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UCLA Men’s Water Polo Crushes Wagner, 21-6; Faces St. Francis & Air Force Today

Saveljic scored four goals for the Bruins while Raphael Reade and Kent Inoue each had a hat trick.

Nicolas Saveljic led the Bruins with four goals against Wagner yesterday.

Yesterday, in Princeton, the UCLA men’s water polo team destroyed the Wagner Seahawks, 21-6. Like last weekend’s games, this one was also over early as the Bruins scored 10 points in the first half.

In this game, ten different Bruins scored. Peter Lovas got UCLA on the board first with a goal just 49 seconds into the game.

Wagner managed to tie the game up at 1-1 before Quentin Osborne put the Bruins ahead for good with 6:09 left in the first. Nicolas Saveljic scored the first of his four goals with 3:22 to go while Chasen Travisano finished up the first quarter scoring with a power play goal with 46 seconds left in the first.

It was more of the same in the second quarter as the Bruins pushed their lead to 10-2. Osborne was the first on the board in the quarter with his second goal of the game just 17 seconds into the quarter. Bailey Jarvis joined the party with a power play goal with 5:45 left in the half. Wagner added their second goal of the game with 4:02 to go before Felix Brozyna-Vilim added another UCLA goal with just under three minutes to play. UCLA would score three more second quarter goals with Jarvis’ second at 2:08, Travisano’s second at 1:00 and Ashworth Molthen’s first with just 20 seconds left in the half.

Salvejic completed his hat trick with consecutive goals in the third quarter. After a third Wagner goal, Kent Inoue and Raphael Reade picked up their first goals of the game while two goals from Wagner to end the period gave the Bruins a 14-5 lead after three.

With a little more than a minute gone by in the fourth, Molthen scored his second goal of the game while Saveljic added his fourth with 5:22 to go. Reade added back-to-back goals to finish off his hat trick and Inoue picked up his second with just under three minutes left to play. Wagner’s only goal of the quarter made it 19-6. The penultimate Bruin goal came on a penalty shot by Matthew Kacura with 1:25 left while Inoue completed his hat trick with just 29 seconds left in the game.

Today looks to be more of the same as the Bruins continue play in the Princeton Invitational against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (0-5) and the Air Force Academy Falcons (1-3). Something tells me that the only thing flying into the big blue yonder this afternoon will be the Bruin offense.

Go Bruins!!