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UC San Diego loses to UCLA in NCAA men's water polo championship

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - UC San Diego's quest to reach the championship game of the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championship for the second time ended with a 15-6 loss to top-seeded UCLA today in a semifinal game.

The fourth-seeded Tritons (16-10) never led. Playing before a capacity crowd of 1,496 at the Canyonview Aquatic Center at UCSD, the Bruins (28-3) won the opening sprint, with Paul Reynolds scoring 20 seconds into the game.

UCSD tied the score 22 seconds later on Joe Dietrich's goal. UCLA's Cristiano Mirarchi scored the final goal of the quarter on a power-play with 4:04 left.

Ryder Roberts scored twice in the final 34 seconds of the first half to give the Bruins an 8-3 halftime lead. Anthony Daboub, Mirarchi, Chancellor Ramirez and Gordon Marshall also scored for UCLA while Josh Stiling and Tiki Toplak scored for the Tritons.

Marshall, Mirarchi, Matt Farmer and Daniel Lenhart scored in the third quarter for the Bruins, increasing their lead to 12-4. David Higginson scored UCSD's lone third-quarter goal.

Lenhart, Reynolds, and Jack Fellner scored in the fourth quarter for UCLA, while Dietrich and Matt Michalko scored for the Tritons.

UCLA goalkeeper Garrett Danner made 13 saves and Stephen White one. 

UCSD goalkeeper Cameron Ravanbach made eight saves.

"There were definitely some precision shots coming at me and they put them away," Ravanbach said.

 "I thought we executed our game plan well, but they were shooting a lot better than we were."

UCSD is 2-58 against UCLA, including an 0-3 record this season. 

The Tritons have lost their last 11 games against the Bruins, last winning in 2006.

UCSD has advanced to the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championship 13 times, reaching the championship game in 2000, losing to UCLA, 11-2.

The Tritons will face Stanford in Sunday's third-place game. The second-seeded Cardinal lost to six-time defending NCAA champion USC, 12-11, in today's other semifinal.

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