Sept. 14, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif.
UCLA OPENS HOME SCHEDULE AGAINST LANCERS:
After sweeping matches against Navy and Air Force to open the 2004 season last weekend, the Bruins will look to continue their winning ways against Cal Baptist at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Lancers, 3-1 as of Monday morning, won their season opener against Lindenwood on September 13 before departing for four matches in Hawaii last week. After handling Chaminade 20-7 during their first match at BYU-Hawaii, Cal Baptist fell 14-9 to the hosting Seasiders. The Lancers then bounced back with another 13-6 victory over Chaminade before their scheduled rematch with BYU-Hawaii on Monday night. Senior utility Goran Milic has led the Lancers thus far with 11 goals.
BRUINS ONE OF NINE TOP 10 TEAMS SET TO COMPETE IN SO CAL TOURNEY: Fourteen top-20 schools will face off this weekend at the USC-hosted SoCal Tournament. Among the schools entered are MPSF rivals Stanford, UCSB, Long Beach State, Pepperdine, Cal and Pacific. The Bruins will play their first match against Pepperdine at 3 p.m. on Saturday at off-campus Commerce Pool. UCLA will then play Cal Baptist at 7:45 p.m. at the same location to determine their seed for the Sunday's final rounds.
ORMSBY LEADS BRUINS OVER #11 NAVY WITH SIX GOALS: Senior attacker Brett Ormsby wasted no time getting back into collegiate action after a summer at the Olympics. The El Cajon native e exploded to tie a career high with six goals against the U.S. Naval Academy in the Bruins' season-opening 14-4 victory. Ormsby netted his first goal with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter and then went on to score three more times in under three minutes later in the second quarter.
SEVEN DIFFERENT BRUINS SCORE IN 9-3 WIN OVER #19 AIR FORCE:
Rounding out a successful opening weekend, UCLA scored three goals in the first quarter and never looked back as the Bruins knocked off the Falcons 9-3. David Pietsch and Michael March each scored twice and Josh Hewko, Albert Garcia, Grant Zider, John Blanchette and Ormsby each also got into the action.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS:
UCLA, who finished the 2003 season with a #3 national ranking, begins 2004 in the same slot. The Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top 20 poll, which is released every Wednesday, placed the Bruins third behind #1 Stanford and #2 USC. With 92 points, UCLA is trailed by Cal and Pepperdine to round out the top five.
HEAD COACH ADAM KRIKORIAN:
A bastion of the UCLA men's water polo program as a player and coach, Adam Krikorian begins his sixth season as head coach for both the men's and women's programs and his 11th season on the Bruin staff. After sharing the head coaching duties with Guy Baker for two seasons, Krikorian is in his third season alone at the helm of the two programs.
A winner of nine national championships as a player and a coach, Krikorian has amassed a 94- 30 record in his five seasons with the UCLA men's team. He is second among active water polo coaches in NCAA Championships won with two.