IRVINE, Calif. -- The No. 1 UCLA men's water polo team improved to 18-0 on the season with a 10-5 win over No. 4 Stanford (10-3) this morning in the semifinals of the SoCal Invitational at UC Irvine. Senior Chris Wendt, sophomore Danny McClintick and freshman Gordon Marshall each scored two goals to lead UCLA as seven different Bruins scored.
The 18-0 start to the season is tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in UCLA history, equalling the 18 consecutive games won by the 2004 national championship squad.
Junior Paul Reynolds got the Bruins on the board first with a goal on a nice drive and finish (5:01). Then freshman Jack Fellner scored a power play goal (3:14) to put UCLA up 2-0. The Cardinal ended the scoring in the first period with a goal from the front court (1:45) by Connor Stapleton.
The Bruins controlled the second and third periods, outscoring Stanford 4-0. Senior Lucas Reynolds opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from set (5:24) to put UCLA up 3-1. Marshall gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead at the break with a power play goal with 1:51 left in the second.
McClintick scored both of the goals for UCLA on 6-on-5 opportunities in the third period (5:46 and 3:40) to build a 6-1 lead heading into the fourth.
Wendt scored his first goal of the game on a power play at the 7:04 mark of the fourth period to begin an offensive explosion for both teams, extending the lead to 7-1. Forrest Watkins then scored back-to-back goals for Stanford (6:44 and 5:53) to trim the lead to 7-3. Wendt then scored on another extra man opportunity (4:06) to push the lead to 8-3. Marshall then scored his second of the game from two meters (3:19) to give the Bruins some breathing room at 9-3. Alex Bowen and Jackson Kimbell scored consecutive goals for Stanford (2:50 and 1:21) to cut the lead to 9-5. Freshman Lovre Milos provided the final score of 10-5 with a goal from the front court with 0:57 remaining.
The Bruins were 6-for-8 on power plays while Stanford was held to 1-for-14. The Bruins were 0-for-1 on penalty shots while Stanford didn't attempt any.
Redshirt freshman Garrett Danner made the start in the cage for UCLA, playing the entire game while making 13 saves, eight on 6-on-5 opportunities. Drew Holland played the entire game in goal for Stanford and was credited with five stops.
The Bruins head to the finals tonight at 6:15 p.m. where they will meet No. 2 USC.
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 1 UCLA
|No. 4 Stanford||1||0||0||4||5|
|No. 1 UCLA||2||2||2||4||10|
Stanford Goals: Forrest Watkins 2, Connor Stapleton, Jackson Kimbell, Alex Bowen
Stanford Saves: Drew Holland 5