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No. 4 Men's Water Polo Opens MPSF Play Against Cal, Will Also Face Princeton
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/05/2005

Oct. 5, 2005

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Winners of 34 of its last 39 matches, UCLA enters this weekend's contests against California and Princeton with a three-match winning streak. On Saturday, the Bruins will be looking to exact revenge against the Golden Bears, who defeated UCLA, 8-7 in overtime, at the SoCal Tournament last month. The match against Cal will open UCLA's eight-game MPSF schedule. Then on Sunday UCLA will face Princeton in the school's first regular-season meeting since 2002. Last year at the NCAA Final Four, the Tigers took UCLA into overtime before finally succumbing to the Bruins, 7-5.

Pietsch's Monster Week Lifts UCLA to Wins Over LMU and UCI
Senior captain David Pietsch scored seven goals, including a career high six in one game, over two matches last week as the Bruins defeated LMU, 10-5, and UC Irvine, 10-8, in non-conference action. UCLA now has a six-match winning streak over both schools.

Scouting the Opponents
UCLA's match against Cal this Saturday will be the second meeting of the season between the two schools, but first in conference play. The Golden Bears used overtime to defeat the Bruins by a score of 8-7 in the third-place match of the SoCal Tournament back on Sept. 18. Still, UCLA leads the all-time series 65-50-1. On Sunday, the Bruins will face Princeton, who last season almost wiped away UCLA's national title hopes with an incredible fourth-quarter comeback in the NCAA semifinal match. Ulitmately, the Bruins won 7-5 and the Tigers finished fourth at the tournament. UCLA is 4-0 all-time against Princeton.

Lapin and Cidoncha-Simms Join Junior National Team
UCLA water polo freshmen Chay Lapin and Miguel Cidoncha-Simms have been named to the U.S. Junior National team roster and will compete for the United States in the Junior World Championships next month, USA Water Polo announced Sept. 22. Lapin and Cidoncha-Simms, who are expected to redshirt for UCLA this season, will be among 13 players led by Head Coach Doug Peabody at the World Championships near Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-15, 2005.

Deja Vu All Over Again
In 2004, UCLA entered the SoCal Tournament with a 3-0 record and then went on to sweep Pepperdine and Cal Baptist in the tournament's first day before falling to Stanford (8-7 in OT) and California (10-9 in OT) in day two action. Ironically enough, the 2005 Bruins entered this year's SoCal Tournament with a 4-0 record, swept through the tournament's first day, only to lose to Stanford (10-9 in overtime again) and Cal (8-7 in OT) again. Last year's squad went on to win 18 straight games and eventually a national title after the back-to-back losses at the SoCal Tournament, only time will tell for the 2005 squad.


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