In the night cap of the NCAA opening rounds games, the Princeton Tigers faced off against the UCLA Bruins.After a slow start to the 1st period, UCLA struck first on a goal by Travasano. UCLA got their second goal of the period on a Direct shot by Di Martire. UCLA’s 3rd of the period was produced by Alessandria on a quick catch and release shot. Princeton finally got on the board with a 5 meter penalty conversion by Quinones but Gruwell produced UCLA’s 4th goal after a costly turnover in the Princeton zone. The 1st period ended with UCLA leading 4-1.
Princeton struck first in the second period on a 6 on 5 goal by Napole, that goal pulled the Tigers to within 2. UCLA responded with a 5 meter penalty conversion by Gruwell and Princeton quickly responded with a goal by Polaris. UCLA scored again to go back up by three goals. Consecutive goals by UCLA’s Dodd and Kenney extended the UCLA lead to 5. A 6 on 5 goal by Princeton’s Caras helped close the gap, but Gruwell found the back of the net as time expired in the 2nd period to bring UCLA’s lead to 9-4.
Things went as expended in the second half with Princeton getting goals by Polaris and Cooper, UCLA got goals by Larsen, Saveljic and Di Martire and the final outcome was never in doubt. As expected UCLA was able to control the game from the start, and cruised to a convincing 12-6 victory.
Princeton 6 – 12 UCLA (1-4, 3-5, 1-1, 1-2)
Princeton: Pozaric 2, Caras 1, Cooper 1, Neapole 1, Quinones 1
UCAL: Cavano 1, Larsen 1, Di Martire 2, Dodd 1, Travasano 1, Saveljic 1, Kenny 1, Gruwell 3, Alessanria 1