NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
No. 1 Men's Water Polo Returns Home To Take On LMU

Oct. 23, 2000

THIS WEEKEND: The Bruins (14-2, 5-0 MPSF) will return home after an extended road swing to host the No. 10 Loyola Marymount Lions on Saturday at noon at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Lions are coming off of an 11th place finish at the Northern California tournament. At the tournament, they defeated UC Davis and Cal Baptist, but fell to Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. LMU is 13-7 this season. UCLA holds a 6-0 series lead vs. LMU.

LAST WEEKEND: UCLA won its 11th game in a row, defeating USC 11-9 in the Championship game of the Northern California Tournament. Sean Kern scored three goals to lead UCLA. Although the Bruins outscored USC 8-3 in the first half, the Trojans cut the lead to one late in the fourth quarter. Kern's goal with 43 seconds remaining sealed the victory for UCLA. Brian Brown, Dave Parker and Adam Wright each scored two goals for the Bruins, while goalie Brandon Brooks made 11 saves in net.

Wright scored three goals to lead UCLA past Cal 9-4 in the semifinals. The Bruins did not allow a first half goal. Brian Brown scored twice for UCLA, and Brooks made eight saves in goal.

Saturday's games showed the strength of the Bruin defense. UCLA allowed only three goals in both games, defeating UC Santa Cruz 16-3, and Pepperdine 10-3. Freshman Albert Garcia had a strong showing against the Banana Slugs, scoring four goals. Wright, Andy Bailey, Alfonso Tucay and Kyle Baumgarner all scored twice. Brian Estes scored the first goal of his career vs. UCSC.

The defense held Pepperdine without a goal in the first half, taking a 6-0 lead into the third quarter. Kern scored three times, while Wright added a pair of goals. All six seniors scored in the game, and sophomore Matt Flesher added a goal.

Stanford finished third in the 16-team tournament, defeating Cal 8-7. Second-ranked UC Irvine placed fifth, defeating Pepperdine 6-5 on a last second goal. Third-ranked Long Beach State fell to seventh place, beating UC San Diego 5-2. Pacific edged UC Santa Barbara 7-6 in overtime to take ninth place.

NOTES: UCLA allowed one second quarter goal in the four games of the Nor Cal Tournament, and only five first half goals ... Against MPSF teams, UCLA is averaging 9.71 goals per game, and only allows 5.29 goals per game. Both numbers are the best in the MPSF. The second highest goals per game is Long Beach State with 7.92 goals, and the next best defenses are UCI, USC and Stanford, all allowing 6.23 goals per game ...UCLA will play its remaining regular season games at home. The games vs. Stanford and USC will be held at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center before the UCLA football games.

RANKINGS: UCLA was ranked No. 1 in the October 18 US Collegiate Water Polo poll. UC Irvine was ranked second, while USC and Long Beach State were tied for third. California and Stanford tied for fifth place. Rankings are released every Wednesday, and can be found at

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