Nov. 8, 1999
UP NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: The UCLA men's water polo team hosts cross-town rival USC Friday at 3 p.m. at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center for one of the most significant games of the year for both teams. The Bruins, having won their last seven straight games, are 16-2 overall and 7-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Trojans have won two straight, and are 18-3 overall, 5-1 MPSF. Friday's game marks the final conference matchup for UCLA, while USC faces Long Beach State Nov. 14 to round out its MPSF schedule. With a victory over USC, the Bruins would finish the season with an unbeaten conference record, claiming the number one seed for the MPSF Championship Tournament Nov. 26-28 in Irvine. A Trojan victory could produce a three-way tie between UCLA, Stanford and USC, with conference tiebreakers being the deciding factor for the top seeding going into the tournament.
WRIGHT, BROWN LEAD NO. 1 UCLA OVER NO.1 STANFORD: With a number one national ranking on the line, juniors Adam Wright and Brian Brown each tallied hat tricks as the Bruins dropped MPSF rival Stanford 10-8 amidst a play-off atmosphere at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center last Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Bruins snapped Stanford's six-game win streak and handed the Cardinal only its third loss of the season. The Bruins scored three goals in the first quarter from Wright, senior Matt Armato and junior Sean Kern to take a 3-0 lead. Senior Neil Hueston scored UCLA's lone goal in the second quarter, while Stanford charged back with four points in the second frame to tie. Stanford's Pasi Dutton led all scorers with four points in the game, while senior Sean Joy added a two-point goal which tied the game at four with 55 seconds remaining in the half. Junior Blake Wellen scored the eventual game-winner early in the third quarter and the Bruins never looked back. True freshman goalkeeper Brandon Broo ks pulled down nine saves and held Stanford scoreless through the first quarter.
WRIGHT NAMED UCLA MET-Rx STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Thanks in part to his sixth hat trick of the season vs. No. 1 Stanford, Wright was named UCLA's MET-Rx Student Athlete of the Week. Wright now leads the Bruins with 34 points (a career high), while scoring in the last six straight games and 13 of the last 14.
USC NOTES: The Trojans will be ready for Friday's game, coming off two commanding victories over Pepperdine (12-2) and California (13-5) last weekend. Trojan goalkeeper Richard McEvoy earned MPSF Player of the Week honors for tallying 25 saves over the weekend. USC's three losses this season have all come at the hands of Stanford. Allen Basso leads the Trojans with 41 points, while nine different players have scored in double figures this year. The defending national champion Trojans defeated UCLA earlier this season, 7-6, in the championship game of the NorCal Tournament. Ivan Babic scored a two-pointer with just 1:03 remaining in regulation to lift the Trojans over UCLA. The Bruins lead the all-time series 56-51-1. These two teams will face-off again on Nov. 20 at USC for the final game of the regular season. The time is yet to be determined.
SENIOR SEND-OFF: Six seniors will play their final game at home when the Bruins host USC on Friday. Matt Armato, Sam Bailey, Parsa Bonderson, Mike Coppin, Neil Hueston and James Palda close out their Bruin careers this season.
BRUIN NOTABLES: Armato enters the game with an eight-game scoring streak and has scored in all but three games'Kern has also scored in six straight games and 13 of the last 14.