No. 3 UCLA Travels To California For Nor Cal Tournament

Sept. 30, 2002

NOR CAL TOURNAMENT: Third-ranked UCLA (3-3, 0-1 MPSF) will make its first trip north this weekend for the annual Nor Cal Tournament. Ten of the 12 teams in the tournament hold a spot in the American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll, including top-ranked Stanford.

First up for the Bruins will be Princeton, who is ranked 16th in the AWPCA poll. UCLA has never lost to the Tigers, holding a 2-0 advantage in the series. Princeton enters the week with an 8-2 record, suffering its only losses to St. Francis in the final match of the Princeton Invitational and another to ninth-ranked Navy.

Also in the Bruins' pool is fourth-ranked and MPSF foe Pacific along with UC Santa Cruz, who is ranked fifth in the Division III AWPCA poll. Pacific is currently 5-3, 1-0 in MPSF action. The Tigers are coming off a 8-6 loss to the tournament host Golden Bears. Senior utility player Nic Hepner leads Pacific with 15 goals.

The Banana Slugs hosted the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest tournament last weekend and fell to fellow Nor Cal competitors Air Force and UC Davis. However, UC Santa Cruz improved to 13-8 after the two-day competition.

LAST WEEKEND: UCLA returned to intercollegiate action last Saturday with its MPSF opener at fifth-ranked USC. After being defeated at McDoanld's Swim Stadium 9-7 in a double overtime match in the fifth-place game of the So Cal Tournament, USC returned the favor handing the Bruins a 10-8 double overtime loss.

UCLA, who had built a 6-5 lead from four third period goals, could not maintain the scoring pace with only two goals in the fourth quarter and overtime periods combined. Sophomore center Ted Peck set a new career-high with four goals in the match, while sophomore driver Brett Ormsby added two scores. Goalkeeper Brandon Brooks posted 12 saves in the contest.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby and sophomore center Ted Peck lead UCLA with nine goals each in only six matches, while senior center defender Matt Flesher has tallied eight scores in the young season. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks is allowing 6.92 goals and averaging a MPSF leading 9.33 saves per match.

BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins are currently ranked third in the most recent American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll after their fifth-place finish in the So Cal Tournament and victories over Navy, Long Beach State and USC. The new poll, which will reflect last weekend's results, will not be released until Wednesday, October 2nd.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS