Oct. 29, 2002
UC IRVINE ANTEATERS: UCLA (9-6, 1-3 MPSF) will meet fifth-ranked UC Irvine (11-6, 2-2 MPSF) for the third time this season when the Aneaters visit Sunset Canyon Recreation Center for a 12:00 pm Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match-up on Saturday. The Bruins have split their two meetings with the Anteaters, falling 10-7 in Irvine in their first match of the season before defeating UC Irvine in the semi-finals of the Nor Cal Tournament. The Anteaters hold a 49-57-1 edge over the Bruins in the series, despite dropping their only match against UCLA during the 2001 season. UC Irvine split its matches last weekend with a 4-3 defeat of third-ranked USC and dropping a highly competitive 9-8 match to top-ranked Stanford, in a pair of MPSF contests last weekend.
U.S. National Team member Jeff Powers leads UC Irvine with 45 goals, while sophomore Dreason Barry trails closely with 42 scores in 17 matches. Senior goalkeeper Doug Finfrock has recorded 139 saves over the course of the season to average 7.72 saves per contest.
LAST WEEKEND: UCLA hosted its first match of the 2002 season at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Saturday when it took on top-ranked Stanford for the second time in six days. The Bruins battled with the Cardinal throughout the match, building a 3-2 lead heading into halftime. UCLA continued to pull away from Stanford in the second half, holding a 8-6 advantage over the Cardinal with less than three minutes remaining in the contest. However, Stanford took over control of the match, scoring three straight goals in the final minutes to take the lead. The Bruins tied the match with under a minute left to send it into overtime. However, the Cardinal attack dominated the period, outscoring UCLA 3-1 in overtime. Tony Azevedo's four-meter penalty goal with seven seconds remaining sealed the 12-10 victory for Stanford.
BROOKS IN THE BOOKS: Three-time All American goalkeeper Brandon Brooks is currently on pace for place in the Bruin record books. Bruin legend Matt Swanson holds the UCLA records for saves in a season and in a career with 250 and 695, respectively. Brooks has posted 159 saves (632 in his career-to-date) this season to average 10.6 saves per match. If the Honolulu, Hawaii native keeps this average through out the season, he will surpass Swanson in both categories to finish with 254 saves this season and 727 career saves. Brooks only has to average seven saves per match for the remainder of the season to take over the top career saves spot.
BRUINS IN THE POLL: The Bruins are currently ranked second in the most recent American Water Polo Coaches Association Poll after a 4-3 MPSF victory over California. The new poll, which will reflect the results from last weekend, will not be released until Wednesday, October 30th.