Oct. 16, 2000
THIS WEEKEND: The Bruins (10-2, 5-0 MPSF) will travel to Northern California for the second weekend in a row to take part in the 16-team Northern California Tournament, hosted by the University of the Pacific. UCLA is seeded first and will take on 16th seed UC Santa Cruz on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at Chris Kjeldsen Pool at Pacific. Games will be held at Kjeldsen Pool and at Tokay High School in Lodi, Calif.
If UCLA wins, it will play the winner of the Pacific-Pepperdine game at 1:30 p.m. UCLA beat both teams earlier this year. It won easily at Pacific 12-1 in its MPSF opener, and cruised against Pepperdine 13-6.
LAST WEEKEND: The Bruins extended their winning streak to seven when they won two games in the Bay Area this weekend. The Bruins overpowered the No. 4 Cal Bears, winning 11-5. UCLA took a 3-1 lead after the first quarter, and a 7-3 lead after two periods. Adam Wright and Brian Brown scored three goals each for UCLA. Brandon Brooks made 12 saves in goal, including two blocked four meter penalty shots. Matt Flesher added a pair of goals, while Andy Bailey, Sean Kern and Dave Parker each scored for UCLA.
The Stanford game proved to be a tougher challenge for the Bruins. In the non-league game that was a rematch of last year's NCAA title game, the Bruins started slowly. They fell behind 3-0 in the first period before Brian Brown scored UCLA's first goal with 2:15 remaining in the period. The Cardinal took a 4-1 lead with 2:05 left in the second, but goals by Kern and Flesher in the last minute of the period closed the gap to 4-3.
In the third, Stanford pulled away again, taking a 6-3 lead before two UCLA goals made it 6-5. Trailing 7-5 entering the final period, Wright scored twice to force the game into overtime. Kern scored the game winning goal at 1:35 of the first overtime period.
Dating back to last season, the last three games against the Cardinal have been decided by one goal, with UCLA winning all three. Two of the three games were decided in overtime.
NOTES: Sean Kern was named the Mikasa MPSF Men's Water Polo Player of the Week for October 10 for his four goal performance in leading the Bruins to the 7-5 victory over USC ... Kern was also named the uclabruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week, as well as Fox's UCLA Sports Magazine Student-Athlete of the Week ... Adam Wright has scored 25 goals this season, including four in this week's Bay Area trip ... Brian Brown is second on the team in scoring with 22 goals ... UCLA's six seniors account for 69% of the team's scoring (82 of 119 goals).
RANKINGS: UCLA was ranked No. 1 in the October 11 US Collegiate Water Polo poll. USC held the second spot, and UC Irvine was third. Cal and UC San Diego round out the top five. Rankings are released every Wednesday, and can be found at http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.org.