MPSF Water Polo Results, Sept. 9

Sept. 9, 2017

California 15, Pacific 11

Recap by Cal

BERKELEY - Eight different players found the net and the No. 1-ranked Cal men's water polo team posted 15 goals for the second-straight match as the Bears worked for all four periods to earn a 15-11 victory over No. 5 Pacific on a sunny morning at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Faced with an opponent in Pacific that figured to be one of the toughest tests of the early season, Cal (6-0) came out swinging right away when it came to offensive production. Luca Cupido got the day started, rising after a foul and connecting for the opening goal.

Fellow team captain Pedro Stellet kept the momentum rolling, grabbing a pass from Johnny Hooper and lobbing it past the Pacific goalkeeper to make it 2-0. A big save by Kevin Le Vine sent the Bears in transition and Nicholas Carnigliamade the chance count, pushing the score to 3-0 at the end of one period.

Both offenses found a comfortable rhythm in the second period. Nikos Delagrammatikas, Hooper, Conor Neumann, Cupidoand Odysseas Masmanidis all connected, and after Cal built the lead to 5-1, the Bears held on to an 8-5 lead at halftime.

Pacific wasn't going away quietly though, and after a goal by Masmanidisput Cal ahead 9-6, back to back goals by Luke Pavillard brought the Tigers within a goal at 9-8. The flurry of offense from Pacific locked the Bears back in, and Neumann beat the keeper with a long-range strike to rebuild a little momentum. Spencer Farrar added his name to the scoresheet and Cal led 11-8 at the end of three.

The goals kept flying in the fourth period but Pacific never got closer than it did in the third as Cal continued to build the lead. Cupido sealed the win with his fourth goal of the day, making it 15-10 Bears with 1:39 left. Pacific scored once more but the Bears ran the clock out to finish out the victory.

"We're getting better each game," Carniglia said. "People are learning each other. With everyone gone all summer and people playing together for the first time really, it's been really good that everyone is starting to learn each other. Every game is just getting that much better and everyone is that much more comfortable with what we're doing. It's going in a good direction, for sure.

Cupido led the Bears offensively with four goals. Masmanidis scored three, Hooper and Neumann each added two and Stellet, Farrar, Delagrammatikasand Carnigliaended the game with one apiece. Le Vine stopped 10 shots in the cage for the Bears, who stay at home next weekend to host Pepperdine and UC San Diego.

UCLA 18, Brown 2

Recap by UCLA

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins (6-0) continued play at the Princeton Invitational, routing No. 14 Brown (3-4), 18-2on Saturday afternoon at Denunzio Pool.

Freshman Nicolas Saveljic led the Bruins in scoring with four goals while senior Max Irvingadded a hat trick. Sophomore Alex Wolf got the start and played the first half, making seven saves while pitching a shutout. Senior Aleksandar Ruzicplayed the second half, registering five saves while allowing two goals.

Saveljicgot the Bruins on the board first with a goal from the front court (6:54). Senior Alex Roelseput the Bruins up 2-0 with a power play goal (2:03) and then Evan Rosenfeld scored on a counter (1:22) to make it 3-0. Rosenfeld would add a goal from the front court (0:19) to end the scoring in the first quarter with UCLA leading 4-0.

UCLA pitched another shutout in the second quarter while scoring five goals. Irving would score a hat trick in a span of 2:22, beginning with a strike from the front court (7:35) followed by a counter (6:59) and ending with another score from the front court (5:13). Saveljic added his second goal on a 6-on-5 opportunity (2:27) to extend the lead to 8-0. Freshman Felix Brozyna-Vilimended the scoring in the period with a goal from two meters (0:24) to give the Bruins a 9-0 lead at the break.

Saveljic completed his hat trick with a power play goal to open the scoring in the third (7:26) to give UCLA a double-digit lead (10-0). Senior Jack Grover made it 11-0 with a score off a nice drive (6:32) and junior David Stiling followed with a goal from the front court (5:12) to push the lead to 12-0. Austin Hwang finally got Brown on the board (4:54) with a goal from the front court. But sophomore Eric Goldenberganswered with a power play goal for the Bruins on the next possession (4:28) to extend the lead to 13-1. Saveljicscored his fourth of the game with a front court strike (1:53) to end the scoring in the third with the Bruins leading 14-1.

