MPSF Water Polo Results, Sept. 10

Max Irving, UCLA (Photo by UCLA Athletics)
Sept. 10, 2017

UCLA 14, Princeton 8

Recap by UCLA

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins (7-0) concluded play at the Princeton Invitational, defeating previously unbeaten No. 11 Princeton (7-1), 14-8, on Sunday morning at Denunzio Pool in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPNU.

Freshmen Nicolas Saveljic and Chasen Travisano led the Bruins in scoring with four goals apiece while senior Max Irving added a hat trick. Sophomore Alex Wolf got the start and played the first half, making four saves while allowing three goals. Senior Aleksandar Ruzic played the second half, registering four saves while allowing five scores.

Saveljic got the Bruins on the board first with a penalty score (6:32). Princeton's Jordan Colina tied it at 1-1 with a shot from the front court (4:19). But Travisano had an answer with a power play goal at 2:48 left in the first to give UCLA a 2-1 edge. Colina scored his second of the game to tie it at 2-2 (1:40) with a penalty shot bar down to end the scoring in the first.

Senior Jesse Camou broke up a 2-2 tie with a counter score (5:50) and then Irving followed with another one (5:10) to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead in the second quarter. Matt Payne cut the lead to 4-3 (4:28) with a power play goal, but Travisano scored his second on a counter (3:44) to push the lead to 5-3. Saveljic would score his second of the game with a strike from the front court (2:54) to double-up the Tigers, 6-3. Travisano completed his hat trick (0:06) on a 6-on-5 opportunity to end the scoring in the second with UCLA leading 7-3.

Freshman Evan Rosenfeld opened the scoring in the third quarter (6:37) to put UCLA up 8-3. Colina then completed his hat trick (6:07) to cut the lead to 8-4. Irving would add his second of the game on a penalty shot (5:46) to push the lead to 9-4. But Colina would score back-to-back goals (5:03 and 3:44) to increase his total to five, trimming the Bruins' lead to 9-6, which would stand to the end of the period.

Travisano netted his fourth of the game to open the scoring in the fourth (7:13). Then Colina scored his sixth of the contest on a penalty shot (5:41) to cut the lead to 10-7. Senior Matt Farmer pushed the lead to 11-7 with a goal at two meters off a nice feed from Irving (5:14). Payne then added his second goal on a skip shot that snuck past Ruzic (4:00) to make it 11-8 UCLA. Irving would complete his hat trick on a power play goal (3:23) to push the lead to 12-8. Saveljic then completed his hat trick with a strike after an ordinary foul (1:34) to extend the lead to 13-8. Saveljic added his fourth of the game from the front court (0:22) to provide the 14-8 final.

The Bruins return to action on Friday, Sept. 15 vs. No. 6 UC Santa Barbara under the lights at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center at 7:00 p.m. PT.

USC 16, Redlands 6

USC 20, Claremont 1

Recap by USC

REDLANDS, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC men's water polo team heated up for two more wins today, pulling double duty out at the Inland Empire Classic in Redlands, Calif. The Trojans peeled out to a 12-0 lead against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and then tallied the first eight goals of the matchup against Redlands to exert control in both games today. By day's end, USC had posted a 20-1 victory over the Stags and a 16-5 win over the host Bulldogs to bulk up the Trojans' 2017 record to 5-0 overall.

Bryce Hoerman was the first to double up on his scoring count today, taking a 7-0 USC lead on goals from seven different Trojans to tally his second and make it an 8-0 lead on the Stags. Murphy Slater and Zach D'Sa would join the scoring party by halftime, building a 10-0 USC advantage at the break on the hands of nine different USC scorers. By the final buzzer, the USC defense had surrendered just a single goals, with goalies McQuin Baron and Will Rubschlager sharing time in the cage. Thirteen different Trojans would score in the win, led by hat tricks by D'Sa and Matteo Morelli and a pair apiece from Hoerman, Blake Edwards and Matt Maier.

After a couple hours' break, the Trojans splashed back down to take on host Redlands. There, Morelli would strike twice during a USC surge to an 8-0 advantage. A 5-meter penalty shot from the Bulldogs broke up the run before Hoerman sizzled in a score before halftime to make it a 9-1 USC lead. Simon Wu would step into the cage for the second half to spell Baron as USC remained in control. Marko Vavic would deliver a hat trick in the third period of play while D'Sa finished off his second hat trick of the day during that same frame. D'Sa's third goal took the Trojans to a 15-3 lead entering the final frame as USC set up for the final push to an eventual 16-5 victory over Redlands to wrap the day's work.

USC's next action takes the Trojans to Davis, Calif., next week for four games at the Aggie Roundup. There, USC faces Cal Baptist at 9 a.m. and MIT at 12 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 16). On Sunday (Sept. 17), USC will take on Santa Clara at 12 p.m. and Long Beach State at 3:30 p.m.

Mercyhurst 10, Penn State Behrend 5

Recap by PSB

ERIE, Pa. - The Penn State Behrend men's water polo team dropped its first game of the weekend after falling to Mercyhurst 10-5 Sunday afternoon. Freshman goalkeeper Matt Olimski (San Diego, CA/Otay Ranch) had a strong game, recording 16 saves and four steals. Isaak Hatopp (Saline, MI/Saline) added three drawn penalty shots along with one drawn kick out. Grant Garcia (Kingsburg, CA/Kingsburg) finished the match with four drawn kick outs of his own. Sophomore Andre Sardaryzadeh (Murrieta, CA/Elsinore) kept the game close for Behrend scoring a pair of goals to in the first half to keep the score at 2-all. Mercyhurst turned on the burners soon after though, scoring four unanswered goals to push the lead to 6-2. The Lions were persistent, tallying a few more later in the game, but were unable to cut Mercyhurst's lead any further despite a strong push to continue to draw the score closer. The Lions are back in action when they travel to Washington, Pa. for a 6 p.m. start on September 23.