Nov. 2, 2005
This Week at the Pool:
The fourth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team (16-5, 2-1) takes a trip to Long Beach, Calif., to face No. 8 Long Beach State (15-10, 0-2) in a MPSF conference match on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon.
UCLA entered last week's match at Stanford riding a 13-game MPSF conference match winning streak, a stretch that dated back to the 2003 season. That streak came to an end at the hands of the Cardinal on Saturday as the Bruins dropped a heartbreaking 8-9 double-overtime loss at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Ironically, UCLA's last conference loss came at Stanford on Nov. 1, 2003, in a 4-6 defeat.
The Bruins would salvage a split of their road trip to Nor Cal on Sunday with a 13-2 victory over UC Santa Cruz. Junior Logan Powell led the way for the Bruins with three goals as nine different Bruins scored in the match.
About the 49ers:
The No. 8 Long Beach State 49ers (15-10, 0-2) enter this week's action ready to snap a current five-match losing streak. All five of those 49er losses have been by a combined 10 points, with two of the losses being one-goal contests. The 49ers will travel to UC Irvine to take on the Anteaters on Thursday before facing the Bruins on Sunday. UCLA owns an 82-20-1 all-time advantage over Long Beach State, and has won the last three matches in the series.
10+ = W:
So far this season, the Bruins are unbeatable when scoring 10 or more goals in a contest. After Sunday's 13-2 victory over UC Santa Cruz, UCLA became 9-0 on the season when reaching the double-digit goal plateau. This trend is consistent with the past few seasons, as UCLA is 34-0 since the beginning of the 2003 season when scoring double-digit goals against the opposition.
UCLA has been a victim of slim defeats this season - all five of the Bruins' losses have been by only one goal. The only two teams to defeat the Bruins so far this year are California and Stanford. In fact, since the start of the 2004 season, the Golden Bears and the Cardinal have accounted for all eight of the Bruins' defeats.
UCLA has found a variety of scoring options offensively. A total of 18 different Bruins have scored goals so far this season, including 12 different scorers that have posted 11 or more goals on the year. Senior David Pietsch leads all players with 36 goals scored. So far this season, UCLA has had five or more players score goals in a match 16 times, and owns a 14-2 record when doing so.
Led by UCLA redshirt freshmen Chay Lapin (goalkeeper) and Miguel Cidoncha-Simms (attacker), the U.S. Junior National Team took eleventh place 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 Look Ahead:
UCLA will travel to Irvine, Calif., and face No. 6 UC Irvine in a MPSF conference match on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.