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No. 2 UCLA Crushes No. 17 Whittier, 21-3

Sep 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 21-3 win over No. 17 Whittier in its home opener on Saturday morning at Spieker Aquatics Center. Redshirt freshman James Robinson scored a game-high four goals in his collegaite debut to lead the Bruins.

The Bruins dominated right from the start, scoring the game's first 13 goals. Sophomore Chancellor Ramirez struck first for the Bruins (6:50) followed by a goal from senior Chris Fahlsing (5:46). Sophomore Ryder Roberts made his season debut and put the Bruins up 3-0 at the 5:05 mark of the first period. Senior Paul Reynolds (3:06) and freshman Alex Roelse (2:24) each picked up goals to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period.

UCLA posted another shutout in the second period, outscoring the Poets 7-0 to take a 12-0 lead into the break. Redshirt freshman Jack Grover opened the second period scoring at the 6:28 mark. Then the Bruins got goals from redshirt freshman Maxwell Irving (4:52) and Ramirez (4:16) to extend the scoring run to 8-0. Roberts then scored his second of the game on a 6-on-5 opportunity and then Roelse (3:11) and Reynolds (2:53) each scored their second of the game as UCLA led 11-0. Redshirt junior David Culpan became the eighth different Bruin to score, ending the second period scoring with 0:07 left on the clock.

The third period saw a goalie change for the Bruins as senior Stephen White relieved sophomore Garrett Danner. Robinson scored his first of the game to open the third period scoring on a power play (7:27). Whittier's Nicolas Beavers snapped UCLA's 13-goal streak with an exclusion goal (6:55). But Robinson answered with a power play goal of his own to make it 14-1 (5:39). Sophomore Patrick Woepse scored from set (3:52) and senior Christopher Meinhold scored his first of the game to give UCLA a 16-1 advantage with 2:30 left in the third. Sophomore Jack Fellner became the 12th different Bruin to score (1:41) in the contest to end the scoring in the third with the Bruins' leading 17-1.

The fourth period saw another goalie change as senior James Hartshorne came in to relieve White. Robinson completed a hat trick with a goal at the 7:21 mark of the final period. Whittier's Kyle Catino scored back-to-back goals (7:03 and 6:20) to trim the lead to 18-3. Redshirt freshman Jesse Camou scored the first goal of his collegiate career (6:02) to push the lead to 19-3. Then Robinson registered his fourth of the game to extend the lead to 20-3 (4:57). Meinhold added his second of the game to end the scoring at 21-3 at th 1:23 mark of the fourth.

The Bruins were 3-for-7 on power plays while the Poets were 1-for-6. UCLA was 0-for-1 on penalty shots.

Danner made the start in the cage for UCLA and played the first half, pitching a shutout while registering five saves. White played the third period, allowing one goal while making four saves. Hartshorne played the final period and allowed two goals while being credited with three stops. Ryan Brunansky played the entire game in goal for Whittier and was credited with seven saves.

The Bruins return to action tomorrow with three games at the Inland Empire Classic on Sept. 14 when they face hosts La Verne at 9:00 a.m., followed by neutral site games at La Verne against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (10:20 a.m.) and Occidental (1:00 p.m.).

No. 17 Whittier at No.  2 UCLA

  1 2 3 4 F
No. 17 Whittier 0 0 1 2 3
No. 2 UCLA 5 7 5 4 21

Whittier Goals: Kyle Catino 2, Nicolas Beavers
Whittier Saves: Ryan Brunansky 7

UCLA Goals: James Robinson 4, Chancellor Ramirez 2, Paul Reynolds 2, Ryder Roberts 2, Christopher Meinhold 2, Alex Roelse 2, Jack Fellner, David Culpan, Maxwell Irving, Jesse Camou, Patrick Woepse, Jack Grover, Chris Fahlsing
UCLA Saves: Garrett Danner 5, Stephen White 4, James Hartshorne 3