Nov. 20, 2000
UP NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: The UCLA men's water polo team looks to continue with its regular season success and lock up the conference title this weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at the USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center on the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. The Bruins finished the regular season with an 18-3 overall record, and 7-1 in MPSF action. A conference championship would give UCLA a berth to the NCAA Tournament Dec. 2-3, where they look to defend their 1999 Championship. An at large berth to the four-team NCAA tournament field will be awarded to an MPSF team following the conference championships this weekend. Those teams looking to contend with UCLA for an NCAA tournament bid are USC (18-6) and UC Irvine (19-5). Here is a look at the seedings and schedule for the upcoming MPSF tournament:
Friday, Nov. 24 10:30 a.m. Game 1 Play-in for #8 seed: #8 Stanford vs. #9 UCSB 1:00 p.m. Game 2 #4 Cal vs. #5 Long Beach State 2:30 p.m. Game 3 #3 USC vs. #6 Pepperdine 5:00 p.m. Game 4 #2 UCLA vs. #7 Pacific 6:30 p.m. Game 5 #1 UC Irvine vs. Winner 1
Saturday, Nov. 25 1:00 p.m. Game 6 Losers 2 vs. 5 2:30 p.m. Game 7 Losers 3 vs. 4 5:00 p.m. Game 8 Winners 2 vs. 5 6:30 p.m. Game 9 Winners 3 vs. 4
Sunday, Nov. 26 1:00 p.m. Game 10 7th place (Losers 6 vs. 7) 2:30 p.m. Game 11 5th place (Winners 6 vs. 7) 5:00 p.m. Game 12 3rd place (Losers 8 vs. 9) 6:30 p.m. Game 13 1st place (Winners 8 vs. 9)
LAST WEEKEND'S RECAP: Adam Wright scored three goals to lead the Bruins to a 6-5 victory over USC in the final regular season game at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. Matt Flesher scored twice for the Bruins, who held a 6-4 lead after three periods and played strong defense in the final period for the win. Brandon Brooks made seven saves in goal.
MPSF TOURNAMENT NOTES: The Bruins will face the University of the Pacific (11-12, 2-6) in their first round game. The teams have faced only once this season, and the Bruins prevailed, 12-1 in Stockton. Adam Wright scored five goals in the win and six other Bruins scored. The Tigers have won six of their last seven games, including wins against Pepperdine and Long Beach State. If the Bruins win, they will either face USC or Pepperdine. The Bruins are 3-1 against USC and 2-0 against Pepperdine this year.
BRUIN NOTABLES: Adam Wright finishes the regular season as the team's leading scorer with 39 goals. Brian Brown has 31 goals, and Matt Flesher has 30. Sean Kern and Dave Parker have 24 goals each ... Flesher has scored UCLA's first goal in the last three games.