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UCLA Men’s Water Polo Chases NCAA Record Today at UC Davis

The Bruins' 9-5 victory over Pacific yesterday broke the UCLA mark for consecutive wins and, at the same time, tied the all-time mark set by Stanford teams in the mid-1980s.

UCLA's Garrett Danner
UCLA's Garrett Danner

On record broken. One record to go.

The top ranked UCLA Men’s Water Polo team (18-0) broke the UCLA record for consecutive wins yesterday afternoon with a solid 9-5 victory on the road against a tough #4 Pacific team (12-4). The current winning streak is at 51, snapping the UCLA record of 50 consecutive wins, set in the 1960s. 51 consecutive wins also ties the all-time record, a record that the Bruins will try to break today.

Recap of Yesterday’s Match

The Bruins had their work cut out for them yesterday against UoP in Stockton. Outside of the first few minutes, however, when the Tigers went up 1-0, UCLA was in control of the entire match, scoring five unanswered goals after Pacific notched the opener.

The Bruins led 3-1 after one quarter, 5-2 at the half, and 8-3 after three quarters. UCLA was ahead 9-3 with about five minutes left, allowing UoP to get two goals in garbage time.

UCLA was led by Max Irving, who had a hat trick and an assist. Ryder Roberts and Alex Roelse both had two goals apiece. Garrett Danner was stout in goal, saving nine shots before being subbed out late in the fourth quarter.

UCLA Seeks All-Time Record Today

Today, the Bruins will try to break the all-time record of 51 consecutive wins, owned by the Stanford Cardinal teams of 1985 to 1987 and, now, this UCLA team. To do so, the Bruins will need to get past #11 UC Davis on the road. Here are the details for the game:

Opponent: UC Davis Aggies

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. PT

Where: Schaal Aquatics Center, Davis, California

How to Follow: @UCLAWaterPolo; No TV; No Live Stream; No Live Audio; No Live Stats (it is an indictment of the UCLA Athletics Department that there is no way to follow this historic match except through Twitter)

UC Davis (12-3) is ranked #11 in the nation. The Aggies are on a five game winning streak, including wins over #13 Princeton, #19 Pomona Pitzer, and #15 Cal Baptist.

UC Davis’ losses have come against #3 UC Berkeley, #7 Long Beach State, and #14 Harvard. The Bruins have beaten two of those teams, the Golden Bears and the 49ers, with both wins coming on the road.

Although UC Davis is solid, the UCLA Men's Water Polo team is on a completely different level. It would take a huge upset by UC Davis for the Aggies to deny the UCLA the NCAA record. All signs point to a UCLA win. Opening sprint is at 12 noon PT.

This is your UCLA Men's Water Polo versus UC Davis open thread. Go Bruins!!!