Oct. 21, 2002
STANFORD CARDINAL: UCLA (9-5, 1-2 MPSF) will meet the top-ranked Cardinal (16-2, 2-1 MPSF) for the second time in six days at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center at 1:00 pm on Saturday. However, this week's match will count in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings. The Bruins are looking for their first win against Stanford since 2000, when they defeated the Cardinal 10-3 en route to the national championship. In the overall series, Stanford holds a 63-52 edge over the Bruins, including last weekend's loss.
The Cardinal are led this season by 2001 NCAA Player of the Year Tony Azevedo, who leads the MPSF with 59 goals in 18 matches. Three-time All-American goalkeeper Nick Ellis also is tops in the conference with his 5.2 goals allowed average.
LAST WEEKEND: UCLA notched its first MPSF win of the season with its 4-3 victory over then third-ranked California. The win avenged an 11-8 loss to the Golden Bears from the first round of this season's So Cal Tournament. Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby led all scorers with three goals, while Josh Hewko rounded out the Bruin attack with his ninth goal of the season. Goalkeeper Brandon Brooks only allowed three goals on 28 California shots, to match his lowest output of the season (10/6 vs. USC).
The Bruins tuned up for their MPSF match-up with the top-ranked Cardinal with a non-conference meeting in Stanford on Sunday. After being tied heading into the second period, Stanford scored three goals in the quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish. Ormsby led the Bruins with two goals, while Brooks added 12 saves. Despite the loss, the UCLA defense held Stanford's leading scorer and 2001 NCAA Player of the Year Tony Azevedo scoreless for the first time in his collegiate career. Prior to Sunday's contest, he had scored in 40 consecutive matches.
TWENTY-THREE AND COUNTING: Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby is streaking towards his second straight Bruin scoring title, with his team-high 31 goals in 14 matches. The El Cajon native has scored in each of his last 23 matches, including all 14 in 2002 and the last nine contests of the 2001 campaign. Ormsby has also established himself as the Bruins' stand-out shooter, converting two of the Bruins' three penalty shots this season. His skills are also evident on the defensive side of the ball with 14 steals, which ranks second on the team behind Brandon Brooks' 24.
BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins are currently ranked fourth in the most recent American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll after a 9-3 win over Loyola Marymount. The new poll, which will reflect the results from last weekend, will not be released until Wednesday, October 24th.