UCLA Water Polo at USC Saturday at 1 PM

Nov. 13, 2001

UCLA THIS WEEK: The Bruin men's water polo team travels to McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles for a crucial postseason tune-up match against USC. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 17). Second-ranked UCLA enters the contest 12-3 overall, while the No. 3 Trojans come in with an 11-5 mark.

MPSF TOURNAMENT: The pairings have been set for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's championship tournament, which will be held Nov. 23-25 at Spieker Aquatic Complex in Berkeley. UCLA will face UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23) in the first round, then will meet either USC or California at 2 p.m. on Day Two. The title game is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Final Four.

LAST WEEKEND: Senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) scored five goals in the Bruins' 14-6 victory over UC Irvine last Saturday at Anteater Aquatics Complex. The match completed the MPSF schedule for both teams. Tucay's performance was the highest single-game output by a UCLA player this season. Reserve two-meter Ted Peck (Fr., Irvine/University) and junior two-meter defender Matt Flesher (Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) each recorded three goals.

UCLA's man-up situations went better than usual as the Bruins converted five-of-seven power-play opportunities. Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) recorded six saves in goal for UCLA.

UCLA vs. USC: The Bruins have taken both meetings with their archrivals so far in 2001. UCLA took the MPSF match 7-5 on Oct. 6 at Sunset Canyon Rec Center. The teams entered the final period of that match tied at 4-4 before Flesher and Brett Ormsby (Fr., El Cajon/Valhalla) each scored on extra to put the match away.

The rivals met again just eight days later in the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament at Palo Alto. The Bruins held off a late Trojan charge to take the contest, 9-8. UCLA scored four times in the third quarter to break a 3-3 tie, but USC answered and held possession for the final 80 seconds with a chance to draw even. But Brooks made the last two of his 11 saves to quash the rally and advance UCLA to the championship game (a 7-4 loss to Stanford).

BRUIN STATS: Ormsby continues to lead UCLA with 30 goals in his first collegiate season, while Tucay follows with 26 and Albert Garcia (So., Long Beach/Wilson) ... The Bruins have won all of their close games this season, posting a 7-0 record in matches decided by two goals or less ... With Saturday's win, the Bruins improved to 40-11 all-time when Brooks is the starting goalkeeper.

NATIONAL POLL: The weekly American Water Polo Coaches' Association collegiate poll will be released Wednesday at 2 p.m. PST ... The poll can be viewed at www.collegiatewaterpolo.com.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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