Oct. 9, 2000
UCLA VS. CAL: The Bruins (8-2, 4-0 MPSF) will take their undefeated MPSF record up north to take on the Bears on Saturday at 10:00am at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears are currently 6-4 overall and hold a 2-1 MPSF record. Cal is coming off a tough 5-4 loss to UC Irvine last weekend. The Anteaters took a 5-1 lead heading into the final period. Although Cal outscored UCI 3-0 in the fourth, it was too little too late, as the Bears dropped their first MPSF game of the season.
UCLA defeated Cal earlier this year to take third place at the So Cal Tournament. Adam Wright and Brian Brown scored three goals each in the 10-7 win, while Brandon Brooks made six saves for the Bruins. Jerry Smith scored three times for the Bears.
UCLA VS. STANFORD: On Sunday, the Bruins travel to Stanford for a non-league matchup. This will be the first meeting for the two teams this year. Stanford is currently 6-5 overall and 1-3 in MPSF contests. Stanford is coming off two tough losses, falling to Pacific, 8-7, and UC Irvine, 5-3. Earlier this year, Stanford finished second at the So Cal Tournament, but the Cardinal has lost three of their last four games.
LAST WEEKEND: The Bruins won their fifth straight game, defeating the No. 3 USC Trojans, 7-5. In his first game back from the Summer Olympics in Sydney, senior Sean Kern scored four goals, including UCLA's last three, to lead the Bruins to victory at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. It was the first Bruin victory at USC since 1994. Blake Wellen opened the scoring 32 seconds in the first period. After a USC score, Jeff Pflueger scored with 12 seconds remaining in the first to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead after one. Kern scored two in the second and Parker added a goal to give UCLA a 5-2 lead at halftime. Kern scored two more goals to help UCLA take a 7-3 lead with 2:47 left in the third period. USC scored twice more, but the Bruin defense remained strong to hold on to the win. Brandon Brooks led the defense with 11 saves in goal.
NOTES: Adam Wright leads the team in scoring and assists with 21 goals and 17 assists ... Brandon Brooks has a 4.67 GAA, and has allowed only 13 goals in the last four games ... Andy Bailey and Blake Wellen each have five field saves, tying for the team lead ...Wright leads the team in steals with 11, while Bailey has nine.
RANKINGS: UCLA was ranked No. 1 in the October 4 US Collegiate Water Polo poll. Cal held the second spot, and USC was third. Stanford and UC Irvine round out the top five. Rankings are released every Wednesday, and can be found at http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.org