Oct. 14, 2002
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: The second-ranked Bruins (8-4, 0-2 MPSF) will return to Northern California with an 10:30 a.m. MPSF match-up with fifth-ranked California (9-3, 2-1 MPSF). It will be the second meeting between the schools this season, with the Golden Bears edging UCLA, 11-8 in the first round of the So Cal Tournament in September.
Over the course of the series, UCLA has built a 61-47-1 advantage over California, including this season's meeting. The Golden Bears are coming off a 5-3 upset of third-ranked USC in Los Angeles last weekend. Junior driver Atila Banhidy leads California with 24 goals in 12 matches, while Chris Lathrop and Will Quist each have 14 scores. Goalkeeper Russell Bernstein has is posting 7.285 saves per game, which ranks second in the conference behind UCLA's Brandon Brooks.
STANFORD CARDINAL: UCLA will meet the top-ranked Cardinal (14-2, 2-1 MPSF) for the first time this season in a non-conference match in Stanford on Sunday. In the series, Stanford holds a 62-52 edge over the Bruins. The defending national champions swept their opponents last weekend, with a MPSF win over Pacific and a 16-2 victory over UC Davis.
The Cardinal are led this season by 2001 NCAA Player of the Year Tony Azevedo, who leads the MPSF with 55 goals in 16 matches. Three-time All-American goalkeeper Nick Ellis also is tops in the conference with his 5.1 goals allowed average.
LAST WEEKEND: UCLA suffered its toughest loss of the year with a 7-6 fourth overtime loss to sixth-ranked Pepperdine in its first home match of the season. After leading 6-4 heading into the fourth quarter, the Waves scored two unanswered goals to send the match into overtime. Both teams were unable to score in the regular overtime periods, but with 1:31 remaining in the second sudden-death period, Pepperdine found the back of the net for the win. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks matched a career-high 16 saves in the defeat, while only allowing seven goals in over 38 minutes of play. Ted Peck and Brett Ormsby led the Bruins with two goals apiece.
The Bruins rebounded on Sunday with a 9-3 victory over seventh-ranked Loyola Marymount. The win kept UCLA undefeated in its series with the Lions and marked the tenth series win for the Bruins. Peck, Ormsby and Albert Garcia each scored twice in the contest, while Brooks only allowed two goals in three quarters of action.
BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins are currently ranked second in the most recent American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll after claiming the Nor Cal Tournament Championship. The new poll, which will reflect the results from last weekend, will not be released until Wednesday, October 16th.