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No. 2 UCLA Takes Down No. 1 Stanford, 15-13

Feb 7, 2021
Nicolas Saveljic scored the most goals by a Bruin in at least 28 years with eight goals in the upset win over No. 1 Stanford.

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LOS ANGELES -- No. 2 UCLA (4-3, 3-3 MPSF) used an explosive five-goal second quarter against the defending NCAA Champions to take down No. 1 Stanford (1-1, 1-1 MPSF), 15-13, on Sunday morning at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Senior Nicolas Saveljic wrote himself into the MPSF record books, tying the all-time MPSF record for goals in a conference game and was one shy of tying the single game record by an MPSF player in any game with a career-high eight goals. Only two other players have scored eight goals in a game in league play (Ben Hallock, Stanford vs. California on 11/9/19 and Jeff Colyer, Long Beach State vs. UC Santa Barbara on 11/3/96). Additionally, it was the most-ever goals by a Bruin since Ryder Roberts scored seven goals in a win at No. 9 Pepperdine on Oct. 22, 2015.

Saveljic scored the first goal for the Bruins on a power play (4:17) to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. Then freshman Mo Kenney set up Saveljic for his second goal on another power play to tie it up again at 2-2 (1:51). Kenney got in on the scoring with a strike from the outside to put the Bruins up 3-2 (0:17). But Stanford would get an equalizer on a penalty shot to end the scoring in the first period with the game tied at 3-3.

Sophomore Tommy Gruwell set up freshman Tanner Pulice to open the second period with a power play goal (7:06), putting the Bruins up 4-3. Saveljic would put the Bruins back in front at 5-4 with a hat trick by firing a shot after an ordinary (5:45). Sophomore Gabe Discipulo found the back of the net out of two meters to put UCLA up 6-4 (4:53). Then Gruwell scored on a power play (3:37) to push the Bruins' lead to 7-5. Saveljic would add his fourth goal on a redirect to end the scoring in the second period (3:02) to put the Bruins up 8-5 at the break.

Junior Jake Cavano got UCLA on the board first in the second half with a power play goal at the 6:55 mark of the third period. Gruwell then converted a penalty shot (4:53) for his second score of the game to double up the Cardinal at 10-5. Stanford scored the final two goals of the period to trim UCLA's lead to 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

Saveljic would score his fifth of the game to tie his career-high to open the scoring in the fourth (7:43) on a penalty shot to extend the lead to 11-7. After a goal by Stanford, Saveljic scored his sixth of the game after an ordinary (7:03) to make it 12-8. Cavano fired a strike from five meters out to score his second of the game (5:41) to put UCLA up 13-9. After another goal by the Cardinal, Saveljic scored his seventh of the game on a counter (2:39) to put the Bruins up 14-10. Saveljic would net his eighth goal of the game (1:40) to push the lead back to four goals at 15-11. Stanford would tack on two more meaningless power play goals in the final minute to provide the 15-13 final.

Sophomore Bernardo Maurizi had another solid outing in the cage, recording 15 saves, two steals, and two assists in the win.

Andrew Chun registered eight saves for Stanford, which was led in scoring by a hat trick from freshman Ethan Parrish.

The Bruins return to action tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT when they take on the second-ranked Trojans (2-4, 2-4 MPSF) at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 1 Stanford (at USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center)

No. 2 UCLA 3 5 2 5 15
No. 1 Stanford 3 2 2 6 13

6x5 - UCLA - 5/8 - STAN - 6/9
Penalties - UCLA - 2/2 - STAN - 2/2

STAN Goals: Ethan Parrish 3, Tyler Abramson 2, Beck Jurasius 2, Larsen Weigle 2, Walker Seymour 1, Andrew Churukian 1, Soren Jensen 1, Jackson Painter 1
STAN Saves: Andrew Chun 8

UCLA Goals: Nicolas Saveljic 8, Tommy Gruwell 2, Jake Cavano 2, Gabe Discipulo 1, Mo Kenney 1, Tanner Pulice 1
UCLA Saves: Bernardo Maurizi 15