No. 2 UCLA to Host No. 6 LMU, Compete in SoCal Tournament

Oct. 8, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team (5-1) faces No. 6 Loyola Marymount (9-5) in a non-conference game Thursday at home, before opening play in the annual SoCal Tournament against Bucknell on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Loyola Marymount.

WHAT'S ON DECK
UCLA will play four games in five days, beginning with its home match against No. 6 Loyola Marymount on Thursday. The Bruins take on Bucknell in the opening round of the SoCal Tournament on Saturday (8 a.m.) at Loyola Marymount's Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center. Later that day, UCLA will play either No. 10 Long Beach State or No. 9 UC San Diego in the tournament's second round.

ABOUT THE LIONS
Loyola Marymount enters Thursday's non-conference game with a 9-5 overall record and rides a four-game win streak. Most recently, the sixth-ranked Lions defeated Harvard, 19-4, at LMU's Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on Saturday, Oct. 4.

SOCAL TOURNAMENT
The Bruins finished fourth at the SoCal Tournament one year ago and registered a third-place finish in 2006. UCLA also posted fourth-place finishes in 2005 and 2004. This year's event will be hosted by Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. The Bruins will play both games at Loyola Marymount on Saturday, and all winners' bracket contests will take place Sunday at Pepperdine.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Senior Krsto Sbutega and junior Chay Lapin have been honored this fall as MPSF Co-Players of the Week. Sbutega earned the accolade after scoring a career-high five goals in UCLA's 10-4 win at UC Irvine (Sept. 13). Lapin captured weekly honors on Monday, after having tied his career high with 15 saves in a 10-4 win against Long Beach State last Saturday (Oct. 4).

TOP SCORERS
UCLA's offensive attack has been led by senior Krsto Sbutega (12 goals) and junior Scott Davidson (10 goals). Both Davidson and Sbutega led the Bruins with 47 and 35 goals, respectively, in 2007. Sbutega logged a career-high five goals in UCLA's season-opening win at UC Irvine and followed that performance with a four-goal game against Pacific in the first round of the NorCal Tournament.

SOPHOMORE STARS
Sophomore Ben Hohl and Jacob Murphy have made significant contributions to the Bruins, six games into the season. Hohl, who scored 27 goals as a true freshman in 2007, has registered seven goals this fall. Murphy has tallied four goals in six games and scored a pair of goals in UCLA's 6-4 victory over then-top-ranked California in the NorCal Tournament.

WHO'S BACK
The Bruins welcome back 13 letterwinners in 2008, including All-America goalkeeper Chay Lapin and two honorable mention All-America selections, senior Krsto Sbutega and junior Scott Davidson. In all, UCLA's roster features three seniors, seven juniors, three sophomores and 11 freshmen (five expected to redshirt). The Bruins' other two seniors - Chris Allen and Russell Simpkins - solidify a defense backed by Lapin, who started 36 games in the cage during his first two seasons at UCLA.

IN THE POLLS
As released on Wednesday, Oct. 8, UCLA has been ranked second in the nation, behind crosstown rival USC. Rounding out the national poll's top five teams are Stanford, Pepperdine and Calfornia. UCLA defeated then-No. 1 California, 6-4, in the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament, handing the Bruins their second victory over the country's top-ranked team in as many seasons.

IN THE CAGE
Junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin has recorded 71 saves through the Bruins' first six games, logging 11 saves or more in five matches. At the NorCal Tournament, Lapin made 45 stops in four games, allowing just 4.5 goals per game. Last weekend, Lapin tied his career high with 15 saves in a 10-4 MPSF victory against Long Beach State. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Lapin has averaged 11.8 saves per contest this season.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Bruins will host five more home matches - four at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center and one at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. UCLA faces Stanford (Oct. 18) at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center prior to a football game that afternoon. The Bruins host Loyola Marymount (Oct. 9), Brown (Oct. 19), UC Irvine (Nov. 7) and UC San Diego (Nov. 9) at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

AT THE HELM
In his 10th season as head coach at UCLA, Adam Krikorian has tallied a 181-55 record. A four-year letterwinner and 1997 UCLA graduate, Krikoriam has been a part of 14 national championships in 16 seasons with the water polo program. As head coach of the men's and women's programs, Krikorian has guided UCLA to 10 national titles (three men's, seven women's). Krikorian led the Bruins to three national titles as an assistant coach and one as a player (1995).


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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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