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Seventh-Ranked Bruins Defeat Third-Ranked USC, 6-3, To Capture Nor Cal Tournament Title

Oct. 6, 2002

Bekeley, Calif. - After a 7-5 win over second-ranked UC Irvine in the Nor Cal Tournament semi-finals, UCLA avenged last weekend's double overtime loss to USC, with a 6-3 victory over the Trojans to win the Nor Cal Tournament Championship. With the win, UCLA takes the lead in the Gauntlet Trophy standings and improves its record to 7-3 overall.

With both of their previuos meeting being decided in overtime, the Bruins decided to take charge early, building a 3-1 lead over USC in the first period. After the first quarter, each team's defense took over, with each allowing only one goal per quarter for the rest of the contest. Much of UCLA's success can be attributed to the stellar play of three-time All-American goalkeeper Brandon Brooks, who recorded a season-high 16 saves and shut-out the Trojans in the final period.

As he had done throughout the weekend, sophomore driver Brett Orsmby spearheaded the Bruin attack with two goals, while Ted Peck and Albert Garcia scored twice apiece. Ormsby led all UCLA scorers over the weekend with 13 goals.

In the morning match, UCLA followed its familiar game plan and led the Anteaters 5-2 at the half. However, UC Irvine would not surrender, rallying with three goals in the final period. Yet, the steady Bruin attack, who scored a goal in each period of the second half, gave them the win. Ormsby led all attackers with three goals, while Peck maintained his dominance at center with two goals. Garcia and Josh Hewko also found the back of the net.

The Bruins will host their first matches of the season when Pepperdine, which finished sixth in the tournament, comes to Sunset Canyon Recreation Center for a 10:00 am MPSF match on Saturday, October 12th. The following day, Loyola Marymount will visit UCLA for a 12:00 pm non-conference match.

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