At 12-0, the UCLA Bruins are the last undefeated team in college water polo this season. They are also the new number 1 team in this week’s college water polo.
That’s because in addition to beating the defending national champion UC Berkeley Golden Bears last weekend, they also defeated Southern Cal, 13-11, on Sunday. That game was a seesaw battle that saw the Trojans take the early lead on a power play goal by Blake Edwards. Nicolas Saveljic tied the game at 1-1 less than a minute later. Alex Roelse’s goal with 4:39 to go in the first gave UCLA the 2-1 edge. The Trojans then scored three consecutive goals to give Southern Cal a 4-2 lead and close out the first quarter.
In the second, the Bruins came back to tie the game on goals by Max Irving and Roelse. The teams alternated goals through the rest of the first half. Southern Cal scored next followed by Chasen Travisano for UCLA. After another Trojan goal, Roelse completed his hat trick and it was 6-6 at the half.
In the third, Irving broke the tie on a power play goal with 4:34 to go. Less than a minute later, the Trojans tied it back up. The Bruins responded when Irving scored his third goal of the game with just over a minute and a half to go. Of course, the Trojans quickly responded to tie it back up, but Irving put UCLA back out in front with his fourth goal to give the Bruins a 9-8 lead after three.
Roelse’s fourth goal and Irving’s fifth sandwiched the Trojans’ ninth and gave the Bruins an 11-9 lead while Saveljic’s second would prove to be the game-winner which put UCLA up 12-9. Southern Cal tried to mount a comeback by scoring the next two goals, but they couldn’t get a third to tie while Irving’s sixth goal as time expired gave the Bruins a 13-11 final.
Today, UCLA heads to Orange County to play the #7 UC Irvine Anteaters at 1pm.