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Seventh-Ranked Bruins Defeat Third-Ranked USC To Capture Nor Cal Tournament Championship
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/06/2002

Oct. 6, 2002

Berkeley, Calif. - After a 7-5 win over second-ranked UC Irvine in the Nor Cal Tournament semi-finals, UCLA avenged last weekend' double overtime loss to USC, with a 6-3 victory over the Trojans. With the win, the Bruins take the lead in the Gauntlet Trophy standings and improve their overall record to 7-3.

With both of their previous meetings being decided in overtime, the Bruins decided to take charge early, building a 3-1 lead over USC in the first period. After the first, each team's defense took over, with each allowing only one goal in each remaining period. Much of UCLA's success in the match can be attributed to the stellar play of three-time All-American goalkeeper Brandon Brooks, who recorded a season-high 16 saves in the contest and shut-out the Trojans in the final period.

As he had done for the entire tournament, sophomore driver Brett Ormsby spearheaded the Bruin attack with two goals, while Ted Peck and Albert Garcia each scored twice as well. Ormsby led all Bruins over the weekend with 13 total goals.

In the morning match, UCLA followed its familiar game-plan and led the Anteaters 5-2 at the half. However, UC Irvine would not give up, rallying with three goals in the final period. Yet the steady Bruin attack gave them the win as Ormsby scored three goals to lead all scorers. Once again, Peck added to the totals with two scores of his own. Garcia and Josh Hewko also found the net for UCLA.

The Bruins will host their first match of the season when Pepperdine, who finished sixth in the Nor Cal Tournament, comes to Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Saturday, October 12th for a 10:00 am MPSF match-up. The following day, UCLA will host crosstown rival Loyola Marymount at 12:00 pm.


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