October 27, 1998
This Week In Water Polo: The No. 3 Bruins (12-2 overall, 4-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) return home to Westwood this weekend for two crucial MPSF conference matches versus No. 4 Stanford and No. 8 Long Beach State. It is the third consecutive weekend that UCLA will battle the Cardinal, the Bruins having won the last two competitions, 7-6 (overtime) at the Northern California Tournament and 6-4 at Stanford this past Sunday. UCLA is looking to extend its undefeated conference record and make a run at the NCAA Tournament, and with only four MPSF games remaining, the Saturday and Sunday matches are of utmost importance.
Stanford (14-4 overall, 5-1 MPSF) brings the conference's No. 5 and 9 scorers to the game, in Brian Heifferon (33 points) and Oct. 18 Player of the Week Layne Beaubien (27 points). Cardinal goalkeeper Chris Aguilera has tallied 158 saves and allows an average of 4.78 points per game. The Long Beach State 49ers (7-9 overall, 1-3 MPSF) are fresh off a tough 11-10 loss, in which they gave the No. 2 UC Irvine Anteaters quite a struggle in the water. Jeff Colyer leads the offense for "The Beach," with 32 goals scored, followed closely by Corey Dolley, who has netted 26 points for the 49ers, including nine two- pointers. Long Beach's goalie, Adam Carter, averages eight saves and eight points allowed per game.
UCLA vs. Stanford Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, Noon $6 adults, $4 non-UCLA students
UCLA vs. Long Beach Sunset Recreation Center, Noon Free
Last Week's Recap: Junior netkeeper Parsa Bonderson (Santa Barbara, San Marcos HS) pulled down 21 saves in UCLA's sweep of the Bay Area schools, allowing only 10 total points in the Bruins' 7-6 and 6-4 victories over California and Stanford, respectively. Sophomores Sean Kern (Honolulu HI, Punahou HS) and Blake Wellen (Mill Valley, Tamalpais HS) each notched three goals over the weekend, while UCLA's defense contributed nine field saves.
Parsa Bonderson Named MPSF Player of the Week: For his outstanding contribution to the Bruins' Bay Area sweep, Bonderson earned Player of the Week honors. He snagged 12 saves versus Cal and grabbed nine saves and a steal to frustrate the potent Stanford offense. On the season, Bonderson has accumulated 105 saves and is posting a 5.54 goals against average. The GTE Academic All-American was also named UCLA's Student Athlete of the Week on October 13.
Who To Watch: The Bruins, who sit atop the MPSF conference with crosstown rival USC, are outscoring opponents 120-78, thanks to stifling defense guided by Bonderson, coupled with Kern's team-leading 28 goals. Kern is riding a six game scoring streak, during which he has netted nine points, and he has scored in all but one of UCLA's 1998 matches. Senior co-captain Sam Grayeli (Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa HS) follows Kern on the squad's scoring list, with 16 points, while sophomore Dave Parker (Orinda, Miramonte HS) is currently third, with 14 goals, which eclipses his '97 season total. Sophomore Adam Wright (Seal Beach, Wilson HS) places fourth on the Bruin attack, with 12 goals, and leads the squad in steals, with 21. Wellen is on Wright's heels with 18 steals, and the two switch places in the assists category, with Wellen leading Wright 15 to 13.
Quick Notes: The last time UCLA swept the Bay Area schools in Northern California was in 1996, the year the Bruins won a second consecutive NCAA championship . UCLA averages 8.5 goals scored per game . Don't miss one of the biggest games of the year UCLA vs. Stanford at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, prior to the football game.
1998 Results 9/5 UC Irvine W 5-4 9/19 Pacific W 12-4 UC Santa Barbara W 9-4 9/20 Pepperdine W 7-4 USC L 7-11 9/26 UC Santa Barbara W 9-5 9/27 Pacific W 9-8 10/2 Pepperdine W 5-4 10/17 St. Francis W 18-2 Long Beach State W 13-7 10/18 Stanford W 7-6 (ot) UC Irvine L 7-5 10/24 California W 7-6 10/25 Stanford W 6-4
Ahead for UCLA Men's Water Polo
Nov. 6 UC San Diego Sunset Rec. Center 3 p.m. Nov. 8 UC Irvine* Sunset Rec. Center Noon Nov. 15 USC* Los Angeles Noon Nov. 21 USC Rose Bowl Aquatics Center TBA
UCLA Leaders' Stats
Total Points Shooting % Assists Steals Field Saves Kern, 28 J. Pfleuger, 67% Wellen, 15 Wright, 21 Kern, 9 Grayeli, 16 A. Harries, 53% Wright, 13 Wellen, 18 Wright, 9 Parker, 14 A. Bailey, 53% A. Bailey, 7 Grayeli, 16 Grayeli, 6 Wright, 12 Parker, 52% N. Hueston, 5 B. Brown, 12 Parker, 6 A. Bailey, 10 J. Palda, 50% Pflueger, 4 A. Bailey, 10 Brown, 5