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UCLA Won The 2009 Princeton Invitational
It was just a couple years ago that the UCLA Bruins won the 2009 Princeton Invitational. UCLA opened the 2009 season with a 17-4 win at Princeton on Sept. 11. The following day, UCLA posted a 15-5 win over Brown and a 20-6 victory over Iona. The Bruins finished the Invitational with a 14-7 win over Johns Hopkins on Sept. 13 and then ended competition with a 15-3 victory over Bucknell.
Bruins Head East This Week
The second-ranked UCLA men's water polo program travels to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational on Sept. 8-9, 2012. UCLA will play five teams in the two-day span, starting with Fordham on Sept. 8 at 5:45 a.m. (8:45 a.m. ET). UCLA is 23-0 all-time against the tournament field (13-0 vs. Brown, 8-0 vs. Princeton, 1-0 vs. Fordham and 1-0 vs. John Hopkins).
2012 Princeton Invitational Schedule
|Sept. 8||vs. Fordham||5:45 a.m. PT|
|Sept. 8||vs. George Washington||10:45 a.m. PT|
|Sept. 8||vs. Johns Hopkins||6:15 p.m. PT|
|Sept. 9||vs. Brown||5:00 a.m. PT|
|Sept. 9||at Princeton||11:15 a.m. PT|
Recapping Last Week
Last week the Bruins hosted the UCLA Invitational on Labor Day weekend and played three regular-season games and three exhibition games against MPSF competition. The Bruins opened the season with a 16-5 win over 21st-ranked Pomona-Pitzer on Sept. 1. UCLA received a game-high two goals from freshmen Danny McClintick and Joey Fuentes, as well as sophomore David Culpan and junior Chris Wendt. Later that day, UCLA posted a 15-7 victory over Cal Baptist, receiving a team-high three goals each from sophomore Paul Reynolds and Wendt. The Bruins concluded the Invitational with a 15-5 win over Chapman on Sept. 2 and improved to 3-0 on the season. McClintick led all scorers with four goals.
Injury Bug Bites The Bruins
Senior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz, junior center Lucas Reynolds and senior attacker Griffin White all missed last week's UCLA Invitational due to injuries. Senior utility Josh Samuels was forced to sit out the two matches on Sept. 1, but returned to the starting lineup on Sept. 2, scoring three goals on five shots in the win over Chapman. Samuels added one assist and one steal in the game against the Panthers.
Who's Leading The Bruins?
With three collegiate games under his belt, true freshman utility Danny McClintick is leading UCLA in scoring with seven goals. Junior defender Chris Wendt and sophomore attacker David Culpan are close behind with five goals each. Sophomore attacker Chris Fahlsing and freshmen attackers Joey Fuentes and Mario Cardenas round out the top six in scoring, each with four goals. With the injury to senior Matt Rapacz, sophomore goalkeeper Stephen White played all 12 periods in the cage for the Bruins last week and allowed 16 goals while registering 25 saves.
Wright On Deck For Year Four
The Bruins are led by fourth-year head coach Adam Wright, who has compiled a 66-18 (.786) record, including a 17-7 mark in MPSF action. Wright played at UCLA from 1997-2000, helping lead the Bruins to NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000. He played for the USA National Team in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, leading Team USA to a silver medal in 2008 in Beijing. Wright has played for the National Team in every major international tournament since 2001. He has guided the Bruins to two MPSF Tournament titles and runner-up finishes at the NCAA Tournament in his three seasons at the helm. In 2009 and 2011, UCLA won the MPSF Tournament title and advanced to the title match of the NCAA Tournament. Wright was named MPSF Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading UCLA to the MPSF Tournament title and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Tournament.