Saveljic Named MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week
WOODLAND, Calif. -- UCLA senior Nicolas Saveljic (Kotor, Montenegro/Maritime School Kotor) has been named the MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week as announced by the league office today.
Saveljic led all MPSF players in goals (11) and total points (12) this week at the USC Round Robin as the Bruins finished the weekend with victories over No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 USC and an overtime loss to No. 2 California. He was also tied for second in the tournament in steals with seven.
He 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 (on 11 shots) in the win over No. 1 Stanford. 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 also recorded two steals, drew one exclusion, and had one assist in the win over the Cardinal. In the overtime loss to the Golden Bears, Saveljic tallied two goals and two steals while winning one sprint. He had the eventual game-winning goal against the Trojans late in the third quarter, his only score of the contest. He also won his only sprint and tallied three steals against USC, two of which came on Trojan power plays. He jumped up to second in the MPSF in scoring with 19 goals on the year.
This is Saveljic's third career MPSF weekly award.
Others nominated: Jack Deely (California), Andrew Chun (Stanford).
The Bruins will take a week off before traveling to Stanford to face USC, California, and Stanford, beginning with the Trojans on Saturday, Feb. 20 at a time TBD.