NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
No. 4 Bruins Upset No. 3 California, 4-3

Oct. 19, 2002

The fourth-ranked Bruins earned their first MPSF win of the season with a 4-3 upset of third-ranked California at Berkeley on Saturday afternoon. UCLA improved to 9-4, 1-2 in MPSF play, while the Bears fell to 9-4, 2-2 in conference action.

The Bruin defense and the play of senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks kept the Bears in check throughout most of the game. Brooks tallied nine saves on the afternoon, while facing a Cal attack that produced 28 shots, but scoring only three.

Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby started the scoring, finding the back of the net for the match's first point with 23 seconds remaining in the first period. Both teams' defenses dominated during the first half and UCLA would take the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Ormsby struck again only 1:50 into the second half, extending the Bruin advantage to 2-0. Cal responded with a Attila Banhidy goal at the 3:11 mark in the third period. The Bears evened the score at 2-2 on a Chris Lathrop goal with 34 second left in the third.

The fourth period saw Ormsby complete his hat trick and fellow sophomore driver Josh Hewko give the Bruins back the lead all within the first three minutes. It would be enough to give UCLA the victory.

The Bruins finish their northern swing with a nonconference match at top-ranked Stanford at noon tomorrow in Stanford.

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