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Top 10 Roundup

No. 1 UCLA 17, No. 12 UC San Diego 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- No. 1 UCLA improved to 15-0 on the season with a 17-2 win at No. 12 UC San Diego (7-8) at Canyonview Aquatics Center. Senior utility Aimone Barabino had a career-high four goals for UCLA as 11 different Bruins scored.

The Bruins dominated the first period, 6-0. Junior Chris Fahlsing scored first on a power play (6:49), followed by a counter-attack strike from sophomore Danny McClintick (4:43). Barabino then scored his first from set (3:33) to put UCLA up 3-0. Freshman Jack Fellner scored on a counter attack (3:09) and Barabino found the back of the net from two meters for the second time to make it 5-0 with 2:35. Senior Paul Pickell ended the scoring with 1:45 left in the first with a nice drive and finish.

The Bruins raced out to an 11-0 lead by halftime. Senior Lucas Reynolds opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from two meters at the 7:43 mark. Freshman Lovre Milos scored from the frontcourt (6:55) to make it 8-0 and then Barabino completed his hat trick (4:27) with an exclusion goal. The Bruins ended the first half with back-to-back frontcourt goals from sophomore Anthony Daboub (3:26) and McClintick (1:06), his second goal of the game.

The Bruins didn't let up in the third, outscoring the Tritons 5-0 to build a 16-0 lead. Junior Daniel Lenhart opened the third period with a 6-on-5 goal (6:50) and then Reynolds added his second from set (6:06) to put the Bruins up 13-0. Redshirt junior Cristiano Mirarchi added a power play goal (5:09) and then Barabino nailed his fourth from two meters (3:35). Mirarchi capped the scoring in the third with another power play score (1:20) to make it 16-0.

Freshman Ryder Roberts scored the Bruins' only goal of the fourth quarter with a shot from the frontcourt to make it 17-0 with 5:13 remaining. Chase Cockerill helped UCSD avoid the shutout with a power play goal with 4:46 to go. Jeffrey Jarvis provided the final of 17-2 with a goal from the frontcourt at the 4:10 mark.

No. 7 Long Beach State 9, Chapman 8

Whittier, Calif. -- No. 7 Long Beach State began weekend action on Friday with a 9-8 win against No. 11 Concordia, winning the first of four matches the 49ers will play this weekend. Carter Taylor had three goals to lead the 49ers.

Long Beach State (11-3) was able to avenge one of their three losses with the victory, a one-goal loss back on September 14. The 49ers took a 3-2 lead after the opening period, and then stretched that lead to three goals with a strong second quarter. Conner Reilly, Nolan McConnell, and Carter Taylor all scored for the 49ers in the second.

Both teams scored a pair of goals in the third period, with the 49ers still holding a three-goal edge against Concordia (8-3) with the score 8-5. Long Beach State was able to hold off a late surge from the Eagles, holding on to win the game 9-8.

No. 7 Long Beach State 10, Whittier 6

Whittier, Calif. -- No. 7 Long Beach State defeated its hosts Saturday, topping Whittier 10-6 in the final game of the day at the site in the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament. Senior Devin Mefford scored four goals to lead Long Beach State in the win.

Long Beach State (12-3) extended its winning streak to four games as the 49ers never trailed against Whittier (8-10). Goaltender Pavo Ljepopio and the 49ers were able to shut out the Poets in the first quarter while Mefford scored twice to spot Long Beach State a 2-0 lead. The 49ers surrendered their first goal of the game to Nicolas Beavers with six minutes remaining in the half, but the 49ers scored two more goals to take a 4-1 lead before taking a 4-2 edge into the break.

Long Beach State exploded four five goals in the third period, as Mefford again found the net twice in the period, and Joey Fabian also scored two of his three goals while Conner Reilly added a goal as well. Leading 9-5 going into the final period, the 49ers and Poets each scored once in the fourth as Long Beach State cruised home for a 10-6 victory.

No. 8 Loyola Marymount 12, Pomona-Pitzer 7
No. 8 Loyola Marymount 18, Fresno Pacific 6

POMONA, Calif. -- Loyola Marymount earned a pair of wins in the opening day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Friday, defeating host Pomona-Pitzer 12-7 and then Fresno Pacific 18-6.

Sophomore Milutin Mitrovic, who entered the week leading the Western Water Polo Association in goals with 30, added eight to that total, including six in the 18-6 win against Fresno Pacific. Fellow sophomore Vuk Cvetkovic added five goals on the day and Liam Jennis had a career day with four goals against the Sunbirds. The Lions improve to 7-6 on the season with the two wins.

Lions broken open the first game of the day with a second half push. With the game tied at 5-5, to start the second half, The Lions scored three consecutive to close the third to build an 8-5 lead. Pomona-Pitzer would cut the lead to a pair, 8-6 to start the fourth.

The Lions would score four of the last five goals of the game for the final 12-7 margin.

In the final game of the day for LMU, the Lions jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first period as Mitrovic and Cvetkovic had five goals. They led 11-1 at the break and held a 14-1 with three minutes to go in the third quarter.