Cal MWP Falls to UCLA, 10-9, in SD OT
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/06/2012

Oct. 6, 2012

BERKELEY - UCLA's Josh Samuels converted on a five-meter penalty shot with 2:04 in the sudden death overtime period to give the Bruins a 10-9 victory over the Cal men's water polo team (9-6, 0-2) in a hard-fought Mountain Pacific Sports Federation battle Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears' Giacomo Cupido was called for the foul while guarding UCLA's two-meter man, which enabled the Bruins to score on the penalty shot and improve to 16-2 overall and 1-0 in the MPSF.

The loss to UCLA, in a match shown live on the Pac-12 Networks, was Cal's third overtime loss of the season and the ninth one-goal loss in the last two years. The Bears had forced the match into sudden death when senior captain Marin Balarin scored from inside two-meters off a Cupido assist with 1:02 left in the second, three-minute overtime period.

Cal had started off the match by outscoring UCLA, 4-0, in the opening period behind goals from redshirt freshman Thomas Agramonte, a pair of goals from sophomore Olympian Aleksa Saponjic and a goal from Balarin with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Bears continued to hold the advantage in the second period as the two teams shared goals - the Bruins' Paul Reynolds scored with 1:03 left in the first half and Cupido gave Cal a 5-1 advantage with a goal with 41 seconds left in the opening 16 minutes.

But UCLA was able to turn around the momentum by outscoring the Bears, 4-1, in the third period and, 2-1, in the fourth period to send the contest into overtime. However, despite being down 9-7 after the Bruins' Paul Reynolds scored with 49 seconds left in the first three-minute overtime period, Cal's Hunter Gettlefinger got the Bears within 9-8 with a goal with five seconds left in OT period one, and Balarin's goal at the end of the second three-minute overtime period forced the match into sudden death.

The Bears will return to Spieker Aquatics Complex in two weeks (Saturday, Oct. 20) in another televised match on the Pac-12 Networks (time TBA) against Bay Area rival Stanford in the Big Splash.

UCLA 0 1 4 2 2 0 1 - 10

Cal 4 1 1 1 1 1 0 - 9

UCLA Goals: Josh Samuels (4), Paul Reynolds (2), Lucas Reynolds (2), Aimone Barabino, Chris Wendt

UCLA Saves: Matt Rapacz 8

Cal Goals: Marin Balarin (3), Aleksa Saponjic (2), Giacomo Cupido, Thomas Agramonte, Collin Smith, Hunter Gettelfinger

Cal Saves: Jon Sibley 8