Sept. 20, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
THIRD-RANKED BRUINS TAKE FOURTH AT SO CAL TOURNAMENT
After third-ranked UCLA collected victories against Pepperdine and Cal Baptist during day one at the SoCal Tournament on Saturday, the Bruins dropped two one-point matches to #1 Stanford and #4 Cal on Sunday and completed the weekend with a fourth place finish. An 8-7 loss to top-ranked Stanford on Sunday morning sent UCLA into the third-place match against the Golden Bears later in the afternoon. Cal's Brian Bacharach scored the game-winning goal with 1:18 remaining as Cal escaped with a 10-9 victory over the Bruins. Bruin senior attacker Brett Ormsby tallied a total of 13 goals during four matches throughout the USC-hosted tournament, including five in the Bruin's 11-4 victory over Pepperdine. In their 17-5 win over Cal Baptist, 11 different Bruins tallied scores as UCLA defeated the Lancers for the second time in three days. The host Trojans took first place in the tournament after defeating Stanford 8-6 in the title game Sunday evening.
UCLA DOWNS CAL BAPTIST 21-8 IN FIRST HOME MATCH
Behind Ormsby's five goals, UCLA cruised to a 21-8 victory over #20 Cal Baptist during its first home match on September 16. UCLA received scores from 13 different players in the match, including career firsts for four Bruins. Ormsby netted his five goals all in the first two periods and allowed newcomers like Marco Santos, James Palmer, Cameron Smith and Brian Jacobs to score their first career goals. Even goalie Will Didinger got into the scoring action for the Bruins as he lobbed a pool-length shot over the reach of Lancer goalie Jon Miller for the first score by a Bruin goalie since Matt Swanson in 1994.
BRUINS AND #5 ANTEATERS TO MEET ON SATURDAY
Looking to improve on its 5-2 record, UCLA will travel to face fifth-ranked UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Anteater Aquatic Complex. UCI, who placed fifth at last weekend's SoCal Tournament, is 7-2 after going 3-1 at the tourney, including wins over Pacific, UCSB and Pepperdine. The Anteaters hold a 52-57-1 all-time edge over UCLA but the Bruins claimed victory both times the teams met in 2003 (12-8 on Sept. 28 @ UCLA, 10-7 on Nov. 8 @ UCI).
NOR CAL TOURNAMENT APPROACHING
For the second weekend in a row, the Bruins will be one of the 20 teams looking to capture a tournament title as UCLA travels to the University of the Pacific on Oct. 2-3 for the 2004 NorCal Tournament. UCLA's seeding for the tournament has yet to be released, but will be based upon results from last weekend's SoCal tourney.
HEAD COACH ADAM KRIKORIAN:
A bastion of the UCLA men's water polo program as a player and coach, Adam Krikorian begins his sixth season as head coach for both the men's and women's programs and his 11th season on the Bruin staff. After sharing the head coaching duties with Guy Baker for two seasons, Krikorian is in his third season alone at the helm of the two programs.
A winner of nine national championships as a player and a coach, Krikorian has amassed a 97- 32 record in his five seasons with the UCLA men's team. He is second among active water polo coaches in NCAA Championships won with two.