The UCLA Men’s Water Polo team returns to their home pool tonight after picking up five wins last weekend at the Princeton Invitational.
While the first four games last weekend were extremely easy games, the Princeton Tigers had some fight to them.
In that game, the freshmen pair of Chasen Travisano and Nicolas Saveljic scored 4 goals each to lead the Bruins to victory, but it was senior Max Irving’s second goal of his three for the game that proved to be the game winner. Jesse Camou, Evan Rosenfeld, and Matt Farmer all added a goal as well for UCLA.
The story of the game was how Princeton kept fighting back.
Whenever it looked like the Bruins were about to put the Tigers away for good, Princeton seemed to score. Or, more accurately, Jordan Colina seemed to score. Colina scored six of the Tigers’ eight goals in the game while Matt Payne had the other two.
Sophomore Alex Wolf played the first half in goal for UCLA and gave up three goals while saving four and senior Aleksandar Ruzic played the second half. Ruzic allowed five goals while saving four.
After playing the first quarter to a 2-2 tie, the Bruins ended the first half with a four-goal lead, outscoring Princeton 5-1 in the quarter. But the Tigers outscored the Bruins 3-2 in the third to cut UCLA’s lead to three and it was 9-6 heading into the fourth quarter. That’s when the Bruin offense stepped on the gas and pulled away with a 5-2 final period and UCLA left New Jersey still undefeated.
Tonight, the Bruins look to remain undefeated as they welcome the UCSB Gauchos to Westwood.
This is your UCSB at UCLA Water Polo open thread.