Oct. 19, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
UCLA CAPTURES PERFECT WEEKEND, RUNS WINNING STREAK TO TEN
With convincing victories over #4 Cal, #15 Pacific and #14 UC Davis on the road last weekend, the top-ranked Bruins' men's water polo team raised its winning streak to ten matches, the longest such streak for UCLA since 1996. As UCLA improved to its best record since 1999 at 15-2, the Bruins also opened their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule with the wins over the Golden Bears and Tigers. Now at 2-0 in MPSF play, UCLA sits in first place with six conference matches remaining. Against Cal, the Bruins fell into a quick 3-0 hole after the Bears notched three scores in the first period. But the Bruins battled bat to outscore Cal 10-3 after that with the aid of two goals apiece form Albert Garcia, Ted Peck and Grant Zider. UCLA has not lost to Cal in Berkeley since 1994. On Sunday, the Bruins wasted no time taking care of Pacific as UCLA scored four goals apiece in the first and second periods while scoring two each in the third and fourth. Goalkeeper Will Didinger held the Tigers to four goals, one in each period. The Bruins escaped with the perfect weekend after a 7-5 victory over UC Davis later in the afternoon. Senior Brett Ormsby scored five goals, bringing his weekend total to nine, as the Bruins held off numerous rallies from the Aggies. Goalkeeper Joseph Axelrad came up with five saves.
BRUINS TRAVEL TO MALIBU LOOKING TO CRASH WAVES
Since the Bruins defeated Pepperdine in game one of the SoCal Tournament back on September 18, the Waves have posted a 6-6 record and sit with a 9-8 overall record in 2004. Ranked No. 8 in the nation, the Waves have lost two straight to MPSF opponents Long Beach State and UC Irvine. They will face off against Stanford on Saturday before hosting the Bruins on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. UCLA leads the all-time series between the two schools 60-29-1.
STREAKING ON CAMPUS
Not since 1996, when the Bruins began their season 13-0, has UCLA won ten consecutive matches... until now. The Bruins have not lost since back-to-back defeats at the hands of #2 Stanford and #4 Cal on September 19 on the second day of the SoCal Tournament. Since then, the Bruins have gone 10-0 scoring an average of 10.1 goals per game while limiting opponent to just 5.5 scores per contest. Also in that span, the Bruins have won the prestigious NorCal Tournament, gained the No. 1 national ranking, and senior attacker Brett Ormsby has notched five hat tricks.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
Since the October 6 release of the Men's National Collegiate Top 20 Poll, UCLA has been ranked No. 1 in the nation. The ranking marks the first time since the conclusion of the 2000 season that the Bruins have held the top spot. UCLA has gone 5-0 since earning the #1 rank.
GAME TIME SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
UCLA's MPSF match on October 30 against Stanford has been set for 10 a.m. at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, California. The men's water polo match will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by the UCLA/Stanford football game.
HEAD COACH Adam Krikorian
A bastion of the UCLA men's water polo program as a player and coach, Adam Krikorian begins his sixth season as head coach for both the men's and women's programs and his 13th season with the Bruin water polo program. After sharing the head coaching duties with Guy Baker for two seasons in 1999 and 2000, Krikorian is in his fourth season alone at the helm of the two programs. A winner of nine national championships as a player and a coach, Krikorian has amassed a 107- 32 record in his six seasons with the UCLA men's team. On October 2, 2004, Krikorian notched his 100th career win with the men's team. He is second among active water polo coaches in NCAA Championships won with two.