By defeating Brown and Johns Hopkins yesterday, the UCLA Men’s Water Polo team extended its winning streak to 40 games.
The game against #14 Brown, which was originally listed on the Water Polo schedule as an exhibition game turned out to be a real game, not an exhibition. Well, in a way, I guess you could call it an exhibition...a scoring exhibition by UCLA.
The Bruins scored the first 14 points of the game before Brown finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
Junior Alex Roelse led the team with four goals while Joey Fuentes put three in the net for a hat trick. A total of 9 different Bruins scored to give UCLA the 17-2 win.
Later in the day, Max Irving and Patrick Woepse each had hat tricks as a part of the Bruins 20-8 victory over Johns Hopkins.
Alec Zwaneveld, Jack Grover, Joey Fuentes, Matt Farmer, and David Stiling all scored twice each.
Because UCLA led 14-4 after three quarters, the Bruins elected to pull their goalie during the fourth quarter to work on team defense without a goalie. That allowed Johns Hopkins to add 4 empty net goals in the fourth while the Bruins scored 6 to make the final 20-8.
This morning, UCLA is back in the pool and live on ESPNU as the Bruins take on host Princeton at 9 am PT. After Princeton, UCLA takes on St. Francis at 11:45 am PT. Going in to today’s action, the Bruins are just ten wins short of tying the UCLA record for most consecutive wins.