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No. 3 UCLA Men's Water Polo to Compete in NorCal Tournament
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/13/2007

Sept. 13, 2007

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Saturday, Sept. 15 (at California's Spieker Center)
10:40 a.m. - UCLA vs. Santa Clara
4 or 5:20 p.m. - UCLA vs. Pepperdine or UC Davis

Sunday, Sept. 16 (at California's Spieker Center or Miramonte High School)
A.M. - California, Air Force, UC Santa Barbara or Loyola Marymount
P.M. - TBD

WHAT'S NEXT: Third-ranked UCLA returns to action Saturday and Sunday (Sept 15-16) at the NorCal Tournament, hosted by California. The Bruins open competition against Santa Clara.

AND THEY'RE OFF: UCLA opened its season with an 8-6 win at then-No. 12 Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Sept. 6. Two days later, the Bruins won each of three matches at the Inland Empire Classic, outscoring their opposition, 56-11. Senior Cameron Smith led the way, scoring eight goals on Saturday. Smith and sophomore Scott Davidson are tied for the team lead with eight goals.

ONE YEAR AGO: The Bruins finished third at the 2006 NorCal Tournament, hosted by Stanford. UCLA scored wins over Princeton and UC Davis on day one, before losing to USC in the semifinals and defeating Stanford in the third-place contest. Krsto Sbutega led the Bruins with six goals in four tournament games, and then-senior Grant Zider netted five goals over the weekend.

THREES ALL AROUND: After finishing the 2006 season ranked third in the nation with a third-place finish at the MPSF Tournament, UCLA opened its 2007 campaign as the No. 3 team in the nation. The Bruins were selected to finished third in the 2007 MPSF Preseason Coaches' Poll. Conferences foes USC and California were slated to finish first and second, respectively.

BACK IN ACTION: The Bruins return two of their top three goal scorers from one year ago - junior Krsto Sbutega and senior Marco Santos. Sbutega, who hails from Montenegro, tallied 30 goals last fall. Santos, born in Brazil, recorded 27 goals. Other offensive threats returning this fall include sophomore Scott Davidson (22) and seniors Justin Johnson (15) and Matthew Jacobs (13).

HOME SWEET HOME: After playing just three games at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center last fall, the Bruins will host five matches at home this season in addition to two games at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center prior to football contests later in the day. UCLA kicks off its home slate against UC Irvine on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. The Bruins will also host Pacific, USC, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine on campus. UCLA will play Brown and Cal at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

IN THE CAGE: Sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin has posted a 4.67 goals against average in three games (96 minutes), totaling 27 saves. Senior Matt Kellogg has logged a 3.00 goals against average and six saves in four quarters.

MIDDLE MAN: Senior Marco Santos looks to provide the Bruins with a strong offensive threat at the center position. Through the Bruins' first four games, Santos has scored six goals (tied for third most on the squad). Last season, Santos scored 27 goals on 63 attemtps and led UCLA with 36 earned exclusions. Santos finished the 2006 season having captured honorable mention All-America accolades.

REPRESENTIN': Redshirt sophomores Chay Lapin and Scott Davidson spent a portion of the summer competing in Europe for the U.S. Junior National Men's Water Polo Team. Both Bruins returned home in August to lead Team USA to a sixth-place finish at the 2007 FINA Junior World Championships in Los Alamitos, Calif. While in Europe, Lapin was named the outstanding goalkeeper of the Tatras Cup in Slovakia.

EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE: Sophomore Scott Davidson has started the Bruins' 2007 campaign in impressive style, having scored two goals in each of UCLA's four matches. Davidson and senior Cameron Smith are currently tied for the team lead with eight goals. One year ago, Davidson netted 22 goals on 51 attempts.

AT THE HELM: In his ninth season as head coach of the men's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 159-47 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.


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