Third Quarter the Difference in Tight One
Men's water polo falls to No. 2 UCLA in another tight one at Burns Center.
Sept. 24, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 11th-ranked LMU men's water polo team found themselves in yet another tight one with a ranked opponent, this time it was second-ranked UCLA at the Burns Center Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins (7-1) broke open a tight one by outscoring the Lions 5-1 in the third quarter to claim an 11-7 victory over the Lions (5-3) in non-conference action.
"Their counter attack really hurt us," said Head Coach John Loughran. "We played even with them, but we couldn't stop their counter. It was the difference."
Senior Edgaras Asajavicius led the Lions with three goals while UCLA's Paul Reynolds led all scorers with four.
Sophomore Jon Colton got the scoring started with a 6-on-5 goal with 6:14 to play. After a pair of UCLA goals, the Lions would score three unanswered, including Joe Ferretti's with 2:49 left in the first half to give LMU a 4-2 lead.
UCLA would then take over, outscoring the Lions 9-1 from the end of the second quarter through the fourth quarter. Six of the nine goals came on the counter, and it was capped by Josh Samuels' second goal with 6:17 to play in the game that gave the Bruins an 11-5 lead.
Asajavicius and Albert Samuels would score down the stretch for the final margin.