Oct. 10, 2007
SoCal Tournament Website features updated results
THIS WEEKEND'S SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 13
UCLA vs. Pacific - 10:40 a.m., Corona del Mar High School
UCLA vs. Pepperdine or Bucknell - 4 or 5:20 p.m., Corona del Mar High School
Sunday, Oct. 14
two games, opponents to be determined
at UC Irvine or Corona del Mar High School
UC Irvine - Anteater Pool
903 West Peltason, Irvine, CA 92697
parking: $7 per day
Corona del Mar High School
2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
WHAT'S NEXT: The fourth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team will compete in the SoCal Tournament, hosted by UC Irvine, this weekend (Oct. 13-14). The Bruins open tournament play Saturday, Oct. 13, against Pacific at Corona Del Mar High School (Newport Beach, Calif.). Match time is 10:40 a.m. The Bruins will face Pepperdine or Bucknell that afternoon.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Pacific enters this weekend with an 11-9 overall record and an 0-1 MPSF mark. Last weekend, the Tigers posted a 5-0 record, notching victories over Fresno Pacific and Cal Baptist before winning all three games in the Pacific Invitational. UCLA last met Pacific in the first round of the 2006 MPSF Tournament at UC Irvine, where the Bruins registered a 17-1 victory. UCLA owns a 28-3 lifetime record against Pacific. Under head coach Adam Krikorian, the Bruins have posted a perfect 12-0 record against the Tigers.
OVER THE WEEKEND: UCLA finished the week 2-0, recording a key MPSF win at No. 6 UC Irvine, 12-5, Friday night. The following afternoon, the Bruins routed No. 20 Brown, 16-4. Senior Justin Johnson finished the weekend with four goals, three coming against UC Irvine in Friday night's win. Freshman Jacob Murphy totaled a game-high and career-best three goals against Brown on Saturday. All three goalkeepers saw action over the weekend, as Chay Lapin made 13 saves versus the Anteaters and Matt Kellogg and Alex Lawrence split time against the Bears.
DOUBLE-DIGITS: Through 14 matches, 18 Bruins have scored at least one goal and 12 of those players have registered 10 or more goals. Senior Justin Johnson leads the way with 20, as sophomore Scott Davidson (18), junior Krsto Sbutega (16) and seniors Marco Santos and Cameron Smith (14) round out the top five goal scorers.
J SQUARED: Senior Justin Johnson is compiling an impressive resume in his final season at UCLA. The Mission Viejo, Calif., resident has scored a team-best 20 goals in all 14 matches. Johnson has fired 12 goals in the last six games and nine goals in the last four contests. Most recently, he recorded three goals in UCLA's 12-5 win over UC Irvine (Oct. 5).
SBUTEGAN SENSATION: Junior Krsto Sbutega, a product of Kotor, Montenegro, has recorded 16 goals in 10 contests. Sbutega, a mechanical engineering major and two-time Academic All-America selection, scored four goals in the third-place contest against Stanford (Sept. 16) and against Santa Clara (Sept. 30) at UC Santa Cruz.
SOCAL TOURNEY NOTES: One year ago, the Bruins finished third at the SoCal Tournament, hosted by USC. The Bruins won their first two games against Stanford (9-6) and Long Beach State (6-4) before dropping the semifinal match on Sunday to California, 8-6. UCLA bounced back that afternoon to rout UC San Diego, 12-3.
IN THE CAGE: Sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin has posted a 6.60 goals against average in 10 games (333:31 minutes), totaling 91 saves. Lapin recorded a season-high and tied his career-high with 13 saves at UC Irvine (Oct. 5). Senior Matt Kellogg has registered a 3.25 goals against average, totaling 30 saves in four matches. Sophomore Alex Lawrence made his debut versus Brown (Oct. 6).
SCOTT CAN SCORE: Sophomore Scott Davidson has recorded 18 goals in 14 matches after having totaled 21 goals in 23 games as a freshman in 2006. Davidson posted a career-best five goals in UCLA's 12-11 sudden-victory overtime win against UC Irvine (Sept. 22).
HOME SWEET HOME: The Bruins will host four more matches at UCLA this season in addition to one game at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. The Bruins won 12-11 in their home opener against UC Irvine (Sept. 22). UCLA will also host Pacific, USC, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Bruins will play Cal (Oct. 20) at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.
AT THE HELM: In his ninth season as head coach of the men's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 167-49 career record at UCLA, his alma mater (class of 1997), while leading the Bruins to three NCAA titles. He has also served as the women's water polo head coach for nine seasons, guiding the women to six national titles. Krikorian played water polo for the Bruins from 1992-95, helping lead the 1995 squad to its first NCAA championship since 1972.