Oct. 30, 2000
THIS WEEKEND: The Bruins (15-2, 5-0 MPSF) host Stanford and Long Beach State in critical MPSF contests this weekend. UCLA hosts Stanford on Saturday at noon at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, three and a half hours before the football game starts. Stanford is currently 10-8 overall and has a 2-4 league mark. Last weekend, the Cardinal defeated Pepperdine in overtime, 9-8, but fell to UC Irvine 10-6. At the Nor Cal Tournament, Stanford rebounded from a rough start to the season to place third. UCLA faced Stanford on October 15 and squeeked out an 8-7 overtime win. Sean Kern scored the game winning goal in the first overtime, his second goal of the game.
The Bruins return to the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Sunday, hosting Long Beach State at noon. UCLA has faced the 49ers once this season, winning 13-6 at the So Cal Tournament in September. Long Beach State is currently 13-7 and 3-1 in the MPSF. The 49ers are coming off a split weekend, falling to California, but narrowly defeating UC Santa Barbara, 9-8 in overtime. Chris Segesman leads the Beach with 42 goals this season.
LAST WEEKEND: The Bruins won their 12th game in a row last weekend, cruising by Loyola Marymount University 16-2. Twelve different Bruins scored in the victory. Every member of the roster saw action, and none of the starters played in the second half. Adam Wright scored two goals in the first period, including a four-meter penalty shot. Brandon Brooks made three saves in the period, including a block of a four meter penalty shot. With strong defense and an offense that couldn't be slowed down, UCLA took a 6-0 lead into the second period.
Dave Parker scored 17 seconds the second period. LMU's first goal of the game came on an extra man opportunity, closing the gap to 7-1. Goals by Matt Flesher and Jeff Pflueger rounded out the scoring in the second period.
With the starters resting, the Bruins continued to dominate, outscoring the Lions 6-1 in the third frame. Kyle Baumgarner and Jon Puffer each scored twice in the period, and Eric Meadows made three saves. Dan Yeilding scored UCLA's final goal in the fourth period and the defense held the Lions scoreless.
NOTES: UCLA Co-Head Coach Guy Baker was named the US Water Polo Coach of the Year after guiding the women's Olympic team to a silver medal in Sydney ... Sophomore goalkeeper Brandon Brooks was named the MPSF Player of the Week for October 23 after leading the Bruins to the Nor Cal Tournament title ... As of October 22, senior Adam Wright was third in the MPSF in scoring, averaging 2.13 goals per game ... Brooks led the MPSF in goals allowed per game (4.80) and saves (8.93) ... UCLA will play its remaining regular season games at home. The games vs. Stanford and USC will be held at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center before the UCLA football games.
RANKINGS: UCLA was ranked No. 1 in the October 25 US Collegiate Water Polo poll. USC was ranked second, and Stanford was third. California and UC Irvine round out the top five. Rankings are released every Wednesday, and can be found at http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.org.