No. 3 Water Polo Hosts #10 Pacific, #1 Stanford

Sept. 24, 2001

UCLA THIS WEEK: The third-ranked UCLA Bruins (3-0, 1-0 MPSF) return home to Sunset Canyon Rec Center this weekend for a pair of men's water polo matches against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals Pacific (1-2, 0-1) and top-ranked Stanford (2-0, 1-0) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Opening sprint both days will be at 12 p.m.

LAST WEEKEND: UCLA opened its conference schedule on the road with an 8-6 victory over No. 6 Long Beach State on Friday. The 49ers held a 5-4 lead before the Bruins responded with four goals in the final three minutes of the third quarter to take control. Freshman driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) tallied three times, while senior two-meter man Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) gave UCLA the lead for good with two minutes left in the third period. Goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) made 13 stops and got considerable help from his goalposts, which kept three Long Beach shots out of the net.

Saturday, the Bruins pulled away with four goals in the second quarter to defeat Loyola Marymount 9-4 at Burns Aquatic Center. Driver Jeff Pflueger (Sr., Santa Ana/Foothill) broke a 2-2 tie and Albert Garcia (So., Long Beach/Wilson) followed with another score one minute later to open the floodgates. Garcia and Flesher each scored twice on the day, while Brooks notched 10 saves.

UCLA vs. UOP: UCLA holds a 19-3 record all-time vs. Pacific. The Tigers' last win over the Bruins was a 6-5 shocker in the first round of the 1996 MPSF Tournament. UCLA bounced back from that loss to win the NCAA title one week later, and have since won nine consecutive matches over UOP.

After a 17-7 rout of Santa Clara in its season opener, Pacific has dropped two straight decisions to California and UC Irvine. Head coach Courtney Porter lost many of his top scorers from a year ago. Sophomore driver Brady Norvall leads the Tigers' balanced attack with six goals in three matches.

UCLA vs. STANFORD: Sunday's highly anticipated match is the first of two with the Cardinal, and will not count toward the league standings. Stanford leads the all-time series 58-52, but UCLA head coach Adam Krikorian is 4-2 against Stanford's Dante Dettamenti in his short tenure.

The Cardinal are led offensively by freshman driver Tony Azevado, one of the most recognized young players in international water polo. Azevado has already tallied nine goals in his first two matches, wins over UC Davis and UC Irvine.

NOTABLE STREAKS: Saturday's win over LMU was the Bruins' 100th consecutive over teams not currently in the MPSF. UCLA's last such loss was to Fresno State on Sept. 28, 1986. The Bruins have also strung together 44 straight wins against non-conference teams. Pepperdine defeated UCLA on Nov. 5, 1992, when the Bruins competed in a four-team Pac-10 water polo league.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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