Oct. 13, 2003
BRUINS HOST TOP-RANKED GOLDEN BEARS AT THE ROSE BOWL:
UCLA (8-4) will open up Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play this weekend when it hosts top-ranked California (12-3) at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center prior to UCLA's 12:30 p.m. football match-up against the Golden Bears. Game time is set for 10:00 a.m.
After defeating Stanford 10-9 in sudden victory overtime in the championship match of the Nor Cal Tournament, the Golden Bears took over the top-ranking from USC. Currently, California is on a seven game winning streak, which includes wins over the Trojans, Cardinal, and UC San Diego. Attila Banhidy leads the Golden Bears with 34 goals in 25 matches, while Andrija Vasiljevic has posted 20 scores. Goalkeeper Nate Bennett has registered 71 saves in 11 matches, while allowing 6.38 goals per game.
UCLA RETURNS TO SUNSET CANYON RECREATION CENTER AGAINST PACIFIC:
UCLA will return Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Sunday for a 12:00 p.m. MPSF contest against Pacific (5-9). The Tigers have won their last two matches and finished 14th at the Nor Cal Tournament two weeks ago.
Eddie Wisniewski leads Pacific with 45 goals in 14 matches, while Adam Zobler ranks second on the team with 22 goals scored. Goalkeeping duties have been spread out for the Tigers, but Tom Markel has started eight contests. He is allowing 9.2 goals per game while averaging 5.6 saves.
ORMSBY, PECK,BELDEN AND AXELRAD TOPS IN BRUIN STATS:
With 25 goals in only 12 matches, junior driver Brett Ormsby has been spearheading the Bruin offense early in 2003. The El Cajon native also leads UCLA with 13 assists. Ranking second on the team in goals scored is junior center Ted Peck who has recorded 12 goals in as many matches this season.
On the defensive side, junior driver and team captain Peter Belden has registered 14 steals to lead the Bruins. In the goal, Joe Axelrad has been the Bruin ironman, starting every contest of the season. He is currently allowing 6.78 goals per game. The Studio City product has also posted 74 saves in 46 quarters of action.
BRUINS IN THE POLL:
The Bruins remained in the fifth ranking in last week's Collegiate Coaches Water Polo Poll to fifth after a fifth-place finish at the Nor Cal Tournament. The poll is released every Wednesday during the season and can be found at www.collegiatewaterpolo.org.