Sept. 27, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team (6-1 overall, 1-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) will take a rare bye weekend to prepare for an MPSF matchup with No. 8 Long Beach State (4-4 overall) Oct. 5 at Belmont Plaza and the Northern California Tournament to be held at Stanford, Oct. 9-10. The Bruins will face the 49ers under the lights at 7 p.m. for the only scheduled night match of the season.
UCLA DROPS NO. 1 STANFORD, CALIFORNIA: The Bruins had a successful weekend in Northern California, as UCLA pulled off an exciting 6-5 victory over top-ranked Stanford, avenging a prior 9-7 loss to the Cardinal in the SoCal Tournament Sept. 19. Junior Sean Kern (Honolulu, HI, Punahou HS) scored the game-winner with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation to cap a four-point fourth quarter, giving the Bruins the come-from-behind MPSF win. UCLA completed the NorCal sweep, handing No. 6 California a 11-9 loss behind two two-point goals from senior Matt Armato (Long Beach, Wilson HS). Junior Andrew Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS) scored the game-winner with 3:59 left to play.
TWO-POINT SCORING BARRAGE: Not quite half-way through the season, the Bruins have already tallied seven two-point goals. Last year, UCLA scored a total of two two-point goals. Armato leads the charge with four two-point goals, including two at Cal and one which tied Stanford 5-5, setting up the eventual game-winner by Kern. Junior Adam Wright (Seal Beach, Wilson HS), junior Brian Brown (Santa Ana, Foothill HS) and Kern have scored one two-point goal a piece.
THE LONG BEACH CONNECTION: When UCLA faces Long Beach State, Tuesday, Oct. 5, four Bruins will be reunited with their former high school coach, Ricardo Azevedo. Armato, Wright and redshirt freshmen Ryan Brown (Long Beach, Wilson HS) and Mike Komrosky (Long Beach, Wilson HS) all played for Azevedo at Wilson High in Long Beach. Azevedo begins his first year as the head coach of the 49ers water polo program.
ROAD WARRIORS: Following the season opener at home vs. UC Irvine, the Bruins will not host another match until Oct. 16 vs. Cal at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. UCLA continues its road streak at Long Beach State Oct. 5, before returning to the Bay Area for the Northern California Tournament Oct. 9-10.
BRUIN NOTES: UCLA has outscored its opponents 70-43 in the first seven games of 1999 and has scored no less than six points in one match. In goal this season, senior netkeeper Parsa Bonderson (Santa Barbara, San Marcos HS) has collected 49 saves and has allowed 5.66 goals per game.
TEAM SCORING LEADERS
GS1 GS2 Total Points Matt Armato 11 4 19 pts. Adam Wright 11 1 13 pts. Sean Kern 8 1 10 pts. Dave Parker 7 0 7 pts. Andrew Bailey 6 0 6 pts. Brian Brown 3 1 5 pts.