LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Tenth-ranked UC San Diego found itself down 6-1 in the middle of the second quarter before storming back to beat the 14th-ranked Santa Clara Broncos 10-9 on Friday night at Canyonview.
UCSD improves its record to 12-10 overall and 4-0 in Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) play with the win, while Santa Clara drops to 13-11 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Joe Dietrich, Tician Toplak and Luca De Vivo each tallied two goals in the win to lead the Tritons, while Cameron Ravanbach blocked 15 shots in the cage.
To complement the six combined goals from Dietrich, Toplak and De Vivo, the Tritons’ received scores from Chase Cockerill, Andy Moore, Lorch and Higginson in the win.
Santa Clara was led by three goals from Patrick Weiss and 11 saves from Matt Pritchett, respectively.
UCSD closed the match on a 9-3 run to stay perfect in conference play with one WWPA game remaining. If the Tritons defeat No. 17 UC Davis tomorrow at Canyonview at 1 p.m., UCSD will receive the top seed at the conference tournament on Nov. 22-24.
No. 2 UCLA 15, No. 11 Concordia (Calif.) 11
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA defeated No. 11 Concordia 15-11 in the nightcap of a double-header on Friday. The Bruins improved to 23-2 overall while the Eagles dropped to 17-9.
Freshman Ryder Roberts scored a career-high four goals in the win as UCLA freshmen scored 11-of-15 goals for the Bruins. Stefano Ragosa and Jacob Belamaric each had a hat trick for Concordia.
Redshirt freshman Garrett Danner made the start in the cage for UCLA, playing just the first quarter, and was credited with five saves. Redshirt junior James Hartshorne played the second and third periods for the Bruins and made five saves while junior Stephen White played the fourth quarter in goal and registered three saves. Jaime Saunders was credited with four stops in the cage for Concordia.
No. 2 UCLA 6, No. 5 California 4
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA posted a hard-fought 6-4 win against No. 5 California on Friday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 22-2 overall and 3-1 in the MPSF while the Golden Bears dropped to 13-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.
The Bruins led 2-0 and 3-1 before California tied it at 4-4 in the fourth quarter. But UCLA scored the final two goals in the waning minutes.
Junior Cristiano Mirarchi led the Bruins with a hat trick while Farrel South led the Golden Bears with two goals.