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No. 1 UCLA Prevails in a Battle of Undefeated Teams

Sep 17, 2021
Sophomore goalkeeper Garret Griggs had eight saves, helping the Bruins post a 9-6 win at No. 6 Long Beach State (8-1).

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- In a battle of two undefeated teams, it was No. 1 UCLA (8-0, 0-0 MPSF) that rose to meet the challenge in a hostile environment, posting a 9-6 win at No. 6 Long Beach State (8-1, 0-0 GCC) on Friday night at Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center.

With the win over the Beach, UCLA improved to 103-21-1 in the series history.

A total of nine different Bruins scored one goal apiece.

Sophomore goalkeeper Garret Griggs got the start in the cage and went the distance, recording eight saves while allowing six goals.

> Senior center Felix Brozyna-Vilim got the Bruins on the board first when he took a nice feed from junior attacker Tommy Gruwell (6:33) and scored from two meters.
> The defensive battle continued all the way to the 0:13 mark when Rafael Real Vergara scored the equalizer (1-1) with a 6-on-5 goal.
> But the tie was broken just 11 seconds later when the Bruins pulled their goalie as Gruwell dialed up his own number on the 7-on-6 to score just before the buzzer (0:02), giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish.
> The Bruins won the second period, 3-1, to build a 5-2 lead at the break.
> Redshirt sophomore attacker Jack Larsen (6:22) and sophomore utility Guillermo Ocasio (4:23) both found the back of the net from the front court to put the Bruins up 4-1.
> Senior attacker/utility Jake Cavano connected on a power play shot (2:03) to end the scoring in the first half.
> UCLA outscored LBSU, 3-2, in the third quarter.
> The Beach scored on their first possession of the second half (7:32) to pull to within two goals (5-3) on a goal by Theodoros Pateros. It would be as close as LBSU would get.
> The Bruins responded with three unanswered goals. Freshman attacker Chase Dodd (7:05) scored on a power play, followed by a power goal from graduate attacker Nicolas Saveljic (6:03), who made his season debut tonight. The final goal in the run by UCLA came from redshirt sophomore utility Giorgio Alessandria (4:19) at set.
> Long Beach State outscored UCLA 2-1 in the last period to provide the 9-6 final.
> Sophomore attacker Makoto Kenney netted the only goal for the Bruins in the fourth on a power play (4:11) to become the ninth different Bruin to score in the game.

UCLA finishes off the weekend with a game at No. 5 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 6:00 p.m. PT.

No. 1 UCLA at No. 6 Long Beach State (Regular season game)

No. 1 UCLA 2 3 3 1 9
No. 6 LBSU 1 1 2 2 6

6x5 - UCLA - 4/8 - LBSU - 1/6
Penalties - UCLA - 0/0 - LBSU - 0/0

UCLA Goals: Jack Larsen 1, Chase Dodd 1, Giorgio Alessandria 1, Felix Brozyna-Vilim 1, Guillermo Ocasio 1, Jake Cavano 1, Makoto Kenney 1, Tommy Gruwell 1, Nicolas Saveljic 1
UCLA Saves: Garret Griggs 8

LBSU Goals: Theodoros Pateros 2, Matt Morris 2, Aaron Arias 1, Rafael Real Vergara 1
LBSU Saves: Andrej Bosanac 8