Oct. 25, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team (13-2 overall, 6-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) hopes to extend its four-game winning streak and improve upon its perfect conference record when the Bruins travel south for Halloween weekend. UCLA will face ninth-ranked UC Irvine (7-11 overall, 0-4 MPSF) Saturday, Oct. 30 for an MPSF game at the Anteater Pool scheduled to begin at noon. Sunday, Oct. 31, the Bruins continue their brief two-game road stint at No. 7 UC San Diego (15-7 overall) in La Jolla for a non-conference match at noon. The Bruins sit atop the MPSF standings and remain the only undefeated team in conference play. At the other end of the spectrum, UC Irvine looks to climb out of the cellar as the only team not to have won a league match.
LAST WEEKEND'S RECAP: UCLA won its fifth and sixth straight conference matches over the weekend, defeating Pepperdine 13-6 and Pacific 15-8. Junior Sean Kern scored a season-high five points and junior Brian Brown tallied three points including his fourth two-pointer of the year to lead the Bruins over the Waves in Malibu Saturday. UCLA came back from a 3-2 deficit in the first quarter to score four points in the second quarter to take a 6-3 advantage into halftime. Five points in the final frame sealed the victory for the Bruins. Senior Matt Armato added a goal while juniors Adam Wright and Dave Parker each scored a pair in the game. UCLA returned home Sunday to score a season-high 15 points in the 15-8 victory over Pacific. Redshirt freshman Kyle Baumgarner had a career day, scoring the first three goals of his collegiate career, while Wright also added a hat trick of his own. Brown and Kern each scored two goals, while Armato, Parker, junior Andy Bailey, sophomore Jeff Pflueger and junior Blake Wellen all added single points.
UC IRVINE NOTES: The Anteaters, still in search of their first league victory of the season, lost two of three matches played last week. UCI opened the week with a 7-5 victory over Long Beach State at Belmont Plaza on Oct. 19 before dropping two straight over the weekend, falling 9-2 to UC Santa Barbara and 8-5 to top-ranked USC. Jeff Powers leads the team with 26 points, followed by John Dorfi with 23 points and Dan Hayes with 22. The Anteaters are coached by Ted Newland in his 34th season. UCLA and UCI have already met twice this year with the Bruins winning both games: 13-3 in the season opener for both teams at UCLA and 12-8 in the SoCal Tournament. UC Irvine leads the all-time series against the Bruins 54-45-1.
UC SAN DIEGO NOTES: Non-conference opponent UC San Diego will host UC Santa Barbara Saturday before the Bruins come to town Sunday. The Tritons, coached by Denny Harper, have lost two straight, including a 9-7 overtime decision to Pepperdine last Friday. Sunday marks the first meeting of the season between these two teams. UCSD has never defeated the Bruins, with UCLA holding the all-time series advantage 38-0. Last year, the Tritons finished third in the NCAA championships.