Oct. 14, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked UCLA men's water polo team split a pair of matches on Sunday to finish second in the annual NorCal Tournament at Avery Aquatics Complex. The Bruins defeated fourth-ranked USC, 9-8, in the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Stanford in the championship match, 7-4.
Albert Garcia (So., Long Beach/Wilson) recorded three goals against the Trojans, amassing his second hat trick of the weekend. Garcia was also one of four Bruins to score against the Cardinal, and finished the tournament with a team-high nine goals.
Against USC, the Bruins scored four times in the third quarter to break a 3-3 halftime tie. The Trojans fought back to within 9-8 late in the fourth and held possession for the final 1:20 of the match, but UCLA repelled the USC attack for the victory. Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) recorded 11 saves against the Trojans, while senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) added two scores.
In the final, Stanford's power-play offense proved to be the difference, converting on three of six extra-man chances while holding UCLA scoreless on six tries. The Bruins were within one goal, 4-3, at halftime, but were shut down by Cardinal goalkeeper Nick Ellis in the second half. Peter Hudnut scored three goals, including two in the decisive third period.
The Bruins dropped to 8-2 on the season, while Stanford remained undefeated in 10 matches. UCLA returns to action Saturday against California in a conference match at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. Opening sprint is at 3 p.m.
UCLA 1 2 4 2 - 9
USC 1 2 1 4 - 8
USC-Damjanov 3, Babic 2, Reynolds, Proporski, Larson
Goalkeepers-UCLA - Brandon Brooks (8 GA, 11 Saves), USC - Damjanovic (9 GA, 7 Saves)
UCLA 2 1 1 0 - 4
Stanford 2 2 3 0 - 7
Stanford-Hudnut 3, Azevado 2, Nesmith, Arnott
Goalkeepers-UCLA - Brandon Brooks (7 GA, 9 Saves), Stanford-Ellis (4 GA, 5 Saves)