Oct. 12, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
BRUINS RAISE WINNING STREAK TO SEVEN
In its first two matches as the number one ranked team in the nation, UCLA showed why it was deserving of such a position atop the polls. On Saturday, against #8 Loyola Marymount, the Bruins piled on 15 goals, including four from reigning MPSF Player of the Week Brett Ormsby. Goalkeeper Joseph Axelrad tallied five saves in the 15-7 victory. On Sunday against UC Santa Cruz, Ormsby notched his eighth hat trick of the season with three more scores as goalkeepers Will Didinger and Matt Kellogg combined to hold the Banana Slugs to just two goals, both coming in the fourth period. UCLA received goals from a season high 13 different scorers on Sunday, including career firsts from freshmen Tim Cherry and Brian Jacobs. Kellogg's two fourth quarter saves in front of the net were career firsts as well. The Bruins have now won seven consecutive matches - their longest winning streak since running off eight in a row from October 16 - November 12, 1999.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE
After winning its first three matches at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center in 2004, UCLA has now won 12 straight home matches dating back to November 23, 2002. The Bruins have not lost at home since a 6-5 defeat at the hands of Long Beach State on November 8, 2002. In that span, UCLA has outscored its opponents 144-70 at home and has average exactly 12 goals per game.
SHOOTING OUT OF THE GATE
With a 12-2 record after 14 matches, UCLA is off to its best start since 1999, when the Bruins were 17-2 after 19 contests. The 1999 squad eventually went on to post a 22-3 overall record, tally an 8-0 mark in MPSF play, and ultimately win the NCAA title.
UCLA TO OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY AGAINST CAL AND PACIFIC
Looking to exact revenge for one of their two losses this season, the Bruins will open the conference portion of their schedule this Saturday at Cal. The Golden Bears, who handed UCLA a 10-9 loss during the SoCal Tournament earlier this season, enter the week ranked #4 and hold a 10-4 overall record. The Bears dropped their MPSF-opener last Saturday in a tough 9-7 loss against #3 USC. Cal has been led so far by John Mann's 31 goals. On Sunday, UCLA will return to the site of the NorCal Tournament as the Bruins take on #14 Pacific in Stockton. The Tigers have lost four of their lost five matches and sit with a 5-9 overall record. Pacific will face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in both team's MPSF opener.
Before heading home, UCLA will play their second match of the day at 5 p.m. Sunday at UC Davis. The non-conference matchup will pit the Bruins against the 11-9 Aggies.
All-Time vs. Cal: UCLA leads 64-49-1 // All-Time vs. Pacific: UCLA leads 23-3 // All-Time vs. UC Davis: UCLA leads 10-0
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
For the first time since the conclusion of the 2000 season, UCLA has been named the number one team in the country. In the Men's Top-20 poll released on October 6, the Bruins were ranked #1 with 100 points in front of #2 Stanford, #3 USC and #4 Cal.
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 13th season with the Bruin water polo program. After sharing the head coaching duties with Guy Baker for two seasons from , Krikorian is in his sixth 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 104- 32 record in his six seasons with the UCLA men's team. On October 2, 2004, Krikorian notched his 100th career win with the men's team. He is second among active water polo coaches in NCAA Championships won with two.