October 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) scored four goals and All-American goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) made 12 saves, leading the third-ranked UCLA men's water polo team to a 6-4 victory over No. 2 USC Saturday afternoon before 350 fans at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
"It's the best feeling in the world when you score and it helps your team win," Ormsby said.
The victory elevated UCLA (5-1, 3-0 MPSF) to a share of first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while USC's overall and conference marks each fell to 3-2.
The Trojans' Daniel Lontay opened the scoring with a penalty shot in the third minute. But UCLA responded with three unanswered tallies, two from Ormsby and one from senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs). Following a scoreless second quarter, UCLA held a 3-1 halftime advantage.
After Lontay and Tucay traded scores midway through the third period, USC rallied with two extra-man goals - Lontay's third tally and an equalizer from Predrag Damjanov with 0.6 second remaining - to tie the match at 4-4.
Three minutes into the final period, USC two-meter Nenad Proporski fouled out of the match. The Bruins converted the resulting power play as Ormsby made his hat trick. The Trojans were then whistled for ejections on each of UCLA's next two series. Junior Matt Flesher (Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) and Ormsby each hit the mark to put the match out of USC's reach. On the day, Flesher and Albert Garcia (So., Long Beach/Wilson) each had two assists.
"It was a tough, physical match," Tucay said. "But everybody was intense and on the same page, and it got us a win."
Bruin head coach Adam Krikorian was impressed by his team's performance. "The way we came out in the fourth quarter and regained our composure after [USC] tied it up was the difference."
USC sophomore goalkeeper Bozidar Damjanovic registered 10 saves, and was commended by Trojan head coach Jovan Vavic for his play.
"This was an improvement of the Stanford game, but things just didn't go our way," Vavic said. Both teams will travel to Stanford next weekend for the annual Northern California Tournament.
USC 1 0 3 1 - 5
UCLA 3 0 1 3 - 7
USC-Daniel Lontay 3 (1 penalty), Predrag Damjanov, James Shin
Goalkeepers - USC - Bozidar Damjanovic (7 GA, 10 Saves), UCLA - Brandon Brooks (5 GA, 12 Saves)
Shots - USC 27, UCLA 24
Extra Man - USC 3-7, UCLA 4-6
Fouled Out - USC, Proporski
Yellow Card - USC, coach Vavic