Water Polo Visits UC Irvine Saturday

Nov. 5, 2001

UCLA THIS WEEK: The Bruin men's water polo team travels to Irvine to tackle the UCI Anteaters in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Anteater Aquatics Complex UCLA (11-3 overall, 6-1 MPSF) will finish in second place in the regular season standings behind Stanford regardless of Saturday's outcome.

LAST WEEKEND: UCLA staged a rally late in its 8-7 victory over third-ranked Pepperdine last Saturday. Freshman driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) finished with three goals, including two scores in the final 75 seconds to erase the Waves' one-goal lead and steal the match. Jeff Pflueger (Sr., Santa Ana/Foothill) recorded two goals and two assists for his greatest offensive production of the season. Junior two-meter defender Matt Flesher (Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) added a goal and three assists.

On Sunday, UCLA's underclassmen made sure that Senior Day at Sunset Canyon Rec Center would not be spoiled by UC Santa Barbara. Sophomore Albert Garcia (Long Beach/Wilson) scored twice in the first quarter and the Bruins built a 5-1 halftime lead. The Gauchos rallied for three unanswered goals before UCLA reestablished control late in the third period. Ormsby's second goal of the match with three minutes left in regulation proved to be the eventual game-winner as UCLA defeated UCSB 8-7.

UCLA vs. UC IRVINE: The first meeting between the teams set the tone for their respective seasons. UCLA dropped UCI 12-2 on Sept. 8 at Westwood. Ormsby scored four times and three other Bruins added two tallies each. Irvine has lost five straight matches since finishing seventh at the NorCal Tournament. The Anteaters are 5-10 overall and are just 1-5 in conference matches. The Anteaters dropped matches to USC (9-7) and UC San Diego (11-9) last weekend.

BRUIN STATS: Ormsby continues to lead UCLA with 29 goals in his first collegiate season, while Garcia and Alfonso Tucay (Sr., Burbank/Burroughs) each have scored 21 times ... All-American goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) holds a 6.18 goals-against average for the season, but has allowed nearly seven goals per match against tougher competition since the NorCal Tournament ... The Bruins have won all of their close games this season, improving to 7-0 in matches decided by two goals or less ... UCLA finished its home schedule with a 4-1 record.

LOOKING AHEAD: UCLA closes out its regular season with a non-league encounter against crosstown rival USC on Nov. 17 at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The time for that match is dependent on the start time of the Bruins-Trojans football game, which will be released this week ... The Bruins' first-round opponent at the conference tournament at Berkeley on Nov. 23 will be either UCSB or the loser of Tuesday's match between UC Irvine and Long Beach State. UCLA is a combined 4-0 against those three teams in 2001.

NATIONAL POLL: The weekly American Water Polo Coaches' Association collegiate poll will be released Wednesday at 2 p.m. PST ... The poll can be viewed at www.collegiatewaterpolo.com.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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