Oct. 6, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
BRUINS CAPTURE TOP SPOT
For the first time since the conclusion of the 2000 season, UCLA has climbed to a No.1 national ranking in the NCAA men's top-20 poll. The poll, which is released every Wednesday, features the Bruins at the top spot with 100 points. UCLA is trailed by #2 Stanford, #3 USC and #4 Cal.
UCLA WINS 2004 NOR CAL TOURNAMENT
With wins over #15 Navy, #5 UC Irvine, #1 USC and #2 Stanford, UCLA won the NorCal Tournament title for the second time in three years last weekend in Stockton. Highlights from the successful weekend include senior Brett Ormsby's 200th career goal and a thrilling overtime victory against Stanford in the title game. Freshman Matt Jacobs scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second overtime period for UCLA to cap the Bruins 10-9 victory in the championship game against The Cardinal. Center defender Michael March doubled his season goal output as he netted a team-high seven scores over the four matches. Goalkeeper Joeseph Axelrad played 88 minutes in front of the net and recorded 34 saves against UC Irvine, USC and Stanford. Will Didinger captured seven saves against Navy.
CHAMPIONSHIPS, TITLES AND MILESTONES
As UCLA pulled off four consecutive victories in Stockton to capture the 2004 NorCal Tournament title, two Bruins also had their sights set on personal achievements as well. In Saturday's 10-9 victory over UC Irvine, Head Coach Adam Krikorian collected his 100th career win at the helm of the men's water polo program. Krikorian, in his sixth full season as head coach of the men's team, has now racked up 239 career head coaching wins betwen the men's and women's teams at UCLA. In the pool, senior attacker Brett Ormsby notched his 200th career goal in the Bruin's 8-6 win over USC on Sunday. He concluded the weekend with three more scores against Stanford and now sits with a 203 career goals.
BRUINS HOST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT AND UC SANTA CRUZ
For the first time in almost a month, the Bruins will return home to face #7 Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Cruz this Saturday and Sunday at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Lions hold a 10-4 record after going 2-2 last weekend to capture a seventh place finish at the NorCal Tournament. LMU completed last season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Final Four and were ranked seventh in the nation at year's end. With 40 goals, 17 steals and 17 assists, Endre Rex-Kiss leads the Lions in all three offensive categories. UC Santa Cruz is 6-17 overall and are ranked sixth in the Division III CWPA poll. The Bananna Slugs are currently mired in a four game losing streak after dropping all four matches at the NorCal Tournament.
All-Time vs. LMU: UCLA leads 12-0; All-Time vs. UCSC: UCLA leads 2-0
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
As of September 29, UCLA holds a #4 national ranking in the men's collegiate Top 20 poll. UCLA was ranked #3 for the first two weeks of the season before slipping a spot in the September 22 poll.
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 11th season on the Bruin staff. After sharing the head coaching duties with Guy Baker for two seasons, 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 102- 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.