SAN JOSE, Calif. – The No. 8 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team took the lead late in the first quarter at No. 10-T San Jose State and never relinquished it, winning its second straight game, 10-9.
The Gauchos improved to a 3-2 record with the win, while the Spartans took their first loss to move to 1-1.
"It was a good game with a balanced attacking effort," assistant coach Stephen Loomis said. "We played good defense and weathered a tough five-goal push from the Spartans in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win."
Goalscorers: Nangle (2), Gyenis (2), Zamanian (2), McFarland, Brosnan, Hawkins, Gregory
HOW IT HAPPENED
SJSU's Niels Hofmeijer scored the first goal of the game at the 5:33 mark of the first quarter, but the Spartans wouldn't hold a lead for more than two minutes. Redshirt freshman attacker Brock Zamanian tied it with 3:44 to go in the first. Sophomore center Dash McFarland put the Gauchos up 2-1 in the final minute of the period and the Gauchos never looked back.
Entering the final frame down 8-4, the Spartans would try to inch their way back into the game, but both Zamanian and Gyenis would score their second of the day in the fourth to keep the home side at bay.
San Jose's Mark Kis brought the Spartans within a goal, 10-9, with 1:54 remaining in the game. However, SJSU couldn't convert on a potential game-tying power play in the final minute, and the Gauchos held on for the win.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Gauchos travel to face Stanford at 12:00 p.m.