UCLA Men's Water Polo Team Set to Begin Season

Sept. 13, 2006

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After two weekends featuring exhibition competition, UCLA's men's water polo team will open its 2006 season Thursday, Sept. 14 when the Bruins host Cal Baptist at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

VS. CAL BAPTIST: The Bruins own a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Lancers. UCLA downed Cal Baptist twice in 2004 and in back-to-back contests in 2003.

HIT THE ROAD: This weekend, UCLA will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. for the NorCal Tournament (hosted by Stanford). UCLA will face Princeton at 10:40 a.m. at Stanford's Belardi Pool. The winner of that match will battle the winner of the Pepperdine-UC David contest later that afternoon. Each participating school will play twice on Sunday, Sept. 17.

EXHIBITION: UCLA took to the water on Saturday, Sept. 9, in a home exhibition contest against several UCLA alumni and former U.S. National Team members. Junior Marco Santos scored three goals to lead the Bruins to an 8-6 preseason victory. Coming back from a season-ending back injury in 2005, senior Michael March netted two goals for the Bruins. Senior goalkeeper Will Didinger and freshman goalkeeper Chay Lapin split time in net, as each goalkeeper allowed three goals in two quarters.

PRESEASON POLLS: The Bruins have been ranked third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's preseason coaches poll. UCLA received 54 total points (one first-place vote). Defending national champion USC and California are ranked first and second, respectively, in the MPSF preseason poll. Last season, UCLA finished the season fourth in the competitive MPSF conference. Both Stanford and USC were the two MPSF representatives in the 2005 NCAA Final Four.

SENIORITY: UCLA returns seven seniors, six of which contributed last season. The Bruins welcome back defender Michael March, who missed the 2005 campaign with an injured back, and defender Brad Greiner, who sat out the 2005 season. In all, UCLA returns 15 players from last season's roster. Similarly, 13 Bruins from the 2004 national championship team will be in action this fall (12 of those players competed in 2005 and in 2006).

DON'T BE OFFENDED: Four of UCLA's top five goal scorers from 2005 return this season -- seniors Logan Powell and Grant Zider, junior Justin Johnson and sophomore Krsto Sbutega. Those four players registered a combined 111 goals scored, roughly 37 percent of UCLA's offensive output. In all, the returning Bruins accounted for 76 percent of the team's 2005 goal production.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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