Stanford Hands UCLA Water Polo First Loss

Sept. 30, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Despite getting three goals from freshman driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla), the UCLA men's water polo team lost to top-ranked Stanford, 10-6, in a nonconference match Sunday afternoon. The match drew a capacity crowd of 750 fans to Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The third-ranked Bruins dropped to 4-1 on the year, while Stanford remained unbeaten at 4-0.

Stanford freshman Tony Azevado scored twice in the first quarter as Stanford led 3-2 at the first break and 5-2 at halftime. Azevado and Jeff Nesmith each scored on breakaways early in the second half to give the Cardinal a 7-2 lead midway through the third period.

The Bruins drew within four after Alfonso Tucay (Sr., Burbank/Burroughs) scored on the opening series of the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.

"They're the top team, and we didn't make the most of our opportunities early in the match," UCLA head coach Adam Krikorian said.

Jeff Pflueger (Sr., Santa Ana/Foothill) and Ted Peck (Fr., Irvine/University) also scored as the Bruins' 10-match winning streak (dating back to last season) was snapped. Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) stopped five Stanford shots, while his Stanford counterpart, Nick Ellis, recorded 12 saves.

UCLA hosts second-ranked USC in a pivotal conference match Saturday at 12 p.m. at Sunset Canyon Rec Center.

Stanford 3 2 3 2 - 10

UCLA 2 0 1 3 - 6

Stanford-Tony Azevado 3, Onno Koelman 2, Todd Snider, Peter Hudnut, Jeff Nesmith, Brian Darrow, Pasi Dutton

UCLA-Brett Ormsby 3, Ted Peck, Jeff Pflueger, Alfonso Tucay

Goalkeepers - Stanford - Nick Ellis (6 GA, 12 Saves), UCLA - Brandon Brooks (10 GA, 5 Saves)

Shots - Stanford 21, UCLA 27

Extra Man - Stanford 4-6, UCLA 3-6


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