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No. 3 UCLA Men's Water Polo to Host Three Games This Weekend
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/27/2010

Oct. 27, 2010

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team hosts a trio of games at Spieker Aquatics Center this weekend, starting with a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. That day, the Bruins will face No. 12 UC San Diego (10-9) at 1 p.m. and No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer (11-10) at 3:30 p.m. UCLA (12-3, 3-1 MPSF) returns to MPSF action with a home match against No. 8 Long Beach State (7-8, 0-2) on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Bruins have not faced any of these three teams this season. Admission to each home game is free.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
No. 12 UC San Diego (10-9) at No. 3 UCLA (12-3)

Saturday, October 30 - 1 p.m.
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center

No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer (11-10) at No. 3 UCLA (12-3)
Saturday, October 30 - 3:30 p.m.
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center

No. 8 Long Beach State (7-8, 0-2) at No. 3 UCLA (12-3, 3-1)
Sunday, October 31 - 12 p.m.
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center

A LOOK BACK
UCLA received three goals from senior Ben Hohl and sophomore Griffin White in an 11-8 victory over UC Irvine last Saturday evening. The victory pushed UCLA's MPSF record to 3-1. The Bruins never trailed against the visiting Anteaters and opened up a 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Freshman goalkeeper James Hartshorne netted six saves in the cage for UCLA.

THE MPSF RACE
Entering this weekend's MPSF action, California occupies first place with a 2-0 mark. UCLA holds the tiebreak advantage in second place over Stanford, as both teams are 3-1. UC Irvine is fourth with a 2-1 mark, while USC is fifth at 2-2 in the conference. Pacific has split its two MPSF contests, UC Santa Barbara has gone 1-2 while Long Beach State (0-2) and Pepperdine (0-4) remain winless in MPSF action this fall.

THE HOHL SHOT
Senior Ben Hohl leads UCLA with 28 goals in 13 games and ranks fifth among MPSF players with 2.15 goals per game. He has scored in 12 of 13 games played, totaling at least two goals in nine matches. Hohl has netted four goals in six career games, including two contests this fall. His 128 career-goal total is 10th on UCLA's all-time goals list. Hohl is two shy of Jim Toring's 130-goal total.

YOUNG SCORERS
Three of UCLA's top four scorers hail from the team's sophomore and freshman classes. True sophomores Josh Samuels and Griffin White have each scored 17 goals. Freshman Cristiano Mirarchi has netted 22 goals, the second-highest total on the team. Samuels has tallied six multiple-goal efforts, including one four-goal performance against Pacific. White has scored at least one goal in 11 of 14 matches, and Mirarchi netted a team season-high five goals in a 10-9 win over Stanford on Sept. 19.

SOCAL REVIEW
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
Freshman James Hartshorne leads all MPSF goalkeepers with 9.50 saves per contest. The former standout at Northwood High School (Irvine) has posted a 7.33 goals against average in six starts, logging a team-leading 57 saves. Hartshorne's 7.33 goals against average is fourth-lowest in the conference. Junior Andrew Mesesan has tallied 56 saves in nine games (six starts), logging a 7.86 goals against average.

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).

INTERNATIONAL ROOTS
Three players on the Bruins' 2010 roster arrived 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.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Oct. 27, UCLA has been tabbed No. 3 in the national top-20 rankings. California is ranked No. 1 in this week's poll, USC is No. 2, and Stanford and UC Irvine have been slotted No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. UC Santa Barbara, Pacific, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine 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 last fall. 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.


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