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UCSD (10-9) is coming of a 7-4 loss to No. 9 Loyola Marymount last Saturday at the Tritons' annual Homecoming event. Trailing 5-4 heading into the fourth quarter, UCSD could not come up with the tying score in the final stanza and LMU pulled away for the victory. Brian Donohoe would score two goals and add an assist for the Tritons, with John Butler and Josh Stiling also getting on the board for UCSD. David Morton logged nine stops in goal.
The Lions struck first in the match, as Edgaras Asajavicius scored twice in the opening quarter to make it 2-0 just four minutes in. Butler answered to cut it to 2-1 going into the second quarter; the teams traded goals until LMU's Brian Flacks gave the Lions a 4-2 advantage. Stiling would score from two meters as time expired in the half, making it 4-3 in favor of LMU going into the break.
Donohoe would tie the match two minutes into the second half with his final goal, but Asajavicius would put the Lions ahead for good with 4:24 left in the third period. Asajavicius led all scorers with three goals and LMU goalkeeper Andy Stevens tallied a match-high 13 saves, including a stop of William Brown's penalty shot with 3:58 left to play. LMU wins the season series between the two squads, 2-1.
The loss slid UCSD into fifth place in the Western Water Polo Association standings behind Claremont, LMU, No. 11 Santa Clara, and No. 13 UC Davis. SCU is the only Division II WWPA member to be ranked higher than UCSD, despite the Tritons' recent 10-7 win over the Broncos in Santa Clara on Oct. 16.
UCLA (12-3) has won four consecutive contests and eight of its last ten. The Bruins took down No. 5 UC Irvine, 11-8, on Oct. 23, improving to second place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) with a 3-1 conference record. Ben Hohl and Griffin White each scored three goals for the Bruins, while Cullen Hennessey added two more scores. Hohl leads the UCLA attack with 29 goals on the season.
The last time UCSD and UCLA faced one another was nearly two years ago, on Nov. 9, 2008. The Bruins outlasted the Tritons, 11-8. Morton recorded seven stops in that match and Graham Saber scored a lone goal.
Following the tilt with UCLA, UCSD will host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the No. 4 ranked team in Division III, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 6:00 p.m. in Canyonview Pool.