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Fourth-Ranked Bruins Head to Irvine for So Cal Tournament

Sept. 15, 2003

THE SO CAL TOURNAMENT: UCLA (1-1) will look to improve upon its early record when it heads to the So Cal Tournament at UC Irvine over next weekend. The Bruins are seeded second in their bracket, along with first-seeded and fifth-ranked Pepperdine and third-seeded and 19th-ranked Cal Baptist. First up for UCLA on Saturday will be Cal Baptist, who it defeated 12-5 in the Pepperdine Tournament, in a 10:15 a.m. match-up. In another re-match from last weekend, the Bruins will face-off with Pepperdine at 2:35 p.m.

The Lancers opened their season at Malibu last weekend, splitting matches with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (W, 12-7) and the Bruins (L, 12-5). Filip Lugovic led Cal Baptist with three goals over the two matches, while Gordon Milic and Brett Peterson each recorded two scores.

The Waves claimed a 16-4 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps along with their 7-4 win over the Bruins in their opening weekend of play at the Pepperdine Tournament. Freshmen Garrit Barth and Doug Mann each posted hat tricks in Pepperdine's win over Claremont, while Morgan Matthies scored a pair of goals against UCLA.

BRUINS SPLIT A PAIR OF MATCHES AT PEPPERDINE: The Bruins split their weekend matches with a 7-4 loss to fifth-ranked Pepperdine before a 12-5 victory over 19th-ranked Cal Baptist at the Pepperdine Tournament in Malibu.

Junior driver Brett Ormsby picked up where he left off, after leading the Bruins in scoring for the past two years, with two goals in UCLA's opening match against Pepperdine. Redshirt freshman center Grant Zider made his presence known early in his career with the other two Bruin goals in his first collegiate match.

UCLA jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter of play against Cal Baptist behind a first period hat trick from Ormsby and never looked back. Peter Belden also found the back of the net in that quarter, before scoring again in the second frame. Nine different Bruins scored in the contest, including redshirt freshmen Brad Greiner and Thomas Foley, who posted their first goals as Bruins.

BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins opened the season ranked fourth in the first Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association poll. At the conclusion of the 2002 season, UCLA was also ranked fourth.

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