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UCLA Men’s Water Polo Stay Undefeated; Faces Princeton Next

The Bruins topped both St. Francis Brooklyn and Air Force yesterday and then defeated Brown this morning, despite the early start time.

True freshman Ashworth Molthen had three goals in two games yesterday and three more this morning against Brown.
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The top-ranked Bruins continue to roll at the Princeton Invitational. Yesterday, UCLA defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 15-3, and the Air Force Academy, 16-6. Then, very early this morning, they also beat Brown, 16-9.

In UCLA’s final game, the Bruins will face the Princeton Tigers at 9:30 am PT. In years past, this game, which UCLA has never lost, has been televised by ESPN. Today’s game won’t be televised, but it will be streamed on ESPN+, the network’s new subscription streaming service.

The Tigers have started off strong. They’ve won six of their first seven games. Unfortunately, that’s not going to make this game a competitive one. Princeton’s lone loss so far was a 21-3 thrashing by the #4 Stanford Cardinal. Expect today’s game between UCLA and Princeton to end in a similar result.

Against St. Francis Brooklyn yesterday, nine different Bruins scored 15 goals and six of them scored twice. St. Francis actually scored the first goal, but Quentin Osborne tied it up with the first of his two goals with 5:02 to go. It stayed that way until Nicolas Saveljic broke the tie with a goal just three seconds before the quarter ended. Luke Henriksson scored his goal 23 seconds into the second quarter while Kent Inoue scored the first of his two goals with just over four minutes to go. That would prove to be the game winner. Chasen Travisano would make it 5-1 heading into halftime.

UCLA would add four more goals in the third quarter and six in the fourth while St. Francis could only muster two fourth quarter goals.

Against the Air Force Academy, UCLA relied on a five goal first quarter onslaught to win 16-6. UCLA would add 3 more goals in the second quarter including the Saveljic’s second of the game which was the eventual game winner. Saveljic would complete his hat trick late in the third quarter.

Then, this morning, UCLA faced Brown in a game that had a 5:45 am opening sprint. UCLA scored four goals in the first quarter as the Bruins led 4-1 after one. They add six more in the second quarter including redshirt freshman Bailey Jarvis’ second goal of the game with four seconds left that was the game-winning goal. Ashworth Molthen led UCLA with a hat trick in this one.

This is your UCLA Bruins vs. Princeton Tigers open thread.

Go Bruins!!!