Last weekend saw UCLA water polo team host and win two nonconference games, while California also collected two new victories without trouble. Stanford proved too strong for UC Santa Barbara, whereas USC Trojans had a weekend off and will on October 21 play at home against UC Irvine.
UCLA EDGE OUT LBS, EASY WIN AGAINST CAL BAPTIST
UCLA water polo team on Friday hosted a nonconference game and recorded a convincing 20:9 victory over Cal Baptist without difficulty. The hosts dominated the match from the very beginning and achieved a six-goal advantage in the first quarter (8:2). The Lancers were unable to surmount this difference which only kept increasing until the end. The match saw an outstanding performance by Bruins Austin Rone and Kent Inoue who each scored four goals, as much as Kyle Christian netted for CBU.
UCLA 20:9 CBU
(8:2, 3:2, 5:3, 4:2)
In another nonconference match on Sunday, UCLA squad came out with a narrow 8:6 win against Long Beach State. However, the Bruins kept in control of the game and preventing the visiting team did not manage to take over the lead. Nicholas Saveljic and Chasen Travisano scored at the beginning in the first quarter, and Austin Stewart cut the difference to one before the second period (2:1). Then the Bruins went ahead 4:1 thanks to Jesse Camou and Max Irving. However, the 49ers were again down by one before the final eight minutes as the second and the third quarter ended in a draw. Long Beach State water polo players were unable to fight back, UCLA raised the difference to one and celebrated in the end. The game’s top scorer was Saveljic who recorded a hat trick, while Travisano and Camou each added a pair. Nemanja Bakic also netted two for the Beach.
Spieker Aquatics Center will on October 21 see an MPSF clash between UCLA and California.
UCLA 8:6 LBS
(2:1, 2:2, 1:1, 3:2)
CAL BEARS STORM PAST TWO RIVALS
Cal water polo players last week had an easy job against UC Irvine and San Jose State at home. Hosts got off to a better start and achieved a two-goal lead in the first quarter (4:2). They had their defense on point and their rival had no chance of keeping parity. Led by excellent Luca Cupido who scored six goals, the Bears overpowered the Anteaters, 18:8.
CAL 18:8 UC IRVINE
(4:2, 4:2, 6:2, 4:2)
Cal water polo club also proved too strong in the face-off with San Jose State. Bears dominantly opened the match with a seven-goal lead after the first period (8:1). They definitely eliminated all doubts about who would be the winner after netting six more before the halftime (14:2). Cal squad then took the foot off the gas and finished the match in a routine manner. Cupido again shined with five goals.
Besides from UCLA, Cal will also face Long Beach State next weekend, on October 22.
CAL 20:6 SJS
(8:1, 6:1, 3:3, 3:1)
STANFORD BEAT UC SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara water polo squad netted the opener, but Cardinal came back, took over the lead and never trailed again. However, Santa Barbara failed to surrender and equalized at the start of the second quarter. Stanford then stepped up their game and went on a break with a three-goal advantage (5:2). In the third quarter, they went ahead 8:4 and prevented their opponent from overcoming the difference thanks to the impeccable defense. UCSB club managed to net only one goal in the fourth period, while Connor Stapleton, Cody Smith, and Reid Chase found the net to seal the triumph.
Stanford will on October 20 play at home against Wagner and Bucknell.
STANFORD 11:5 UCSB
(2:1, 3:1, 3:2, 3:1)