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Sixth-Ranked Men's Water Polo Enjoys Weekend Off And Alumni Festivities
By: UCLA Athletics

Sept. 17, 2002

Alumni Match: After a playing four matches in two days at the So Cal Tournament, the Bruins will take a break from intercollegiate play with their annual Alumni game on Sunday. The 2002 squad will face -off with Bruin legends from the past in a 12:00 PM match at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

Parking will be limited around Sunset Canyon Recreation Center due to the move-in weekend in the near-by dorms. Lot 4, off Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Plaza, would be the best parking option to avoid the move-in traffic.

Last Weekend: Sixth-ranked UCLA moved its season into high gear with last weekend's So Cal Tournament held at USC. After dropping their first match of the season at UC Irvine, the Bruins finished the weekend with a 3-2 record and a fifth-place finish.

Fourth-ranked California was first up for UCLA and handed the Bruins their second loss in as many matches. After the Golden Bears led 4-2 at halftime, UCLA came back with five second half scores to even the match at 7-7 and take it into overtime. However, the Bruin charge was fell short as California scored four times in OT to earn an 11-8 win. Matt Flesher and Brett Ormsby both scored two goals in the loss.

Hours later, UCLA rebounded with a 7-6 win over Navy, who had lost a 15-5 decision to California earlier in the day. Driver Josh Hewko led the Bruins with two goals in the victory.

In the first match of Day Two, the Bruins defeated MPSF foe and ninth-ranked Long Beach State, 4-2. UCLA scored three goals in the first half to take a lead they would never relinquish. The win earned them a spot in the fifth-place match against second-ranked USC.

The Bruins used the same game plan against the Trojans and scored three unanswered goals in the first quarter. After trailing 6-3 at the half, USC rallied with four second half goals to send the match into overtime. However, UCLA scored two goals in the first overtime period and Brandon Brooks recorded three saves in each overtime period to lead the Bruins to a 9-7 win. Freshman Michael March scored his first three collegiate goals in the win to lead UCLA, including one of the overtime scores. Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby scored in each match over the weekend and is tied for the lead on the team with Flesher at seven goals apiece. Brooks allowed a mere nine goals on the second day of competition and allowed only 26 goals over 124 minutes of play during the tournament.

The Lexus Gauntlet Trophy: The Bruins' victory over USC marked the first contest in the year-long Lexus Gauntlet competition. The Gauntlet Trophy will be awarded to the school that does the best in head-to-head competition over the course of the 2002-2003 school year. There are five points up for grabs during the men's water polo series. The teams will meet on Saturday, September 28th at USC and again at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Saturday, November 23rd. For more information on standings and the point system, go to

Bruins In The Poll: UCLA dropped to sixth in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Poll after its loss to UC Irvine on September 8th. The new poll, which will include the results from the So Cal Tournament, will not be released until Wednesday, September 18th.

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