UCLA opened the final period with three straight goals from three different Bruins. Senior Jesse Camou scored on a drive (6:13), Goldenberg added his second on a power play (5:09) and senior James Robinson scored on a drive (4:28) to make it 17-1. Brown's Hudson Rawlings added a score off a drive (4:08) to trim the lead to 17-2. Senior Matt Farmer scored from set (3:22) to provide the 18-2 final.

The Bruins return to action tomorrow vs. No. 11 Princeton at 10:00 a.m. PT live on ESPNU.

UCLA 18, Bucknell 8

Recap by UCLA

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins (5-0) continued play at the Princeton Invitational, shaking off an early start (4:30 a.m. PT/7:30 a.m. ET) to post an 18-8 win over No. 16 Bucknell (1-4) on Saturday morning at Denunzio Pool.

Senior Matt Farmer led the Bruins in scoring with four goals while freshman Felix Brozyna-Vilim added a hat trick. Sophomore Alex Wolf got the start and played the first half, making five saves while allowing four goals. Senior Aleksandar Ruzic played the second half, also allowing four goals while being credited with four stops.

Bucknell's Cooper Dolan got the Bison on the board first with a goal from the front court at the 6:27 mark of the opening period. That woke up UCLA, which scored six unanswered goals and never trailed again. Junior Austin Rone scored on a counter attack to tie the game at 1-1 a minute later (5:27). Then Farmer scored from two meters to give the Bruins the lead for good (4:47). The Bruins got back-to-back goals from the front court from senior Alex Roelse (4:10) and Brozyna-Vilim (2:50) to build a 4-1 lead. A power play goal from freshman Chasen Travisano (1:00) made it 6-1 and senior Max Irving ended the scoring in the first with the Bruins leading 6-1 on a counter with 0:33 remaining.

Rade Joksimovic opened the scoring in the second quarter with a power play goal at the 7:40 mark to cut the lead to 6-2. But Roelse answered with his second goal from the front court (6;55). Brozyna-Vilim's second goal came from two meters (5:38) and gave the Bruins an 8-2 lead. Another goal from Joksimovic, this one after an ordinary foul, trimmed the lead to 8-3 (5:22). The Bison would make it 8-4 after a nice drive and finish by Marko Djordjevic (3:24). Farmer answered with the final goal of the period (1:34) on a counter attack to give the Bruins a 9-4 lead at the break.

The Bruins lost the third quarter, 4-3. After Brozyna-Vilim completed his hat trick (7:17) with a goal at set to put UCLA up 10-4, the Bison reeled off three straight goals. The first two came from Dolan (4:18 and 3:02) to complete a hat trick for the sophomore from San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Djordjevic added his second goal (1:54) to make things interesting with the Bruins leading 10-7. Farmer would complete his hat trick from two meters (1:18) to push the lead to 11-7. But Joksimovic would earn his hat trick from the front court (0:50) to cut the lead back to three goals at 11-8. Just seven seconds later (0:43), freshman Nicolas Saveljic would net his first goal to end the scoring in the third with the Bruins leading 12-8.

The fourth was all UCLA as the Bruins outscored the Bison, 6-0. Travisano scored his second (7:35) from the front court and then Saveljic added his second on a power play (4:33) to push the lead to 14-8. Irving then added his second of the game from the front court (2:40) and Farmer added his fourth from two meters (1:47) to make it 16-8. Junior Kent Inoue scored his only goal of the game from the front court (1:12) and junior Warren Snyder would tack on a power play goal (0:18) to provide the 18-8 final.

Penn State Behrend 9, Washington & Jefferson 7

Recap by PSB

ERIE, Pa - The Penn State Behrend men's water polo team opened their season with a win, defeating Washington & Jefferson 9-7 in their first game of the Mercyhurst Invitational Saturday afternoon. Grant Garcia(Kingsburg, VA/Kingsburg) scored five goals to help the Lions (1-0) battle tough throughout the whole game, never allowing the Presidents (0-4) to gain a lead in the match. Behrend jumped off to an early lead in the game, netting four goals in the first period while also keeping W&J off the board. The Presidents were relentless on giving up, scoring three goals in the second to try to keep them within striking distance. However, the Lions firepower seemed to be too much to handle. Isaak Hatopp (Saline, MI/Saline) played rock solid defense totaling four steals. Freshman goalkeeper Bryce Barnes(Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor) made 12 saves. The Lions return to action on Sunday against Toronto at the Mercyhurst Invitational. Game begins at 11:30 a.m.