No. 2 Men's Water Polo Squad Battles Pepperdine, Pacific

UP NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team (11-2 overall, 4-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) looks to improve upon its four-game conference winning streak when the Bruins face No. 9 Pepperdine (6-7 overall, 2-1 MPSF) in Malibu at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool Saturday Oct. 23 at noon. UCLA will then return home to host No. 6 Pacific (10-6 overall, 1-2 MPSF) at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center Sunday, Oct. 24 also at noon. UCLA is tied for first in the MPSF with top-ranked USC. Pepperdine is tied for third with Stanford, while Pacific is in sixth place.

LAST WEEKEND'S RECAP: The Bruins cruised to two MPSF wins over California and UC Santa Barbara last weekend. Junior Brian Brown scored a career-high five points, including his third two-pointer of the season, to lead the Bruins in the 8-2 victory over Cal at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Saturday. Brown was also valuable on defense, making a team high four steals. Senior Matt Armato, and juniors Dave Parker and Andy Bailey also scored goals for UCLA. Senior goalkeeper Parsa Bonderson made a season high 15 saves and allowed two goals. On Sunday, Armato set the tone early for the Bruins, scoring two goals in each of UCLA's first two possessions. Armato added a third goal while junior Adam Wright scored a pair to lead UCLA to the 9-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Other scorers for the Bruins included Bailey, Brown, junior Sean Kern and redshirt freshman Matt Flesher. True freshman Brandon Brooks made the first start of his collegiate career in goal. Brooks allowed all three Gaucho goals and made two saves and three steals.

PEPPERDINE NOTES: Before meeting the Bruins on Saturday, Pepperdine will host UC San Diego Friday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Last weekend, the Waves posted two conference victories, defeating UC Santa Barbara 9-6 and fourth-ranked Cal 10-4. Sophomore Greg Lonzo leads the Waves with 30 points and was named MPSF Player of the Week for his eight point performance in two games last weekend. The Waves are coached by Terry Schroeder. Pepperdine and UCLA met earlier this season in the first round of the Southern California Tournament, with the Bruins emerging victorious 7-3. UCLA holds the all-time series advantage 46-25-1.

PACIFIC NOTES: Pacific, coached by Courtney Porter, will face Long Beach State Saturday, Oct. 23 for a noon MPSF match at Belmont Plaza before traveling to Westwood Sunday. The Tigers split a pair of matches last weekend, falling to top-ranked USC 11-4 Saturday at home before bouncing back to defeat UC Davis 8-2 Sunday at Davis. This will be the first meeting between the Bruins and Tigers this season, with UCLA holding the all-time series advantage 16-3.

ARMATO ENTERS THE BRUIN RECORD BOOKS: Senior Matt Armato has scored four two-pointers this season, which brings his career total to 11, and breaks the previous career mark of 10 set by Jim Toring (1993-96). Armato continues to lead the Bruins with 26 points.

BRUIN NOTABLES: In addition to Armato, four other Bruins are in double figures for scoring: Kern (22), Wright (21), Brown (18) and Parker (13). Brown holds the team lead in steals (20) and assists (8). The Bruins have yet to score less than six points in a game and have out-scored their opponents 125-73. The Bruins' two losses came to teams that have held No. 1 national rankings this year: Stanford and USC.


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
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