No. 4 UCLA Defeats No. 10 UCSB, 9-7
Nov. 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 10 UC Santa Barbara suffered its second consecutive 9-7 loss of the weekend, this time at No. 4 UCLA on Sunday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
With the loss, UCSB falls to 12-13 on the season and 1-6 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. The Bruins improved to 19-6 and 5-3 in league play, clinching the No. 4 seed into the conference tournament.
The contest was a one-goal affair for much of the first half. The Bruins raced to a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes, but the Gauchos answered with back-to-back goals of their own to knot the game with 2:53 remaining in the quarter. Each team posted a goal apiece in the final two minutes of the first to head into the quarter break tied at three-all.
UCSB claimed its first and only lead of the game with a goal from Zsombor Vincze two minutes into the second quarter. The Bruins posted a pair of six-on-five goals to gain a 5-4 advantage, but Vincze once again tied things up with 2:45 to go in the first half. Unfortunately, UCLA's Bret Lathrope was able to give the Bruins a 6-5 lead just during the next possession.
UCLA held the lead the rest of the way, outscoring the Gauchos 3-2 in the final two quarters to capture the 9-7 win.
The Gauchos will conclude the 2009 regular season next Saturday at Pepperdine in a noon MPSF contest.
UCLA 9, UCSB 7
UCLA Goals: Scott Davidson 2, Ben Hohl 2, Griffin White 2, Cullen Hennessy, Bret Lathrope, Josh Samuels
UCLA Saves: Chay Lapin 7