LOS ANGELES -- The No. 1 UCLA men's water polo team improved to 14-0 on the season with a 15-3 win over No. 11 Princeton (8-3) this evening at Spieker Aquatics Center. Freshman Lovre Milos and senior Lucas Reynolds each scored hat tricks for UCLA as nine different Bruins scored.
The Bruins struck first when Reynolds scored from set at the 7:32 mark of the first period. Reynolds scored again from set with 3:32 left in the first period. Drew Hoffenberg scored a power play goal with 3:01 to go to end the scoring with UCLA leading 2-1 at the end of the first.
Sophomore Danny McClintick scored on a counter attack with 5:21 to go in the second quarter to extend the lead to 3-1. Hoffenberg scored an off-speed shot at 3:35 to trim the lead to 3-2. But McClintick scored an off-speed shot with 3:23 to go in the second to make it 4-2. Reynolds then completed his hat trick with another strike from set to put UCLA up 5-2 with 2:44 to go. Senior Chris Wendt then made it 6-2 with a power play goal on a nice feed from McClintick (1:24).
Freshman Lovre Milos scored from distance to put the Bruins up 7-2 with 7:34 to go in the third. Sam Butler scored on a redirect from Hoffenberg to cut the lead to 7-3 at the 6:59 mark of the third quarter. Freshman Jack Fellner extended the Bruins' lead to 8-3 with a power play goal off a nice feed from junior Daniel Lenhart (3:43) to end the scoring in the third.
Lenhart scored his first of the game on a power play to put UCLA up 9-3 with 6:42 left in the fourth. Then freshman Chancellor Ramirez had a nice feed to Wendt as he made it 10-3 with 5:59 to go. Milos scored a counter attack goal off a long outlet from redshirt freshman goalkeeper Garrett Danner. to widen the gap to 11-3 (5:28). Milos capped his hat trick with 4:50 left to make it 12-3. Freshman Ryder Roberts then recorded his game-high fourth steal and drove to score his only goal of the game off a lob shot. Junior Christopher Meinhold put the Bruins up 14-3 with a power play goal from two meters with :50 remaining. After Princeton backup goalie Ben Dearborn was excluded with six seconds to go, redshirt freshman Patrick Woepse scored an exclusion goal with :03 left to end the scoring at 15-3.
The Bruins were better on power plays in the nightcap, going 5-for-9 while Princeton was 2-for-9. Neither team attempted a penalty shot.
Danner played the first three and one-half quarters in the cage for UCLA and was credited with 13 saves while allowing three goals. Junior Stephen White played the final 5:28 of the fourth period, pitching a shutout while recording two saves. Alex Gow played the first three quarters in goal for Princeton and had seven saves while surrendering eight goals. Dearborn played the fourth quarter in the cage for the Tigers and registered two saves while allowing seven goals.
The Bruins return to action on Oct. 4 when they travel to UC San Diego for a 6:00 p.m. contest.
No. 11 Princeton at No. 1 UCLA
|No. 11 Princeton||1||1||1||0||3|
|No. 1 UCLA||2||4||2||7||15|
Princeton Goals: Drew Hoffenberg 2, Sam Butler
Princeton Saves: Alex Gow 7, Ben Dearborn 2
UCLA Goals: Lovre Milos 3, Lucas Reynolds 3, Danny McClintick 2, Chris Wendt 2, Jack Fellner, Daniel Lenhart, Ryder Roberts, Christopher Meinhold, Patrick Woepse
UCLA Saves: Garrett Danner 13, Stephen White 2