Princeton, N.J. - The second-ranked UCLA men's water polo team concluded the Princeton Invitational with a 20-3 victory over No. 13 Princeton on Sunday afternoon at DeNunzio Pool. UCLA improved to 8-0 with the win while the Tigers dropped to 3-2.
The Bruins scored the first five goals of the game with senior Josh Samuels picking up the first two goals. Sophomore Aimone Barabino and senior Griffin White scored on back-to-back power plays to make it 4-0. Anthony Daboub scored with 2:43 left in the first period to put UCLA up 5-0. Jack Ruth scored the first goal for Princeton to end the first period scoring at 5-1 with 2:09 left.
The Bruins responded after the Tigers' first goal with a 5-0 shutout in the second quarter. White and Samuels kicked off the second period scoring for the Bruins. Sophomore David Culpan scored the first of his two goals in the game to make it 8-1 with 4:23 left in the second period. Sophomore Paul Reynolds made it 9-1, scoring on a penalty shot with 3:24 to go in the first half. Junior Lucas Reynolds scored his only goal of the match with 26 seconds left in the second period to give the Bruins a 10-1 lead at halftime.
UCLA's Daboub struck first in the third period, scoring his second of the match to put the Bruins up 11-1. Ruth scored his second of the game for the Tigers to make it 11-2 with 4:40 left in the third period. The Bruins answered with three straight goals from Brandon D'Sa, Danny McClintick and Culpan to give UCLA a 14-2 lead at the end of three quarters.
The Bruins dominated the fourth quarter 6-1, receiving two goals from White and Chris Fahlsing. White ended the match with a game-high tying four goals. Samuels also scored a goal in the fourth period and tallied four goals as well for the Bruins. Freshman Joey Fuentes scored his only goal of the match with 31 seconds left in the game to end the scoring at 20-3.
In the match, the Bruins made their only penalty shot and converted on 4-of-7 power play opportunities. Princeton was 0-for-9 on its extra man opportunities and lost all four sprints to UCLA. Senior Matt Rapacz made nine saves in goal for UCLA. Ben Dearborn made six stops in the cage for Princeton. A total of 11 different Bruins scored in the game against the Tigers.
No. 13 Princeton vs. No. 2 UCLA
Princeton Goals: Jack Ruth 2, Sam Butler
Princeton Saves: Ben Dearborn 6
UCLA Goals: Griffin White 4, Josh Samuels 4, Chris Fahlsing 2, Anthony Daboub 2, David Culpan 2, Aimone Barabino, Lucas Reynolds, Paul Reynolds, Danny McClintick, Brandon D'Sa, Joey Fuentes
UCLA Saves: Matt Rapacz 9