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.