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.