Oct. 2, 2000
UCLA VS. USC: The Bruins (7-2, 3-0 MPSF) will travel to USC this Saturday to take on the Trojans at 10 a.m at the McDonald's Swim Stadium (PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE IN GAME TIME!). Both teams are undefeated in league play entering this critical MPSF matchup. USC is 9-1 overall and 2-0 in MPSF play. After opening the season with nine straight wins, the Trojans fell to Cal last Sunday, 9-8 in overtime. Before the loss, USC was ranked No. 1.
These two teams met earlier this season in the semifinals of the So Cal Tournament. The Trojans won, 5-4, en route to winning the tournament. Daniel Lontay scored twice for USC, while Matt Flesher led the Bruins with two goals. This season, Pedrag Damjanov leads USC in scoring with 13 goals. Lontay has 12 goals, while Ivan Babic and Tim Wollthan have 10 each.
LAST WEEKEND: UCLA continued its excellent play, defeating UC Santa Barbara 11-3 and Pepperdine 13-6. The Bruins opened up a 6-0 lead against the Gauchos before allowing a goal to end the second quarter. They went on a 5-0 run before allowing a pair of goals in the fourth period. Dave Parker led the team with three goals, while Adam Wright and Albert Garcia added two goals each. Brandon Brooks was solid again in goal, allowing only one goal in three periods of play and making seven saves.
Things went the same way against the No. 8 Pepperdine Waves. UCLA opened the game quickly, scoring goals on the first five possessions, taking a 5-0 lead in only 2:19. Matt Flesher scored three times in the first period, helping the Bruins take a 11-4 lead heading into halftime. Parker, Jeff Pflueger, Brian Brown and Blake Wellen all scored twice for UCLA. Brooks tied his career-high, making 12 saves in goal.
NOTES: UCLA senior Sean Kern scored three goals in the Olympic Tournament, helping the U.S. men's water polo team finish in sixth place ...Adam Wright leads the team in scoring and assists with 21 goals and 15 assists ...In the games against Pacific and UCSB, Brooks allowed only two goals in six periods of play ...In its last three games, UCLA has outscored its opponents 36-10 ...UCLA does not return home again until October 28 when it hosts Loyola Marymount.
RANKINGS: UCLA was ranked No. 2 in the September 27th US Collegiate Water Polo poll. USC held the top spot. UC Irvine, Cal and Stanford round out the top five. Rankings are released every Wednesday.