Nov. 6, 2000
THIS WEEKEND: The Bruins (17-2, 7-0 MPSF) host No. 3 UC Irvine Sunday at noon in a conference game that could determine seeding for the MPSF Tournament. The Bruins are on a 14-game winning streak and are looking to win the regular season MPSF title outright and earn the No. 1 seed. The Anteaters, who have an MPSF game against Long Beach State on Tuesday night, have only one league loss and are 16-5 overall.
These teams met in the Bruins' season opener in Irvine. UCLA fell in overtime to the Anteaters, 9-7. Junior Jeff Powers leads the Anteaters in scoring this season with 54 goals. Goalie Dan Hipp has 185 saves in goal in 21 starts this season.
LAST WEEKEND: UCLA won its 13th and 14th games in a row, defeating Stanford 10-3 and Long Beach State 16-7 in critical MPSF games to improve its conference mark to 7-0 and guarantee itself at least a share of the regular season title.
Sean Kern and Matt Flesher scored three goals each to lead UCLA in the win over Stanford. The Bruins took a 5-1 lead into halftime, and never relented in the second half. UCLA kept a four goal lead until the fourth quarter when they dominated the Cardinal, outscoring them 4-1 in the final period. Brandon Brooks made nine saves in the win.
The Bruins jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against Long Beach State and took a 7-3 lead after two periods. However, Long Beach State refused to be put away, trading goals with UCLA in the third period. In the fourth period, the Bruins stepped up and proved why they are the No. 1 team in the nation, holding The Beach scoreless and putting in four goals. Kern led the team with four goals, while Flesher and Andy Bailey each had a hat trick. Dave Parker and Brian Brown added a pair of goals.
NOTES: The Bruins have won 14 games in a row, their longest winning streak since the 1990 season when they opened the season on a 16-0 run ... UCLA was 6 for 8 in 6 x 5 opportunities against Long Beach State ... After scoring 14 goals in 17 games this season, senior Andy Bailey had four goals this weekend, to go along with six steals and three assists ... Flesher had six goals in the two games this weekend, and also had three assists.
RANKINGS: UCLA was ranked No. 1 in the November 1 US Collegiate Water Polo poll. USC was ranked second, and UC Irvine was third. California and Stanford round out the top five. Rankings are released every Wednesday, and can be found at http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.org. UCLA has been ranked No. 1 in seven of the 10 polls this year, and for the last five weeks straight.