Sept. 28, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
UCLA this week will continue gearing up for the MPSF season as the No. 4 Bruins take on WWPA foe Loyola Marymount on the road before hosting UC Irvine at the Rose Bowl in its first home contest of the year. Last weekend the Bruins defeated MPSF-opponent Pepperdine, 7-5, in a non-conference matchup in Malibu. In this Saturday's non-conference contest against the Anteaters, UCLA will look to extend its current 14-match home winning streak, dating back to November 8, 2002.
Bruins Ride Waves to Victory
Junior Logan Powell and freshman Krsto Sbutega each scored two goals and junior goalkeeper Will Didinger made nine saves as UCLA upended Pepperdine, 7-5, at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool last Sunday. The Bruins took a 4-2 lead into halftime but allowed Pepperdine to tie the match halfway through the third period. Consecutive UCLA goals soon after propelled the Bruins to a 6-4 lead and the defending national champs never looked back.
Lapin and Cidoncha-Simms Join Junior National Team
UCLA water polo freshmen Chay Lapin and Miguel Cidoncha-Simms have been named to the U.S. Junior National team roster and will compete for the United States in the Junior World Championships next month, USA Water Polo announced Sept. 22. Lapin and Cidoncha-Simms, who are expected to redshirt for UCLA this season, will be among 13 players led by Head Coach Doug Peabody at the World Championships near Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-15, 2005.
Bruins Atop National Stats
According to the national scoring summary released on Sept. 28, UCLA is second in the nation in team scoring. The Bruins' 122 goals in their first nine matches creates a 13.6 goals per game average, second only behind UCSD's 16.6 ppg.
Game Times Set
UCLA's game on October 1 at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center against UC Irvine has been set for a 3:30 p.m. start. The following Saturday's match (October 8) against California, also at the Rose Bowl, has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Both game times are approximatley three hours prior to the start of the UCLA football game.
Deja Vu All Over Again
In 2004, UCLA entered the SoCal Tournament with a 3-0 record and then went on to sweep Pepperdine and Cal Baptist in the tournament's first day before falling to Stanford (8-7 in OT) and California (10-9 in OT) in day two action. Ironically enough, the 2005 Bruins entered this year's SoCal Tournament with a 4-0 record, swept through the tournament's first day, only to lose to Stanford (10-9 in overtime again) and Cal (8-7 in OT) again. Last year's squad went on to win 18 straight games and eventually a national title after the back-to-back losses at the SoCal Tournament, only time will tell for the 2005 squad.