Oct. 8, 2012
WOODLAND, Calif. -- UCLA senior utility Josh Samuels has captured MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week acclaim for the week of Oct. 1-7, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced Monday. This is the first player of the week award for Samuels and the first by a Bruin this season.
Samuels led No. 3 UCLA to a pair of victories last week, contributing six goals in the two games. He had a game-high and season-high-tying four goals in the Bruins' 10-9 come-from-behind overtime win at No. 7 California on Saturday (Oct. 6), including the game-winner on a penalty shot in sudden death. Samuels scored on a penalty shot to give UCLA its first lead of the match at 8-7 with 1:38 remaining in the first overtime period. The Bruins were down 4-0 at the end of the first period and 5-1 at halftime. His other two goals were scored from long-distance shots with both teams at full strength. The game marked the third straight UCLA/California contest to go to overtime (the Bruins have won all three, each by one goal).
Samuels also scored a pair of goals in the Bruins' 15-8 win at No. 17 UC Davis on Sunday (Oct. 7). He has now scored at least one goal in each of the last 14 games and has multiple scores in 12 of those 14 contests, including the last five outings.
The Bruins have this week off before returning to the pool on Oct. 20 when they travel for a Noon match at No. 2 UC Santa Barbara.