Freshman Jake Cavano picked up right where he left off last Saturday when he scored the first goal of last night’s match against Long Beach State on a powerplay.
Meanwhile, senior David Stiling gave UCLA a 2-0 lead when he scored the first of his two goals with 2:47 to go. The 49ers would tie the game back up with a pair of powerplay goals with 1:42 and 0:14 left in the first quarter, respectively.
Just 24 seconds into the second, Nicolas Saveljic put the Bruins back in front. Austin Stevenson tied it back up with 4:40 to go in the half, but the tie was short-lived, as Stiling put UCLA ahead for good with his second goal on a powerplay with 4:12 left. Saveljic’s second goal of the quarter widened the gap to 5-3 while Austin Rone sent the teams to the locker room with the score, 6-3.
Long Beach State cut that lead to 6-5 when Stevenson scored with 5:35 to go in the third and Lovro Miocevic added another 35 seconds later. Felix Brozyna-Vilim doubled the Bruins’ lead while Quentin Osborne scored the eventual game-winner with 2:21 left in the third quarter.
The 49ers would cut the Bruins’ lead to just one again with consecutive goals in the final quarter, but Brozyna-Vilim’s insurance goal ended the Long Beach rally for good and let the Bruins head back to Westwood with their 12th win of the year.
Today, UCLA returns to the pool to host the #13 UC Irvine Anteaters at the Spieker Aquatic Complex on campus this afternoon at 1 pm PT.
The Anteaters have had trouble when they play ranked teams so far this season. They are just 2-4 against ranked teams and one of those wins was an overtime win to open the season against UC San Diego. Since the opener, they’ve lost to UC Berkeley, Long Beach State (in OT), a rematch against UC San Diego at home, and an overtime loss to Pomona-Pitzer.
The Anteaters have two big scorers. Jason Evezard leads the team with 27 goals. He had 6 goals against Redlands on September 9. Jack Trush is their second best scorer with 14 goals including a season-high 4 against Pomona-Pitzer.
This should be another relatively easy Bruin victory. UCLA is returning to the friendly confines of the Spieker Aquatics Center where no team has gotten closer to winning than six goals and there’s no reason to think that will change today. I’m predicting a 15-7 win today.