MALIBU, Calif. — Griffin White scored a game-high five goals to lead the No. 1 UCLA past No. 9 Pepperdine 9-6 in an MPSF contest at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on Saturday afternoon.
UCLA earned its ninth consecutive victory, compiling the program’s longest win streak since winning 18 games in a row during the 2004 season.
White tied his career-high with five goals, as UCLA (19-3, 5-1 MPSF) also received two goals from Paul Reynolds and one each from Bret Lathrope and Chris Wendt.
“We controlled the game early, and got a quality win on the road,” Bruins head coach Adam Wright said. “I was proud of how team stepped up, especially on defense. I’ve told our guys that winning close games will come down to how we play on defense, and they responded well today. With USC and UC Santa Barbara on the horizon, we’ve got a big week ahead of us.
The Bruins raced to a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter, and opened a 4-1 advantage at the end of the opening period. Lathrope scored the first goal of the match, scoring off a rebound with 6:16 to play in the opening frame. White netted the first of his five goals at 3:42 and Reynolds scored at the 1:42 mark.
Pepperdine’s Andrew Milcovich got the Waves (12-11, 2-6 MPSF) on the board with a goal at the 1:25 mark, before Reynolds tallied his second goal of the match with 44 seconds to play in the opening quarter.
Both teams traded two goals each in the second quarter, as UCLA claimed a 6-3 cushion at halftime.
Pepperdine reduced UCLA’s lead to 6-4 early in the third period, as the Waves’ Spencer Hamby scored at the 7:03 mark. The Bruins regained a three-goal advantage with 50 seconds to play in the quarter, as White registered the third of his five goals.
UCLA raced to a 9-4 lead in the final quarter on goals from Chris Wendt (6:28) and White (4:40). Pepperdine trimmed the Bruins’ cushion to 9-6 with two late goals.
Junior Matt Rapacz netted 10 saves in goal for UCLA. Pepperdine goalkeeper Bence Valics also recorded 10 stops in the cage.