Sept. 25, 2000
UCLA VS. UCSB: The Gauchos are currently 3-6 after falling to No. 2 Stanford, 15-5, last weekend. The Friday 4pm matchup marks UCSB's first home game of the season. These two teams met earlier in the season at the So Cal Tournament with the Bruins prevailing, 10-4. A trio of Bruins scored twice in that game and goalie Brandon Brooks allowed only two goals in three periods of play. The Gauchos finished sixth at the tournament, falling to Pepperdine in the fifth place game. They are currently ranked tenth in the latest US Collegiate Water Polo poll.
Paul Rave leads the team in scoring with 12 goals, while John Purcell has eight goals. The Bruins now lead the overall series vs. the Gauchos, 74-16-1.
UCLA VS. PEPPERDINE: This will be UCLA's second home game of the season, slated for Sunday at noon at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Waves are 4-1 this season, only losing to then-No. 1 California in the So Cal tournament. The Waves took fifth place at the tournament after defeating UC Santa Barbara 5-4. Pepperdine was ranked eighth in the September 20th US Collegiate Water Polo poll. 1999 Second Team All-MPSF Greg Lonzo leads the team in scoring with 15 goals. Michael Hausmann and Chris Tilden have seven goals each. Goalies Ryan Medigovich and Michael Soltis have each played three game and have 3.33 and 5.67 GAA's, respectively.
UCLA leads the overall series vs. Pepperdine, 47-25-1. Last year the Bruins won both meetings, winning 7-3 in the So Cal Tournament, and 13-6 during the season.
LAST WEEKEND: UCLA opened MPSF play with an easy 12-1 victory over the Pacific Tigers. Adam Wright scored five goals, including four in the first period, to lead the Bruins to the victory. Brian Brown scored twice, while Blake Wellen, Dave Parker, Matt Flesher, Albert Garcia and Kyle Baumgarner also scored for UCLA. Sophomore goalkeeper Brandon Brooks made eight saves and allowed only one goal in three periods of play. Eric Meadows made one save in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: UCLA co-Head Coach Guy Baker led the US women's water polo team to a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics last weekend. The women's team included three Bruin players while the men's team has two Bruins, including current senior Sean Kern ... Adam Wright leads the team in scoring with 18 goals and is averaging 2.57 goals per game ... Brooks has been outstanding in goal this season with a 4.80 GAA ... The defense is averaging only five goals allowed per game so far this year, and the offense is scoring 9.85 goals per game.
RANKINGS: The Bruins were ranked third in the September 20th US Collegiate Water Polo poll. So Cal Tournament champions USC hold the top spot while Stanford is No. 2. UC Irvine and California round out the top five.