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Seventh-Ranked Bruins Return Home After Claiming Nor Cal Tournament Title

Oct. 7, 2002

PEPPERDINE WAVES: The seventh-ranked Bruins (7-3, 0-1 MPSF) will host their first matches of the season when fifth-ranked Pepperdine (6-5, 1-0 MPSF) travels to Sunset Canyon Recreation Center for a 10:00 am MPSF match. The Waves are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Nor Cal Tournament, where they suffered a 8-6 loss to the host Golden Bears in the fifth-place match.

Over the course of the series, UCLA has built a 51-25-1 advantage over Pepperdine, including an 8-7 win in Malibu last season. This year, the Waves are led by sophomore utilityman Jesse Smith, who has posted 33 goals in 11 matches. In the net, senior goalkeeper Michael Soltis is allowing 7.91 goals per game and recording 7.55 saves.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: The eighth-ranked Lions, who will face-off with UCLA in a 12:00 pm match at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Sunday, enter the week with a 7-8 record after a seventh-place finish in the Nor Cal Tournament. Loyola Marymount defeated sixth-ranked Pacific, 12-7 to capture seventh-place. The Lions are led this season by junior utilityman Ryan Chapatte, who has 21 goals in 15 matches.

The Bruins have never fallen to their cross-town rival and bring a 9-0 record into the match after last season's 9-4 victory at Loyola Marymount.

NOR CAL TOURNAMENT: UCLA avenged a double overtime loss at USC on September 28th with a 6-3 win over the Trojans to claim the 2002 Nor Cal Tournament title. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks posted a career-high 16 saves and shut-out USC in the final period to help give the Bruins the championship.

UCLA defeated fourteenth-ranked Princeton 12-10 in the first round, before posting a 9-8 win over sixth-ranked Pacific later in the day. The Bruins earned a spot in the tournament championship with a 7-5 victory over second-ranked UC Irvine in the tournament semi-finals. Brett Ormsby paced all Bruins with 13 goals over the weekend, including a career-high five goals against Princeton. Sophomore center Ted Peck added nine over the four matches.

BROOKS HONORED: Goalkeeper Brandon Brooks was named MPSF Player of the Week after his performance at the Nor Cal Tournament. The Honolulu, Hawaii native held USC to only three goals in the championship match, his lowest total of the season, while posting a career-high 16 saves. Brooks averaged 12 saves over the two days and allowed 26 goals, to average 6.5 per contest.

BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins are currently ranked seventh in the most recent American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll after their double overtime loss at USC. The new poll, which will reflect the results from the Nor Cal Tournament, will not be released until Wednesday, October 9th.

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