Nov. 28, 1999
WESTWOOD, Calif. -After capturing the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title Sunday by defeating Stanford 12-11 in overtime, the UCLA men's water polo team is the No. 1 seed going into the NCAA Championships at UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. Dec. 4-5.
The Bruins (20-3 overall, 8-0 MPSF) will face fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts (28-5) Saturday Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. Second-seed Stanford (21-5 overall, 7-1 MPSF), who received the MPSF at-large berth, will meet third-seed UC San Diego (19-10) Saturday at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, the third place game will be held at noon, while the national championship game will take place at 1:30 p.m.
UCLA will contend for its third national title in five years, as the Bruins won back-to-back championships in 1995 and '96. UCLA has not appeared in the NCAA championships since 1996. The Bruins also won titles in 1969, 1971 and 1972.
UCLA leads the all-time series with UMass 2-0. These teams last met in 1996, with the Bruins emerging victorious 14-6. In 1990, UCLA defeated the Minutemen 18-2. UMass has made five NCAA tournament appearances in the last six years, including a fourth place finish last year.
Stanford, a conference opponent of the Bruins, leads the all-time series record 57-50. However, UCLA defeated the Cardinal three times in four meetings this season. The Bruins dropped UC San Diego 12-4 on Halloween of this year and lead the all-time series 39-0.
1999 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship @ UC San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday, Dec. 4 Game 1 Semi-final #1 UCLA vs. #4 Umass 1:30 p.m. Game 2 Semi-final #2 Stanford vs. #3 UC San Diego 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5 Game 3 Third Place Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 Noon Game 4 Champ. Winner 1 vs. Winner 2 1:30 p.m.