UCLA Men's Water Polo Picked Third in MPSF Preseason Poll

Aug. 15, 2011

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team has been selected to finish in a tie for third place among nine teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) preseason coaches' poll, as announced by the conference on Monday.

UCLA and Stanford are tied for third in the preseason poll, with each team collecting 45 points.

USC and California have been picked to finish first, with the Trojans and Golden Bears each securing 60 points. USC, the defending NCAA Champions, netted five of nine first-place votes. California received the other four.

Rounding out the poll's final five teams, respectively, are Pacific, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.

UCLA went 19-6 in 2010, tying for second place with USC in the MPSF regular-season standings with a 6-2 conference mark. The Bruins finished fourth at the MPSF Tournament.

In 2011, the Bruins will return 15 letterwinners, including top scoring threats Josh Samuels, Griffin White, Cullen Hennessy and Cristiano Mirarchi. Other key returnees include Aimone Barabino, Brett Hays and Chris Wendt. UCLA's three goalkeepers - James Hartshorne, Matt Rapacz and Andrew Mesesan - split time in the cage last fall and return this season.

UCLA begins its season at home, hosting the UCLA Invitational at Spieker Aquatics Center, on Saturday, Sept. 3. That day's complete schedule, including opponents and times, has not been finalized.

2011 MPSF PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

Rank Team Points (First-Place) 2010 Record 2010 MPSF Record (Finish)
1T USC 60 (5) 28-2 6-2 (2nd-tie)
1T California 60 (4) 24-4 8-0 (1st)
3T UCLA 45 19-6 6-2 (2nd-tie)
3T Stanford 45 15-8 5-3 (4th)
5 Pacific 39 17-11 4-4 (5th-tie)
6 Pepperdine 23 9-18 1-7 (8th)
7 Long Beach State 22 7-15 0-8 (9th)
8 UC Santa Barbara 20 12-12 2-6 (7th)
9 UC Irvine 10 18-82 4-4 (5th-tie)

EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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