Nov. 12, 2002
PACIFIC: UCLA (11-7, 3-4 MPSF) will look to move ahead in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings when they take on Pacific (10-11, 3-4 MPSF) in Stockton in a 12:00 pm showdown. The teams are currently tied at 3-4 in sixth-place in conference play with the match between them being the only conference match remaining on their schedules. The loser of the match will face Stanford in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. The winner awaits the tournament's third seed, which is up for grabs among California, USC and UC Irvine, who are all tied at 4-3 in the standings.
The teams met previously in the season, with UCLA claiming a 9-8 victory over the Tigers in the second-round of the Nor Cal Tournament. In the series, the Bruins hold a sizeable 21-3 advantage over Pacific.
The Tigers are led this season by junior two-meter player Eddie Wisniewski with 33 goals, who is closely followed by senior utilityman Nic Hepner with 32 scores. In the goal, junior Laurie Trettel has posted 166 saves in 20 matches to average 8.3 saves per game. The Perth, Australia native is allowing 7.75 goals per contest.
LAST WEEKEND: The Bruins split their weekend matches with a 6-5 loss to ninth-ranked Long Beach State in Westwood, before posting a 8-6 victory at UC Santa Barbara.
After trailing 3-0 after the first quarter, the Bruins fought back to within one score of the visting 49ers in a rain-soaked match last Friday. Two-meter player Ted Peck found the back of the net with 46 seconds remaining to cut the Long Beach lead to 6-5. However, after a 49er possession and Bruin timeout, UCLA could not score in the final 11 seonds and fell to 2-4 in conference action.
UCLA rebounded on Saturday, pulling out to their own 3-0 lead over the Gauchos. The Bruins increased their advantage to 7-2 heading into the final period before UCSB rattled off four scores in the fourth quarter to make a match of it. However, the lead was too much to overcome and the Bruins took home the win behind Brett Ormsby's hat trick.
BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins are currently ranked second in the most recent American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll. The new poll, which will reflect the results from last weekend, will not be released until Wednesday, November 13th.