Oct. 13, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team takes on No. 4 Stanford on Friday night and faces Chapman on Sunday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins look to improve upon their 1-1 MPSF record when they face conference foe Stanford under the lights Friday.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, October 15 - 7 p.m.
No. 4 Stanford (7-4, 1-0) at No. 3 UCLA (9-3, 1-1)
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center
Sunday, October 17 - 12 p.m.
Chapman (8-8) at No. 3 UCLA (9-3)
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center
Fans unable to attend Friday's game against Stanford can tune in online, listening to a live audio broadcast at uclabruins.com. UCLA's John Ramey and Mike Sondheimer will have the call from the pool deck at Spieker Aquatics Center at 6:55 p.m.
ADMISSION ON FRIDAY
Tickets to Friday's MPSF match between UCLA and Stanford will cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 15 and under). UCLA students can earn free admission by presenting their BruinCard at the gate. Sunday's game versus Chapman is free to the public.
UCLA went 1-1 in its weekend trip to the Bay Area, dropping an 11-8 decision at California on Saturday before rebounding with a 10-9 victory at Pacific on Sunday. Junior Cullen Hennessy led the Bruins over the weekend with three goals - two at California and one at Pacific. With Sunday's road win against Pacific, the Bruins pushed their overall record to 9-3 and evened their conference mark at 1-1.
Following UCLA's trip north last weekend, the Bruins have played more than half their regular-season matches. UCLA will play each of their next six matches at home in a 17-day span. Following this weekend's games against Stanford and Chapman, UCLA will host an MPSF match versus UC Irvine on Saturday, Oct. 23, a non-conference doubleheader against UC San Diego and Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, Oct. 30, and an MPSF match against Long Beach State on Sunday, Oct. 31.
THE HOHL SHOT
Senior Ben Hohl leads UCLA with 22 goals and is tied for sixth place among MPSF players with 2.00 goals per game. He has scored in 10 of 11 games played, totaling at least two goals in seven matches. Hohl has netted four goals in six career games, including two contests this fall. The native of Atherton, Calif., has scored 122 career goals, currently standing four shy of breaking into UCLA's all-time top-10 goals scored list. Former standout Corbin Graham (1993-96) ranks 10th with 126 career goals.
Three of UCLA's top seven scorers hail from the team's sophomore class. A trio of true sophomores have each scored eight goals or more through the Bruins' first 12 matches. Josh Samuels ranks third on the team with 15 goals, Griffin White is fourth with 13 goals and Bret Lathrope has registered eight goals. Samuels has tallied five multiple-goal efforts, including one four-goal performance against Pacific and consecutive three-goal games (vs. USC on Sept. 19, vs. Loyola Marymount on Sept. 25).
Freshman Cristiano Mirarchi scored eight goals and sophomore Josh Samuels added seven to lead UCLA to a second-place finish at the SoCal Tournament, hosted by the Bruins on Oct. 2-3. UCLA opened the tournament defeating Princeton, 13-2, in the first round and advanced to the semifinals with a 13-11 win over Pacific. The Bruins raced to a 4-0 lead against UC Irvine in a semifinal match and never looked back, winning 8-6. In the championship match, UCLA fell to crosstown rival USC, 9-8.
IN THE CAGE
Junior Andrew Mesesan have recorded 46 saves, while freshman James Hartshorne has logged 44 stops. Hartshorne enters the weekend having posted a 7.00 goals against average, surrendering 28 goals in four starts. Mesesan has logged a 8.48 goals against average, allowing 53 goals in eight matches (five starts). Through games played Oct. 10, Hartshorne leads the MPSF with 11.0 saves per game.
Senior Ben Hohl tallied a team-leading nine goals in UCLA's four NorCal Tournament games at California (Sept. 18-19). Hohl led the way with four goals against Pacific in a second-round match, added two in a 10-9 semifinal victory over Stanford and scored two more in an 11-10 loss in the title match against USC. UCLA finished second to the Trojans at the NorCal Tournament for the second straight season.
AROUND THE WORLD
Seniors Ben Hohl and Jacob Murphy spent a portion of their offseason playing for the USA National Team in Europe. Hohl and Murphy both competed for Team USA at the Volvo Cup in Germany. Hohl continued his stint with the National Team during the summer, playing alongside veteran Team USA attacker Adam Wright (UCLA's second-year head coach). Hohl and Wright helped Team USA finish fourth at the annual FINA World Championships (Oradea, Romania).
Three players on the Bruins' 2010 roster arrive at UCLA after having grown up outside the United States. Senior Emilio Vieira hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spent two years studying at Golden West College (Huntington Beach, Calif.) before enrolling at UCLA in 2009. Freshmen Aimone Barabino and Cristiano Mirarchi call Italy home. Barabino, from Recco, Italy, spent the 2009-10 school year in New York City, attending La Scuola d'Italia, while Mirarchi attended high school in his hometown of Rome.
As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Oct. 13, UCLA has been tabbed No. 3 in the national top-20 rankings. USC is ranked No. 1 in this week's poll, California is No. 2, and Stanford and UC Irvine have been slotted No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. UC Santa Barbara, Pacific, Long Beach State, UC San Diego and Loyola Marymount round out the top 10 selections, respectively.
AT THE HELM
Adam Wright is midway through his second year as UCLA's head coach. The four-year Bruin letterwinner (1997-2000) and a 2001 graduate of UCLA helped lead the Bruins to a 23-7 record and MPSF Tournament title in his first season as the program's head coach (2009). Wright represented the United States on the men's national team at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, leading Team USA to the silver medal in 2008.