On Sunday, the UCLA men’s water polo team remained undefeated with a 17-5 victory over the Princeton Tigers.
In that game, sophomore Nicolas Saveljic scored four goals, tying his career high, to lead the Bruins to the win. Saveljic got UCLA on the scoreboard first just 31 seconds into the game. Princeton was able to tie it up at 1-1, but Saveljic’s second goal put the Bruins up for good. Quentin Osborne added to UCLA’s lead with 1:56 to go in the quarter and Ashworth Molthen made a 4-1 with just 18 seconds left. Princeton added their second goal with just a second left.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, Saveljic scored his third goal, completing his hat trick, and UCLA led 5-2. After Princeton made it 5-3, Peter Lovas scored a power play goal with 4:06 left that would prove to be the game winner for the Bruins. UCLA would add a goal from Chasen Travisano and two from Osborne, completing his hat trick, and the Bruins took a 9-4 lead at the half.
The Bruins add five more goals in the third quarter. Kent Inoue, Eric Goldenberg, Lovas, Felix Brozyna-Vilim, and Molthen each scored during the quarter to give UCLA a 14-4 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Saveljic scored his fourth goal while Inoue and Goldenberg each added their second goal as the Bruins closed out the game for the win.
This evening, the Bruins will travel up the coast to face the UCSB Gauchos who are 7-1 so far this season. Their only loss so far came on September 2nd when they lost the second game of a doubleheader to UC Berkeley, 12-9.
If the Gauchos can play tough against UC Berkeley, then they will likely play the Bruins tough, too. So, tonight’s game may be the toughest of the season so far. There’s no TV, audio or live streaming, but The Fosh will have live stats.
What do you think will happen tonight? Leave it the comments below. This is your UCLA men’s water polo vs. UCSB Gauchos open thread.