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Water Polo NCAA Champs

Fourth-Ranked Bruins Sink Third-Ranked Trojans
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/23/2002

Nov. 23, 2002

The fourth-ranked Bruins jumped ahead early and held onto the lead throughout to defeat third-ranked and cross town rival USC, 12-10 at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Saturday. The Bruins improve to 13-7 win the victory. The teams will face-off again next Friday in the first-round of the MPSF Tournament.

USC took its only lead of the contest when Gadi Hadar scored only 28 seconds into the match. However, the Bruins tied it less than two minutes later and went ahead at the 2:19 mark, both on Ted Peck goals. UCLA never trailed again and took a 3-1 lead going into the second period.

The Trojans made a game of it, coming within one goal three times in the second quarter, and trailed 6-5 at the half.

It was all UCLA in the third period, as they rattled off three unanswered goals, behind two from Michael March. USC scored just before the 3:00 mark to bring the score to 9-6 before the final quarter.

March was not done causing damage as he found the back of the net twice in the fourth, to give the Bruins an 11-9 lead heading into the final minute. Brett Ormsby sealed his hat trick, when he scored with 44 seconds remaining. However, USC did not quit and capped off the game with another Hadar goal at the 0:19 mark.

March led all scorers with a career-high 4 goals, while Ormsby added three. Peck scored twice, both in the first quarter. Peter Belden, Matt Flesher and Dan Yeilding all found the net to add to the Bruin charge.

With the win, the Bruins move ahead in the year-long Lexus-Gauntlet Trophy competition. Five points will be on the line next week at the MPSF Tournament. The teams will face-off at 1:00 p.m. at the Los Alamitos Aquatic Center.

#3 USC 1-4-1-4=10
#4 UCLA 3-3-3-3=12

USC - Hadar 4, Zatovic 3, Damjanov 2, Kaiser, Andrejic UCLA - March 4, Ormsby 3, Peck 2, Flesher, Yeilding, Belden Goalkeeping - USC (Damjanovic 12 GA A, 3 Saves), UCLA (Brooks 10 GA A, 9 Saves)

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