Dec. 3, 2002
Five members of the UCLA men's water polo team have been named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams as announced on Tuesday.
Senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Honolulu, HI/Punahou) was named to the All-MPSF First Team after leading the conference with 9.86 saves per game. Brooks was the Bruins iron man in the net, playing all but 3:42 of the season. He led UCLA to a Nor Cal Tournament title after averaging 12 saves per game during the weekend and earning MPSF Player of the Week honors. His 6.45 goals allowed average ranked fourth in the conference heading into the MPSF Tournament and ranks seventh in UCLA history. Brooks also finished his career with 700 saves to become UCLA's career saves leader, surpassing Matt Swanson's mark of 695.
Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) was also selected to the All-MPSF First Team after picking up second-team honors last season. Ormsby led the Bruins in scoring with 58 goals in 2002. He was also the only player on the squad to score in every match for UCLA. Ormsby was also named MPSF Player of the Week after scoring three of the Bruins' four goals in a 4-3 win over California on October 19th.
Senior center defender Matt Flesher (Diamond Bar/ Brea Olinda) earned his second consecutive All-MPSF honor, being named to the third-team on Tuesday. Flesher finished the season with 17 goals, which ranked third on the team. He led all scorers with three goals to lead the Bruins over top-ranked Stanford in the MPSF Third-Place match. Flesher has posted double-digit steals and field saves in 2002 with 13 and ten, respectively.
Sophomore center Ted Peck (Irvine/University) was selected as an All-MPSF Honorable Mention for the first conference honor of his career. Peck was second on the team in scoring with 32 goals in 2002. He was a mainstay in the pool starting all of the Bruins' 23 matches. Peck also posted a team-high 55 earned ejections over the season.
Senior center defender Dan Yeilding (San Clemente/San Clemente) will end his Bruin career with an All-MPSF Honorable Mention award. Yeilding came alive in the MPSF Tournament, scoring the game-winning goal in sudden-victory overtime to lead the Bruins over the Trojans, 7-6. In the third-place match, he scored two goals to help lift UCLA over Stanford for the first time since 2000. Yeilding led the team with 13 field saves and finished with ten goals on the year.
Stanford's sophomore driver Tony Azevedo walked away with his second straight MPSF Player of the Year honors after scoring a conference-high 90 goals to average 3.6 goals per game. First-year California Head Coach Kirk Everist was named MPSF Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Bears to a MPSF Tournament title and back to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1995.
All-MPSF Second Team
Dreason Barry, UC Irvine
Russell Bernstein, California (GK)
Predrag Damjanov, USC
Nic Hepner, Pacific
Chris Lathrop, California
Jeff Nesmith, Stanford
Andrew Stoddard, California
All-MPSF Third Team
Nathan Allard, Long Beach St.
Nick Ellis, Stanford (GK)
Matt Flesher, UCLA
Aaron Holloway, Long Beach St.
Karl Niehaus, Pepperdine
Eddie Wisniewski, Pacific
Jaraj Zatovic, USC
Honorable Mention All-MPSF
California - Robbie Arroyo, Will Quist
Long Beach State-Eric Geoffroy
Pepperdine-Scott Harvey, Michael Soltis (GK)
UC Irvine-Garrett Gentry
UCLA- Ted Peck, Dan Yeilding
USC-Bodizar Damjanovic (GK), Gadi Hadar, Jordan Hewko, Stephen Lipinski