After winning the first three games of the season last Saturday, the #1 UCLA men’s water polo team heads East to Princeton, NJ for this weekend’s Princeton Invitational. Today, the Bruins will play the Wagner Seahawks at 10:30 am PT and follow that with an exhibition game against the #4 Stanford Cardinal. Tomorrow, UCLA will face #19 St. Francis Brooklyn and the Air Force Academy. Then, on Sunday, the Bruins will play a doubleheader against #17 Brown and #13 Princeton.
Each of last Saturday’s games of the UCLA Invitational were over pretty early. In the season opener against Fresno Pacific, twelve different Bruins scored as UCLA defeated the Sunbirds, 17-7. Sophomore Felix Brozyna-Vilim led UCLA with four goals while Quinten Osborne and Kent Inoue each added two goals. Evan Rosenfeld, Eric Goldenberg, Luke Henriksson, Michael Graner, Bailey Jarvis, Chasen Travisano, Austin Rone, Peter Lovas, and Matthew Kacura also scored for the Bruins. Rosenfeld scored the eventual game-winner with 4:16 left in the second quarter.
Against Whittier, UCLA scored seven goals in the first quarter and that would be enough to top the Poets, 20-5. Osborne led the scoring in this one with four goals while Warren Snyder, Evan Rosenfeld, Austin Rone, and Ashworth Molthen each added two goals. Goldenberg, Brozyna-Vilim, Jarvis, Travisano, Inoue, Luke Henriksson, and Nicolas Saveljic each added a goal for UCLA.
In the Bruins’ third game of the day, UCLA beat the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens 18-10. In this one, the Bruins didn’t score the game-winning goal until the second half. In this one, ten different Bruins scored with Osborne again leading the way with four more goals. Lovas and Kacura each had a hat trick in this one while Rone had two more goals. Goldenberg, Snyder, Henriksson, Molthen, Raphael Raede, and Michael Graner also scored.
As far as today’s action goes, the exhibition against Stanford will probably be more exciting than the actual game against Wagner. The Seahawks are 1-2 so far this season with losses to George Washington and Princeton so far. Their lone win came against Salem University. So, look for the game against the Seahawks to be over early.