Oct. 26, 2005
UCLA enters this weekend's play with a 15-4 overall record and a 2-0 mark in conference play. Last week, the Bruins defeated No. 6 UC Santa Diego and No. 14 UC Santa Barbara by scores of 6-5 and 8-2, respectively. The MPSF contest against the Gauchos increased the Bruins' MPSF winning streak to 13 matches. This weekend UCLA travels north to face MPSF foe No. 3 Stanford and non-conference opponent UC Santa Cruz.
TAKING ON THE CARDINAL
Saturday's MPSF match against Stanford will be the third contest between the two schools this season. So far, Stanford (13-3, 2-0) has claimed victory in both contests, defeating UCLA 10-9 in overtime at the SoCal Tournament and then 6-5 at the NorCal Tournament. All-time, The Cardinal leads the series 56-71, but in 2004 UCLA claimed the upperhand, winning three of five matches, including a 10-9 overtime victory in the NCAA Championship contest.
NOTING THE BANANA SLUGS
UC Santa Cruz enters this week with a 4-12 overall record and a 4-7 mark in the WWPA. The Banana Slugs' match with UCLA on Sunday will be the fourth of four contests for UCSC on the week. UCLA leads the all-time series between the two schools 3-0.
Since the start of the 2004 season, UCLA has faced 19 different opponents (some several times) and have lost to only two of them: Stanford and Cal. The Golden Bears and Cardinal have accounted for all seven of UCLA's losses over the past two seasons.
Junior goalkeeper Will Didinger was named the MPSF/Mikasa Player of the Week on Oct. 11 for his part in UCLA's victories over No. 1 California and No. 12 Princeton. For Didinger, a Manhattan Beach native, the honor was the first of the season and of his career. Didinger tallied 14 saves in the two wins and against the Cal, Didinger held the Golden Bears to their lowest point total all season (4) and shut them out in the third period
Led by UCLA redshirt freshmen Chay Lapin (goalkeeper) and Miguel Cidoncha-Simms (attacker), the U.S. Junior National Team took eleventh place earlier this month at the 2005 Junior World Championships in Argentina. Team USA posted a 3-3-2 record at the tournament as Cidoncha-Simms added five goals and six assists and Lapin notched 103 saves (12.9 per game).
A PEACHY SEASON
With 34 goals, senior David Pietsch currently leads UCLA and is tenth in the conference with 1.79 goals per game. Pietsch's 22 assists and 23 steals are also tops on the UCLA squad.
UCLA has two impressive streaks to currently brag about. The Bruins have a 19-match home winning streak and a 13-match MPSF winning streak.