

Senior Bernardo Maurizi got the start in the cage and went the distance, registering a season-high 13 saves and three steals while allowing eight goals.

Adam Csapo led Pepperdine with a hat trick while Zach Cwiertnia had seven saves while surrendering 10 goals to UCLA.

> Pepperdine outscored UCLA 3-2 in the first period.
> Cavano opened the scoring with a cross-cage shot (5:47) to put the Bruins up 1-0.
> But the Waves responded with three straight goals (5:24, 3:47, and 3:05) to build a 3-1 advantage.
> Senior Andy Rodgers beat the shot clock buzzer (2:28) to trim the deficit to 3-2, ending the scoring in the first.

> Pepperdine outscored the Bruins, 2-1 in the second period to build a 5-3 lead at the break.
> The Waves opened the scoring in the second (7:08), but Di Martire scored on a power play (2:47) to trim the Waves' lead to 4-3.
> The Waves scored from two meters (2:36) to end the scoring in the first half.
> UCLA outscored Pepperdine in the third period, 4-3, to close the gap to 8-7 Waves, heading into the fourth.
> Gruwell opened the scoring in the third with a power play goal (5:35) to pull the Bruins to within one at 5-4.
> Sophomore Chase Dodd then tied the game at 5-5 with a power play goal (4:24).
> Pepperdine regained the lead (4:00), but Di Martire scored his second on a power play (3:16) to tie it at 6-6.
> The Waves took an 8-6 lead with back-to-back goals (1:06 and 0:11) but the Bruins' stole the momentum with another buzzer beater, this time from Cavano, who took a feed from freshman Noah Rowe on a 7-on-6 to score at the buzzer.

> UCLA outscored the Waves 3-0 in the fourth quarter to provide the 10-8 final.
> Di Martire opened the scoring in the fourth with a power play goal, completing a hat trick in the process (5:09) to tie it at 8-8.
> Gruwell then put the Bruins back in front for the first time since UCLA led 1-0 to start the game with a power play score (2:52), his second of the game. It proved to be the game-winning goal.
> Redshirt junior Jack Larsen put the nail in the coffin with a strike from the front court (1:45) to put UCLA up 10-8, ending the scoring.

The Bruins return home to host UC San Diego in their lone game of the week on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1:00 p.m. PT at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center.

No. 2 UCLA at No. 12 Pepperdine (Non-Conference Game)

No. 2 UCLA 2 1 4 3 10
No. 12 Pepperdine 3 2 3 0 8

6x5 - UCLA - 6/11 - PEP - 2/10
Penalties - UCLA - 0/0 - PEP - 1/1

UCLA Goals: Gianpiero Di Martire 3, Jake Cavano 2, Tommy Gruwell 2, Andy Rodgers 1, Chase Dodd 1, Jack Larsen 1
UCLA Saves: Bernardo Maurizi 13

PEP Goals: Adam Csapo 3, Nico Tierney 1, Sandor Gal 1, Kaden Kaneko 1, Austin Smit 1, Dennis Blyashov 1
PEP Saves: Zach Cwiertnia 7