College NCAA Water Polo (Men)

UCLA winning streak ended by UC Irvine, new triumphs of Cal, Stanford and USC water polo players

Photo: Catharyn Hayne / KLC fotos
Photo: Catharyn Hayne / KLC fotos

UC IRVINE UPSET UCLA BRUINS

Saturday saw UCLA Bruins suffer their first loss this season. UC Irvine surprised them and ended up with a narrow 9:8 win. UCI was better in the first quarter after which the Bruins were trailing (1:2). In the second period, UCLA equalized on three occasions and went on a break with minimum advantage (5:4). Nevertheless, UCI prevailed over the Bruins in the third period which was crucial for the final outcome. Robby Stieffel and Antoine Lena each scored a goal, while UCLA failed to respond. Even though the Bruins woke up in the final period, UCI managed to resist and come out of this match as the winner. Chasen Travisano was UCLA’s top scorer with two goals, while Fynn Schuetze netted four for UC Irvine.

UCLA 8:9 UC IRVINE
(1:2, 4:2, 0:2, 3:3)

 

CAL BEARS OVERPOWER UC SANTA BARBARA

Cal water polo players traveled to Santa Barbara where they triumphed over the hosting team 12:9. Odysseas Masmanidis netted two goals at the start, but afterward, Ivan Gvozdanovic and Cole Brosnan scored announcing a tough battle. Johnny Hooper brought the Bears back into the lead and Luca Cupido raised the advantage to two again. However, Boris Jovanovski brought down the deficit to one before the end of the first period. The second quarter saw no goals for six minutes. Finally, Bear Spencer Farrar found the net and his team managed to preserve the two-goal lead until the break (6:4). Cal confidently controlled the rest of the match went ahead 8:4, 9:5 and 10:6 in the third period. UC Santa Barbara was only able to decrease the deficit to three. Spencer Farrar recorded a hat trick for Cal, as well as did Cole Brosnan for UCSB.

CAL 12:9 UC SANTA BARBARA
(4:3, 2:1, 4:3, 2:2)

 

STANFORD EASILY BEAT SAN JOSE STATE

Stanford water polo club defeated San Jose State, 16:5 at home. Cardinal went ahead 8:0 in the second quarter, and SJS managed to score three minutes before the halftime. The Spartans had no solution for Cardinal’s game and eventually lost to the more experienced team. Ben Hallock excelled with six goals.

STANFORD 16:5 SAN JOSE STATE
(8:1 – 8:4)

 

USC TROJANS COLLECT WINS AT LANCER JOUST

USC water polo club last weekend participated at the Lancer Invitational and traveled to Pepperdine. On September 29, Trojans recorded won both games.

CBU took the first lead after Dominick Nevarez scored the opener, but Vavic quickly equalized, whereas Matt Maier and Daniel Leong contributed to USC’s comeback. CBU stroke back and the result was tied with less than two minutes left until the end of the first period. Then Edwards scored again and Vavic added a pair, so USC had a three-goal lead after eight minutes (6:3). CBU managed to decrease the deficit to two in the second quarter, but USC went on a break with a five-goal lead (9:4). The Trojans stepped up their game in the second half and went ahead 14:5. In the final period, they added two unanswered goals for an emphatic win (16:6). The game’s top scorer was Vavic with four goals, while Blake Edwards added three goals.

USC 16:6 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
(6:3, 3:1, 5:2, 2:0)

 

Fresno Pacific water polo players also had no chance against the Trojans. USC team triumphed again without difficulty and achieved a convincing 24:3 victory. They proved too strong already in the first quarter when they achieved an eight-goal advantage (9:1) and raised it to ten by halftime (13:3). It was then obvious who would be the winner, but the Trojans left Fresno Pacific scoreless in the second half and easily clinched the victory. Edwards scored seven goals and became the sixth USC water polo player with such scoring in one match.

USC 24:3 FRESNO PACIFIC
(9:1, 4:2, 6:0, 5:0)

 

On September 30, USC water polo club defeated Pepperdine, 11:5. The Trojans got off to a perfect start and thanks to their impeccable defense took a 4:0 lead. Despite struggling, Pepperdine was unable to overcome this deficit. The Trojans kept the lead and finished the game in a routine manner.

USC 11:5 PEPPERDINE
(4:0, 2:1, 2:1, 3:3)

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