Oct. 5, 2002
The seventh-ranked Bruins rebounded from their heartbreaking overtime loss to USC last week with back-to-back wins in the first day of the Nor Cal Tournament. UCLA defeated Princeton 12-10 in its first match of the day before earning a spot in Sunday's semifinals with a 9-8 victory over sixth-ranked Pacific. The Bruins improve to 4-3 on the season, 0-1 in MPSF play.
Last season's leading scorer Brett Ormsby fired a season-high five goals to lead UCLA over Princeton. After allowing the Tigers to take a 4-2 lead after the first period of play, the Bruins posted four unanswered goals in the second quarter to take the lead for good. Junior driver Albert Garcia added three goals to the Bruin arsenal, while Josh Hewko, Ted Peck and Michael March each tallied a score. John Briscoe sealed the Bruin victory with his goal, his first of the season. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks showed why he is atop the MPSF save statistics with 13 saves in the contest.
After a few hours off, UCLA defeated another pack of Tigers with its 9-8 win over Pacific. The Bruins jumped out to an early 4-2 lead, but found themselves even with Pacific at 7-7 heading into the fourth period. However, UCLA edged the Tigers 2-1 in the last quarter with Peck scoring the game-winner with only :32 left in the match. Peck led all scorers with four goals, which matched his season-high output from last week's loss at USC. Ormsby remained an offensive leader three scores. Peter Belden and Hewko also found the back of the net. Brooks posted eight saves in the match.
With the victory, UCLA will face second-ranked UC Irvine in tomorrow's second semi-final at 11:00 am, while top-ranked Stanford and third-ranked USC face-off in the first semi-final at 9:50 am.