Oct. 20, 2007
PASADENA, CALIF. - Senior All-American Michael Sharf scored the match-winning goal with 21 seconds left and finished with a team-high three goals as the No. 3-ranked California men's water polo team defeated No. 4 UCLA, 8-7, Saturday morning at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena.
In a back-and-forth contest that featured four ties, the visiting Golden Bears (17-2, 2-0 MPSF) were able to defeat the Bruins at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center for the first time since Oct. 25, 1997 when Cal won 9-8 in overtime.
UCLA took the game's first lead, as Marco Santos registered his first goal from two-meters just 33 seconds into the contest. Cal answered with 5:59 to play in the first quarter before Santos gave the Bruins a 2-1 advantage at 4:18 in the first frame. The Bears received goals from seniors Jeff Tyrrell and Vladislav Andreyev to take a 3-2 lead after the first quarter.
Bruin freshman Ben Hohl tied the contest, 3-3, with the lone goal of the second quarter at 2:39.
Cal took a 5-3 lead midway through the third frame on goals by sophomore Spencer Warden and freshman Zachary White. UCLA's Scott Davidson capitalized on a penalty shot, cutting the Bears' lead in half, 5-4, with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Trailing 6-4 after a goal by Tyrrell, UCLA scored three times to gain a 7-6 lead. Senior Justin Johnson netted the go-ahead goal with 4:10 remaining in the contest, scoring from two-meters. Sharf tied the contest, 7-7, for California at 3:50 in the final period before recording the match-winner with 21 seconds to play.
UCLA goalkeeper Chay Lapin tallied nine saves in the cage. Cal's Mark Sheredy recorded 10 stops.
The Bears next compete at No. 5-ranked Pepperdine on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. in Malibu.
CALIFORNIA 8, UCLA 7
No. 3 Cal 3 0 2 3 8 No. 4 UCLA 2 1 1 3 7
UCLA Goals: Scott Davidson 2, Marco Santos 2, Ben Hohl, Justin Johnson, Kevin Kuga UCLA Saves: Chay Lapin 9