Nov. 8, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
In its final game of the regular season, the 19th-ranked Air Force water polo team dropped a 12-6 decision to No. 3 UCLA Monday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 10-17 overall on the season.
The Bruins rolled to a 5-0 lead at the end of the opening period and led 8-0 before the Falcons’ first goal of the game, a score by sophomore Garrett Womack (Redlands, Calif.) with 25 seconds left in the first half.
Air Force was able to outscore UCLA in the third period, beginning with a 6-on-5 goal from Kurt Wallin (Sr., Temecula, Calif.) at the 5:31 mark. After another UCLA score, sophomore Dillon Fisher (Orange, Calif.) added a man-up goal of his own as the Bruins entered the final stanza with a 9-3 advantage.
In the final period, the teams traded goals as UCLA remained on top for the 12-6 victory. Senior Bobby Geiger (Buellton, Calif.), Air Force’s leading scorer on the year, tallied a pair of fourth-quarter goals, while Taque Patino (Jr., Rockford, Mich.) added the other score for the Falcons.
In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Mike Fish (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) registered 10 saves and four steals against the Bruins.
With the regular season completed, the Falcons will now prepare for the Western Water Polo Association Championship, which will be held Nov. 19-21, in Santa Clara, Calif.
No. 3 UCLA 12, No. 19 Air Force 6
Air Force 0 1 2 3 6
UCLA 5 3 1 3 12
AF Scoring: Geiger 2, Womack, Wallin, Fisher, Patino
UCLA Scoring: Mirarchi 2, Murphy 2, Barabino, Hays, Lathrope, Kuga, McFadden, Pickell, Snyder, White