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UCLA Men’s Water Polo Cruises at Princeton Tourney, Battles Bucknell & Brown Today

The Bruins easily defeated George Washington and St. Francis Brooklyn, but they face a 4:30 am PT start time against Bucknell.

Senior Max Irving scored four goals as the Bruins crushed George Washington, 20-4.
Joe Piechowski

Well, if you can’t beat them in the pool, I guess one way to level the the competition is to schedule an elite West Coast team to play a game at 4:30 am PT.

That’s exactly what has happened at the Princeton Invitational as UCLA is scheduled to play Bucknell this morning at 4:30 am. I hope the Bruins got their rest last night.

But, then again, it wasn’t like they were overly challenged in the pool yesterday.

In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, UCLA defeated #17 George Washington, 20-4. Seniors Max Irving and Matt Farmer led the team with four goals and three goals, respectively.

This game was effectively over by the end of the first quarter when the Bruins led 5-1 after Farmer scored two of his three goals just 39 seconds apart.

Kent Inoue, Quinten Osborne, Jack Grover, Chasen Travisano all scored two goals a piece while Jesse Camou, David Stiling, Eric Goldenberg, Austin Rone, and Nicolas Saveljic each scored once. Alex Wolf stopped seven of ten shots on goal through the first three quarters while Aleksandar Ruzic saved two of three in the fourth quarter.

In the second game, Farmer and Osborne each scored two goals as the Bruins topped the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers 12-3. Like the first game, this one was over early. UCLA scored three goals in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead. Then they added two more in the second to lead 5-0 at the half.

The Bruins would add seven more goals in the second half while allowing three to close out the Terriers, 12-3.

Grover, Warren Snyder, James Vlachonassios, James Robinson, Goldenberg, Travisano, Irving, and Saveljic all scored for UCLA. Meanwhile, defensively, Ruzic held the Terriers scoreless in the first half while Wolf gave up three goals on ten shots on goal in the second half.

The Bruins play Bucknell so early today that I almost wonder if head coach Adam Wright didn’t just keep the team from sleeping last night in favor of sleeping after today’s games are concluded. I’m sure he let them sleep after yesterday’s wins.

In the second game, UCLA plays the Brown Bears. Wait a minute....Brown Bears? Technically, isn’t that a Bruin? Those Ivy League jokesters!

It won’t be a joke when the real Bruins win.

Go Bruins!!!