Oct. 26, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
TOP-RANKED UCLA LOOKS TO AVENGE EARLY LOSS AGAINST THE CARDINAL
For the first time since October 20, 2002, UCLA has found itself in a battle of the top two ranked men's water polo teams in the country. Saturday, as the Bruins take on No. 2 Stanford at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, UCLA will not only be looking to cling to its number one national ranking, but the Bruins will also attempt to redeem themselves for one of their only two losses of the season. Back on September 19 at the SoCal Tournament in Los Angeles, The Cardinal knocked off UCLA 8-7 and the Bruins then went on to fall to then-fourth-ranked California 10-9 later in the day. Since then UCLA has run off eleven straight victories, including a 10-9 overtime victory against Stanford, and has moved to the top of the national rankings. Stanford has won eight of its last nine and is 15-2 overall and is tied with UCLA atop the MPSF with a perfect 3-0 conference record.
BRUINS ALSO TO HOST LONG BEACH STATE
UCLA won't quite be finished after Saturday's contest at the Rose Bowl as the Bruins will play host to #9 Long Beach State Sunday afternoon at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Long Beach State is 11-7 overall and 2-1 in MPSF play.
UCLA ESCAPES WITH 7-6 VICTORY OVER #11 PEPPERDINE
The Bruins needed all 28 minutes last Sunday afternoon to defeat Pepperdine 7-6 at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in Malibu. Senior attacker Albert Garcia scored two goals, including one with 0:31 remaining in the match to give UCLA the decisive edge over the Waves. The Bruins jumped ahead 5-2 heading into halftime but Pepperdine struck back with three unanswered goals in the third sending the match into the fourth period tied at five. Junior Michael March's goal with under four minutes to play, along with Garcia's game-winner, allowed UCLA to extend its winning streak to eleven matches.
With three weeks left to play in the 2004 season, UCLA is knocking on the door of some long-standing individual and team records. With its current eleven-match winning streak the Bruins are barreling down on their longest winning streak since 1995-1996 when they won 15 straight, including the final two in 1995 and the first 13 in 1996. The current streak is the seventh longest in UCLA history. Also, it has been announced that senior attacker Brett Ormsby, who earlier this season recorded his 200th career goal, has now moved into second place on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 220 behind Alexis Rousseau's school record 290. Finally, senior Joe Axelrad is now just 13 saves shy of 300 for his career.
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 6-0 since earning the #1 rank.
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 108- 32 (.771) 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.
Bruin Win Streaks Matches Dates 50* 1964-1968 24 1968-1970 21 1971-1972 19 11/10/89-10/6/90 16** 9/10/88-10/1/88 15 12/1/95-10/13/96 11 9/25/04- 8 10/16/99-11/12/99
* Won final two matches in `64, went 16-0 in `65, 15-0 in `66, 14-0 in `67 and won first three matches in `68 **Began season 16-0 Exact dates not available before 1988