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Top-Ranked UCLA Completes Sunday Sweep
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/17/2004

Oct. 17, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior attacker Brett Ormsby scored a combined eight goals Sunday as the number one-ranked Bruin water polo team capped off a successful 3-0 weekend with wins over #15 Pacific and #14 UC Davis. The Bruins improved to 15-2, their best start since 1999, and 2-0 in MPSF play with the wins.

Against Pacific, UCLA controlled the game from the start, opening play with back-to-back goals from junior Michael March and senior Ted Peck for a 2-0 lead at the 5:14 mark in the first quarter. Pacific cut the lead down to one when McLaughlin chalked up his 13th goal of the season with 4:48 to go in the quarter. That would be as close as the Tigers were to get. UCLA increased its lead to three with two more goals in the quarter for 4-1 lead after one.

The Bruins continued their run by scoring four more goals in the second, highlighted by freshman Marco Santos' back-to-back goals as UCLA led 8-1 with 36 seconds to go in the quarter. Pacific slipped a shot by UCLA goalie sophomore Will Didinger when sophomore Matt Turnbull (ACT, Australia) netted his 22nd goal of the season with one tick to go on the clock.

UCLA was paced by six different players who scored, led by senior Brett Ormsby's three goals. Didinger finished with eight saves in goal.

Later in the day against the Aggies, Ormsby scored five goals and the Bruins withstood numerous Aggie rallies as UCLA avoided the upset and defeated UC Davis 7-5 in a men's non-conference water polo match Sunday afternoon at the Schaal Aquatics Center.

After a quick score in the opening minute by Ormsby, the game slowed as that was the only goal of the period. Ormsby scored again in the second before Michael Long's penalty shot cut the lead in half at 2-1 with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Ormsby sandwiched a pair of goals around a Patrick Jacobson score for UC Davis to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead at halftime.

UC Davis came out strong in the third as Jacobson added his second of the game to cut the lead to one. The Aggies then had two consecutive counterattacks with Kevin Bacharach going one-on-one with the Bruin goalie, Joseph Axelrad. Both times Bacharach came up empty, keeping it a one-goal game. A Josh Hewko score along with another Ormsby goal gave UCLA some breathing room at 6-3 after three periods.

In the fourth UC Davis scored the first two goals to cut the lead to 6-5 with just under five minutes to play. But that was it as Ormsby capped the scoring at the 3:36 mark by converting a penalty shot for the final margin of victory.

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Pacific 1 1 1 1 4
UCLA    4 4 2 2 12

Goals Scored Pacific: Clint McLaughlin 2, Matt Turnbull, Alex Smith-Jones

UCLA: Brett Ormsby 3, Peter Belden 2, Marco Santos 2, Chris Pulido, Ted Peck, Grant Zider, Michael March, Cameron Smith

Goalie Saves: Pacific: 9 (Popovic 9)

UCLA: 8 ( Didinger 8)

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total UCLA 1 3 2 1 - 7 UC Davis 0 2 1 2 - 5

UC Davis Goals: Michael Long 2, Patrick Jacobson 2, Tom Jay. UC Davis Saves: Mike McGee 12.

UCLA Goals: Brett Ormsby 5, Josh Hewko, Michael March. UCLA Saves: Joseph Axelrad 5.


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