Oct. 21, 2003
BATTLE FOR GAUNTLET POINTS BEGINS AS BRUINS HOST THE TROJANS:
UCLA (10-4) will conclude its four-match homestand with cross-town rival USC coming to Sunset Canyon Recreation Center for a noon contest. It will be the first meeting between the teams this season and the first in the battle for five Lexus Gauntlet points. The teams will also face-off on November 22 prior to the UCLA vs. USC football game.
The Trojans enter the week with a 12-2 mark, which is the best in the MPSF this season. USC is 3-0 in conference play with victories over California, Stanford and Pacific. The Trojans' leading scorer is Juraj Zatovic, who has posted 34 goals in 14 contests. Goalkeeper Bozidar Damjanovic has emassed 99 saves in only 14 matches.
UCLA HOSTS UC SANTA BARBARA IN MPSF MATCH-UP:
Before hosting the Trojans, the Bruins will take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at noon in a MPSF match-up. The teams played in the Nor Cal Tournament with the Bruins earning a 9-7 win in the first round of the tournament.
The Gauchos are 11-8 on the year with a 0-1 mark in MPSF play. Brian Alexander leads the team with 44 goals, while goalkeeper Rick Wright has recorded 123 saves in 19 matches.
BRUINS UPSET TOP-RANKED CALIFORNIA, DEFEAT PACIFIC IN MPSF OPENNG WEEKEND:
Michael March scored the game-winning goal only two minutes into sudden victory overtime to lead UCLA to a 7-6 win over top-ranked California in its MPSF opener at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Saturday. March led the Bruins with two goals, while goalkeeper Joe Axelrad recorded seven saves.
On Sunday, UCLA improved to 2-0 in conference competition with a 12-4 victory over Pacific at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Brett Ormsby scored six goals in the win, while Grant Zider found the back of the net twice. In the cage, Axelrad split duties with freshman Will Didinger. Axelrad posted four saves in the first half, while Didinger blocked three Tiger shots in the second half.
BRUINS IN THE POLL:
The Bruins remained in the fifth ranking in last week's Collegiate Coaches Water Polo Poll after taking a break from intercollegiate play. The poll is released every Wednesday during the season and can be found at www.collegiatewaterpolo.org.