Sept. 6, 2005
UCLA swept its way through last weekend's BYU Hawaii Tournament, winning two matches each against No. 16 BYU Hawaii and Division II opponent Chaminade. The Bruins defeated Chaminade 30-2 in their season opener before taking down BYU Hawaii, 15-4 later that same afternoon. Another 15-2 win over Chaminade and a 16-6 win against BYU Hawaii rounded out the successful season-opening trip.
With it's 30-2 victory over Chaminade on Sept. 3, the 2005 UCLA team joined the 1970 and 1971 teams as the only Bruin squads to ever scored 30 points in a match. That 1970 team set what is still the UCLA record for goals in a game as it notched 39 against Air Force. In 1971, UCLA scored 37 goals against Washington in an NCAA Tournament match. The most goals that had been scored since then was 27, a feat accomplished by both the 1988 and 1990 teams.
After winning the first four matches of 2005, UCLA has now won 24 of its last 25 and 29 of its last 32 matches, dating back to last season. More impressively, Head Coach Adam Krikorian, who also coached the UCLA women's water polo team to an NCAA title in 2005, has now won 39 consecutive matches and 62 of the last 65 between both his teams.
Shooting Out of the Gate
Sophomore utility player Justin Johnson, after scoring just one goal in three attempts as a freshman in 2004, is already the UCLA team leader with eight goals after the season's first four matches. Johnson scored three goals in the opener against Chaminade, one in the first game against BYU and then two in each of UCLA's last two games in Hawaii. Redshirt freshman Russell Simpkins, after notching four goals in the opener against Chaminade, is second on the young team with seven goals.
2005 Alumni Match
The Bruins will take this weekend off from competitive action as UCLA hosts the 2005 Alumni Match at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
During the weekend of September 17-18, UCLA will once again participate in the annual SoCal Tournament, this year to be hosted by UC Irvine. The complete list of teams competing includes Bucknell, California, Cal Baptist, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Navy, Pacific, Pepperdine, Redlands, Stanford, USC, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara. Seeding for the tournament will be announced later this week.
Those wishing to request interviews with any current UCLA water polo player or coach must contact the UCLA Sports Information office at 310-206-4008. Players and coaches are available after practice Monday-Friday at approximately 5 p.m.