Sept. 19, 2000
UCLA VS. PACIFIC: Next Sunday, in UCLA's MPSF opener, the Bruins will travel to the University of the Pacific for a noon showdown. The Tigers are coming off a 1-3 weekend at the So Cal Tournament. They finished eighth, falling to Long Beach State 9-7 in the seventh place game. Their overall record fell to 3-4.
UCLA leads the series with the Tigers, 17-3. In the only meeting last year, UCLA won 15-8. Head Coach Courtney Porter was named the MPSF Coach of the Year last year after leading the Tigers to a 14-13 overall record and a fourth place finish at the MPSF Tournament.
SO CAL TOURNAMENT: The Bruins placed third in the tournament, defeating No. 1 California 10-7 in the third place game. UCLA fell to eventual tournament champions, USC, 5-4 in the semifinals.
The Bruins opened the tournament strong, getting wins over Long Beach State (13-6) and UC Santa Barbara (10-4). Senior co-captain Adam Wright led the way with six goals in the two games. Matt Flesher scored four times in the two games. The Bruins did not allow either team to score in the third period. Brandon Brooks made a career-high 12 saves in the win over Long Beach State.
In the first semifinal on Sunday, the Bruins played a tough game against USC, falling 5-4. Flesher led UCLA with two goals, while Andy Bailey and Jeff Pflueger contributed one each. Brooks made 10 saves in the loss.
Wright and Brian Brown led the team with three goals each in the 10-7 third place victory over No. 1 California. Brian Brown gave the team a 7-4 advantage in the third period after scoring consecutive extra-man goals.
LAST WEEK vs. PRINCETON: UCLA opened the weekend with its first victory of the season over the visiting Princeton Tigers, 13-3. Nine different players scored for the Bruins, including first collegiate goals by Alfonso Tucay, Ryan Brown and Albert Garcia. In addition, goalie Eric Meadows saw the first action of his UCLA career, making two saves in the fourth quarter. The Bruins led 11-1 heading into the fourth period before allowing the Tigers to score a pair of goals in the final frame. Wright and Brian Brown scored three times for UCLA, while Jon Puffer had the first multi-goal game of his career, adding two goals. Brooks made five saves in three periods of play.
RANKINGS: The Bruins were ranked fifth in last week's US Collegiate Water Polo poll after falling to UCI in the first week of play. The Anteaters moved up to second after the win, with Cal sliding into the top spot. Stanford and USC were ranked third and fourth, respectively.