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No. 1 UCLA Passes Road Test at No. 5 UCSB, 12-10

Sep 18, 2021
In just his second game back, Nicolas Saveljic paced the Bruins' offense with four goals.

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The top-ranked UCLA Bruins (9-0, 0-0 MPSF) passed another tough road test this week with a 12-10 win at No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (11-2, 0-0 GCC) on Saturday night at UCSB's Campus Pool.

With the win over the Gauchos, UCLA improved to 107-17-1 in the series history.

In just his second game back this season, graduate attacker Nicolas Saveljic tallied a game-high four goals in the win over UCSB.

Sophomore goalkeeper Garret Griggs got the start in the cage and went the distance, recording seven saves while allowing 10 goals.

> Giorgio Alessandria took a nice feed from Tommy Gruwell to open up the scoring (7:21).
> UCLA led 3-1 after a penalty score from Saveljic (4:08) and a goal from the front court by redshirt sophomore attacker Jack Larsen (2:23).
> The Bruins led 4-2 at the end of the period after a goal at two meters from redshirt senior utility Felix Brozyna-Vilim (0:15). UCLA outshot the Gauchos 11-5 in the opening frame.
> The Gauchos won the second period, 5-3, to tie the game at 7-7 at the break.
> The Bruins got goals from junior attacker Andy Rodgers (7:41), Brozyna-Vilim (5:50), and redshirt freshman attacker Gianpiero Di Martire (penalty goal - 2:44).
> After the penalty goal, UCLA led 7-4. But the Gauchos scored the final three goals of the second quarter (Nathan Puentes scored two and Leo Yuno added one).
> UCLA outscored UCSB, 4-1, in the third quarter.
> The Bruins led 9-7 after a penalty goal from freshman attacker Chase Dodd (6:39) and a second goal from Saveljic (3:34).
> UCSB would cut the Bruins lead to one at 9-8 (2:34), but the Gauchos would never get closer.
> Saveljic completed his hat trick (1:42) with a power play goal and then redshirt senior utility Evan Rosenfeld gave the Bruins an 11-8 lead heading into the fourth period (0:47) with a strike from the front court.
> UC Santa Barbara outscored UCLA 2-1 in the last period to provide the 12-10 final.
> Saveljic scored the only goal for the Bruins in the final frame (1:37) on a 6-on-5 opportunity to end his night with four scores.

UCLA is seeded second at next week's MPSF Invitational hosted by California. The Bruins have a first-round bye on Friday, Sept. 24 and will open play against the winner of Pacific/Pepperdine at 10:40 a.m. PT at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Saturday, Sept. 25.

No. 1 UCLA at No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (Regular season game)

No. 1 UCLA 4 3 4 1 12
No. 5 UCSB 2 5 1 2 10

6x5 - UCLA - 3/8 - UCSB - 3/8
Penalties - UCLA - 3/3 - UCSB - 0/0

UCLA Goals: Nicolas Saveljic 4, Felix Brozyna-Vilim 2, Evan Rosenfeld 1,  Jack Larsen 1, Giorgio Alessandria 1, Andy Rodgers 1, Gianpiero Di Martire 1, Chase Dodd 1
UCLA Saves: Garret Griggs 7

UCSB Goals: Nathan Puentes 3, Sam Nangle 2, Cole Brosnan 1, Adam Gyenis 1, Leo Yuno 1, Colton Gregory 1, Ryan Brosnan 1
UCSB Saves: Danny Roland 8