Nov. 4, 2002
LONG BEACH STATE: UCLA (10-6, 2-3 MPSF) will look to even its MPSF record when it hosts ninth-ranked Long Beach State (13-13, 1-5 MPSF) in a 3:00 pm Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match-up on Friday at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. UCLA holds a 79-18-1 edge over the 49ers in the series, including a 4-2 win over Long Beach in the first round of the Nor Cal Tournament earlier this season. The 49ers enter the week on a three-match win streak with victories over UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz.
Sophomore two-meter player Erik Geoffroy leads Long Beach State with 46 goals in 26 matches, while senior driver Aaron Holloway follows closely with 44 scores on the season. Goalkeeper Michael Konstas is averaging 8.55 goals allowed and 7.20 saves per match.
UC SANTA BARBARA: The Bruins will face off with UC Santa Barbara (6-15, 0-6 MPSF) for the first time this season when they visit the Gauchos for a 1:00 pm MPSF match at Rec Center Pool on Saturday. UCLA holds a similar margin of victory over the Gauchos with a 77-16-1 advantage in the series. UCSB is currently on a five match losing streak, dropping a close 8-6 decision to Pepperdine last weekend.
The tandem of sophomore Andrew Schoneberger and senior Anthony Borasi heads up the Gaucho attack with 29 goals each. Freshman goalkeeper Sherwin Kim has posted 135 saves to average 6.4 saves per game, while allowing 9.1 goals.
LAST WEEKEND: UCLA got back on track after back-to-back losses to top-ranked Stanford with a 9-6 MPSF win over fifth-ranked UC Irvine. Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby lengthened his scoring streak to 25 consecutive matches by leading all scorers with four goals in the contest. Sophomore center Ted Peck and senior center defender Matt Flesher both recorded two goals, while sophomore driver Peter Belden also found the back of the net. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks posted eight saves, while allowing six goals.
BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins are currently ranked second in the most recent American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll. The new poll, which will reflect the results from last weekend, will not be released until Wednesday, November 6th.