Nov. 22, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing loss to cross-town rival USC by setting its sights on attaining a conference title this weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at UC Irvine.
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 17-3 overall record, and 8-0 in MPSF action. A conference championship would give UCLA a berth to the NCAA Tournament Dec. 4-5. An additional berth to the four-team NCAA tournament field will be awarded to the MPSF team with the best overall record following the conference championships this weekend.
Those teams looking to contend with UCLA for the second NCAA tournament bid are USC (20-4) and Stanford (19-4).
LAST WEEKEND'S RECAP: With UCLA leading 7-6 late in the third quarter, third-ranked USC scored four unanswered points en route to a 10-7 victory at McDonald's Swim Stadium prior to the USC-UCLA football game last Saturday morning. It was a see-saw battle through the first three quarters, with the lead changing hands four different times. With the Trojans up 6-4 early in the third quarter, junior Adam Wright ignited a Bruin come-from-behind rally with three straight goals. But USC senior Allan Basso followed with the first point of a 4-0 Trojan run to finish the game. Junior Sean Kern scored two goals, while junior Andy Bailey and redshirt freshman Matt Flesher each scored one.
USC senior goalkeeper Richard McEvoy pulled down a career high 16 saves, averting many late-game attempts by the Bruins to even the score. The Trojans have won two of the three games with UCLA this season, but the Bruins emerged victorious 7-5 in the game which counted in MPSF standings, Nov. 12.
Friday, Nov. 26
9:00 a.m. Game 1 Play-in for #8 seed: #8 UCSB vs. #9 UC Irvine 10:30 a.m. Game 2 #4 Cal vs. #5 Long Beach State 12:00 p.m. Game 3 #3 USC vs. #6 Pacific 1:30 p.m. Game 4 #2 Stanford vs. #7 Pepperdine 3:00 p.m. Game 5 #1 UCLA vs. Winner 1
Saturday, Nov. 27
9:00 a.m. Game 6 Losers 2 vs. 5 10:00 a.m. Game 7 Losers 3 vs. 4 12:00 p.m. Game 8 Winners 2 vs. 5 1:30 p.m. Game 9 Winners 3 vs. 4
Sunday, Nov. 28
9:00 a.m. Game 10 7th place game (Losers 6 vs. 7) 10:30 a.m. Game 11 5th place game (Winners 6 vs. 7) 12:00 p.m. Game 12 3rd place game (Losers 8 vs. 9) 1:30 p.m. Game 13 1st place game (Winners 8 vs. 9)
MPSF TOURNAMENT NOTES: The Bruins could face either UC Santa Barbara (10-13 overall, 2-6 MPSF) or UC Irvine (7-16, 0-8) in the opening game of the MPSF Tournament, two teams that have not defeated UCLA this season. The Bruins dropped the Gauchos 9-3 at home in their only meeting of the year. UCLA has defeated the Anteaters twice this season, 13-3 in the season opener at home and 7-3 at UCI.
BRUIN NOTABLES: The last time the Bruins finished the regular MPSF season with a perfect 8-0 record was 1995, a year in which they won an NCAA championship title'UCLA is entering the MPSF tournament with its best pre-tournament record since 1996 (21-4), the second straight year the Bruins captured an NCAA title'The Bruins have held a No. 1 national ranking for the last four weeks, including six weeks total this season'UCLA has not been ranked less than third in 1999.