Mens Water Polo

UCLA 9, Stanford 5

Date of competition: Friday, November 9, 2012

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Third-ranked Stanford men’s water polo had its six-game winning streak snapped Friday night, dropping a 9-5 decision to No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles.

Nick Hoversten led the Cardinal with two goals as Stanford fell to 14-5 overall and 4-3 in MPSF play. Bret Bonanni, Alex Bowen and BJ Churnside each added a goal. On defense, goalie Scott Platshon made four saves.

UCLA’s Lucas Reynolds opened the scoring at the 5:52 mark of the first period before Churnside equalized just 15 seconds later. Stanford would go up 2-1 at the 4:31 mark as Bonanni scored on the 6-on-5.

Stanford’s lead would be short-lived, however. Josh Samuels would score on UCLA’s own power play just 25 seconds later, a goal that would open a run of three straight goals for the Bruins, all coming with the man-advantage, through the 1:27 mark of the second frame.

Bowen’s 6-on-5 goal would pull the Cardinal to within a goal just before halftime, giving the Cardinal some momentum into the break. Yet it would be short-lived, as goals from UCLA’s Daniel Lenhart and Samuels extended the Bruin lead to three at 6-3 within the first 1:39 of the second half.

At this point the Cardinal fought its way back into range as Hoversten netted his goals at the 3:56 and 1:09 marks, but that would be it for the Cardinal, as UCLA scored the game’s final three goals, getting the clincher on the man-advantage with 2:56 remaining.

The Cardinal returns home to close the regular season with Senior Day next Friday against Pacific. Opening sprint is set for 5 p.m.

posted by Rick on Nov 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm

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