No. 4 UCLA Extends Winning Streak With 14-6 Win Over Princeton
Oct. 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A day after defeating top-ranked California, UCLA's men's water polo team showed no signs of letting down as the No. 4 Bruins upended No. 12 Princeton, 14-6, Sunday afternoon at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. UCLA is now 11-2 and has won five straight, including 17-straight home matches.
Twelve different Bruins tallied goals in the victory while senior John Blanchette, junior Logan Powell and sophomore Marco Santos each contributed two goals apiece. Princeton received two-goal performances from junior Nicholas Seaver and sophomore Zach Beckmann.
The Tigers opened the match's scoring at the 2:58 mark in the first period when Seaver sailed a shot past UCLA goalkeeper Will Didinger. But the Bruins answered back later in the first with goals from sophomore utility Justin Johnson and junior attacker Thomas Foley.
In the second period, UCLA widened its lead to 6-2 with a four goal outburst as Blanchette and Powell combined for all the Bruin scoring. Senior Danny Motlagh kept Princeton within striking distance with his extra-man goal at 1:46.
After halftime, UCLA broke the match open. Senior David Pietsch, junior Grant Zider, Santos and sophomore Matt Jacobs each tallied goals in the third frame. Seaver netted an extra-man goal for Princeton as the UCLA headed into the fourth period with a 10-3 lead.
Princeton notched three goals in the final period, including a successful four-meter penalty shot by Beckmann, but UCLA again added four more scores to keep the Tigers at bay.
Bruin goalkeeper Will Didinger did his part to preserve the victory with seven saves in the cage. Sophomore Matt Kellogg made one save in the fourth period as well. Scott Syverson added five saves for Princeton.
UCLA is now 5-0 all-time against the Tigers.