No. 5 UCSB Unsuccessful in Upset Bid at No. 2 UCLA

Ryan Brosnan (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Ryan Brosnan (Photo by Jeff Liang)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A quartet of players each scored a pair of goals in the No. 5-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team's match at No. 2 UCLA, but the Gauchos ultimately fell 15-11 at Spieker Aquatics Center on Friday night.

UCLA began the matchup by immediately taking the lead, firing home the first two goals of the match.

Attacker Cole Brosnan got the Gauchos (15-4) on the board with 5:49 left in the opening period, but the Bruins would hang two more on UCSB before attacker Leo Yuno would put away a chance late in the second quarter to give Santa Barbara its second goal, as the first quarter ended with a 4-2 UCLA advantage.

The second quarter was all UCLA, as the hosts scored all four goals of the period to extend their lead to 8-2.

After the halftime break, the Gauchos kickstarted their comeback bid with a pair of goals from attacker Jacob Halle, but the Bruins rattled off three-straight to go up 11-4, as UCSB faced its largest deficit of the season.

In the final minute of the third quarter, driver Nathan Puentes and utility Ivan Gvozdanovic found the back of the net for Santa Barbara to cut the lead to 11-6.

UCLA would begin the fourth quarter with a goal, scored via penalty shot by Ashworth Molthen.

The Gauchos still had plenty of fight left, as attacker Mason Chambliss and driver Ryan Brosnan helped reduce the deficit to four goals as the Bruins led 12-8.

However, UCLA again would score twice in a row and would keep the Gauchos at bay for the second time this season, winning 15-11.

Each of the Brosnan brothers, Halle, and Puentes had two goals each in the loss.

Santa Barbara opens Golden Coast Conference play at Campus Pool on Sunday, Oct. 20 with a matchup against Pacific. The Gauchos and Tigers played out an entertaining third-place match at the MPSF SoCal Invitational two weeks ago, but then-No. 4 Pacific won the encounter 11-10. The action begins at noon, and live stats will be available on the men's water polo schedule page.

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