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UCLA Men’s Water Polo Sweeps Early Doubleheader, Faces #11 Princeton This Morning

4:30 am sprint time? No problem for UCLA Men’s Water Polo.

Alex Roelse leads the Bruins into action this morning against Princeton.

The Bruins had a 4:30 am PT sprint time for their game against Bucknell. But that didn’t seem to phase UCLA in the least bit.

Bucknell got on the board first with 6:27 left in the first quarter, but the Bruins scored the next six goals to take a 6-1 lead at the end of the first. Austin Rone tied the game about a minute after the first goal and, then, Matt Farmer scored the first of his four goals about 45 second later to give UCLA the lead. Alex Roelse, freshman Felix Brozyna-Vilim, Chasen Travisano and Max Irving added the Bruins’ other first quarter goals.

Bucknell scored first in the second quarter, just twenty seconds into the period, to cut the Bruin lead to 6-2. Roelse and Brozyna-Vilim each scored their second goals of the game to push the UCLA lead to 8-2. But Bucknell didn’t go roll over as they responded with two consecutive goals of their own to make it 8-4. With 1:34 remaining in the half, Farmer scored his second goal of the game to give the Bruins a 9-4 lead. Farmer’s goal would prove to be the game-winner.

Brozyna-Vilim completed his hat trick 43 seconds into the 3rd quarter, but Bucknell responded by scoring the next three goals to make it 10-7, UCLA. Farmer completed his hat trick with 1:18 left in the the third, but, again, Bucknell refused to quit and responded with their fourth goal of the quarter to cut the Bruin lead to 11-8. Even though Nicolas Saveljic would score for UCLA, Bucknell actually outscored the Bruins 4-3 in the quarter and it was 12-8, UCLA, after three.

UCLA shut the door in the fourth, scoring six more goals while not giving any up. Travisano, Saveljic and Irving each scored their second goals of the game followed by Farmer’s fourth goal. Juniors Kent Inoue and Warren Snyder each added a goal in the last 72 seconds to seal the Bruin victory 18-8.

Normally, the second game of a doubleheader is called the nightcap, but it’s a little hard to do that for yesterday’s second game because it began at 9:30 am PT. Unfortunately for the Brown Bears, the Bruins had that early wake-up call against Bucknell because UCLA crushed Brown 18-2.

Saveljic led the Bruins with four goals and Irving had a hat trick. The Bruins’ Alex Wolf pitched a shutout in the first half while UCLA scored nine goals to take a 9-0 halftime lead. Aleksandar Ruzic took over in net in the second half and Brown finally got a ball into the Bruins’ net but not before UCLA had added three more goals. Two more goals gave UCLA a 14-1 lead after three quarters.

In the fourth, Brown would score their other goal while UCLA added four more to give the Bruins an 18-2 win. In addition to Saveljic’s four goals and Irving’s hat trick, Eric Goldenberg and Evan Rosenfeld each had two goals while Jack Grover, Jesse Camou, James Robinson, Farmer, David Stiling, Brozyna-Vilim, and Roelse each scored one goal.

This morning, the Bruins close out the Princeton Invitation with a game against the host Princeton Tigers at 10 am PT.

Go Bruins!!!