Oct. 22, 2001
UCLA THIS WEEK: After holding on to defeat California last weekend, two-time defending NCAA champion UCLA (9-2, 4-0) travels to Stanford (12-0, 5-0) for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo match at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Avery Aquatics Complex. The matchup pits the nation's two top-ranked teams and the MPSF's only unbeaten teams in league play.
The Bruins seek to avenge their only two losses of the season to date. The Cardinal won a non-league match on Sept. 29 by a 10-6 score, the most goals surrendered by UCLA's defense in 2001. The rivals met again on Oct. 14 to decide the champion of the annual NorCal Tournament, with Stanford prevailing 7-4.
LAST WEEKEND: California rallied from a 4-1 second-quarter deficit to force UCLA to overtime in last Saturday's match at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. But Bruin driver Brett Ormsby (Fr., El Cajon/Valhalla) and two-meter defender Matt Flesher (Jr., Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) scored in the extra frame to propel UCLA to an 8-6 victory over the Bears. Senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) tallied four goals and continued his torrid play of late. Tucay has scored 12 times in the Bruins' last five matches.
All-American goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) made eight saves in the contest, including a sparkling stop of a four-meter penalty shot in the first minute that set the tone of the match. The Bruin defense was aggressive throughout and registered a season-high 16 steals. Sophomore driver Albert Garcia (Long Beach/Wilson) notched three assists and scored an important insurance goal in the fourth quarter. The win was the 50th for UCLA head coach Adam Krikorian, who is now 50-12 in three seasons as the men's team's mentor.
STANFORD SYNOPSIS: The Cardinal are led by U.S. National Team standout Tony Azevado, who has scored a league-high 40 goals so far in his freshman season. Azevado has scored five times against the Bruins ... Teammate Peter Hudnut posted a hat trick in the NorCal Tournament final ... Goalie Nick Ellis leads the nation with a goals-against average of 4.80 ... Dante Dettamanti is in his 25th and final season with Stanford and is the second-winningest coach in NCAA history (656 victories in 32 seasons overall).
BRUIN STATS: Ormsby continues to lead UCLA with 24 goals on the year, with Tucay (20), Garcia (15), and Flesher (13) providing a balanced attack ... The Bruins have outscored their opposition 101-66 ... Brooks holds a 5.84 GAA and averages eight saves per match ... Ormsby is the only Bruin to record a multiple-goal performance against the Cardinal, scoring three in the teams' first meeting ... UCLA is 2-0 in overtime this season.
NOTES: Stanford, UCLA, Pepperdine, USC, and California were the top five in last week's American Water Polo Coaches' Association poll ...The rankings are published at 2 p.m. Pacific every Wednesday during the regular season and can be viewed at www.collegiatewaterpolo.com ... Saturday's match time was moved up from 2 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. in order to avoid conflict with the UCLA-Stanford football game ... Avery Aquatics Complex will host the NCAA Final Four on December 1-2.