NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
No. 4 UCLA Travels North to Face No. 3 Cal, No. 17 Pacific

Oct. 22, 2008

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Saturday, Oct. 22 - 10 a.m.
No. 4 UCLA (9-4, 1-1 MPSF) at No. 3 California (11-4, 0-1 MPSF)
at California's Spieker Aquatics Complex

Sunday, Oct. 23 - 12 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA (9-4, 1-1 MPSF) at No. 17 Pacific (10-12, 0-1 MPSF)
at Pacific's Chris Kjeldsen Pool

UCLA will face No. 3 California on Saturday morning in both teams' second MPSF contest of the season. The Bruins travel to Stockton, Calif., to play No. 17 Pacific the following afternoon. UCLA has split two decisions with California this fall and defeated Pacific on Sept. 20.

UCLA lost to No. 2 Stanford, 12-2, on Saturday in the Bruins' second MPSF contest of the year before bouncing back with a 14-2 win over No. 18 Brown on Sunday. Sophomore Jacob Murphy and senior Krsto Sbutega each scored a game-high three goals to pace UCLA past Brown in a non-conference home match. Junior Chay Lapin led UCLA's goalkeepers with six stops in three quarters.

Through games played on Oct. 20, senior Krsto Sbutega ranks seventh among MPSF players with 1.92 goals per game (25 goals, 13 games). Junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin is fourth among all MPSF goalkeepers with 9.92 saves per match (119 saves, 12 games). Lapin also ranks fourth in the conference with a 5.58 goals against average.

The Bruins finished fourth at the SoCal Tournament two weeks ago, winning both games on Saturday against Bucknell and UC San Diego before dropping two games on Sunday to Stanford and California. Sophomore Jacob Murphy led all Bruins with seven goals in the tournament, and senior Krsto Sbutega and junior Scott Davidson each scored six goals.

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 after having tied his career high with 15 saves in a 10-4 win against Long Beach State (Oct. 4).

UCLA's offense has been led by senior Krsto Sbutega (25 goals) and junior Scott Davidson (16 goals). Sbutega logged a career-high five goals in UCLA's season-opening win at UC Irvine and currently needs four goals to break into UCLA's top-10 career goals list. Davidson scored one goal in each of the team's first six matches, totaling 10 goals in that span, and logged a season-high four goals against California (Oct. 12).

Sophomore Ben Hohl and Jacob Murphy have made significant contributions, 13 games into the season. Hohl, who scored 27 goals as a true freshman in 2007, has registered 14 goals this fall (tied with Murphy for third-most on the team). Hohl has scored at least one goal in 11 of the Bruins' 13 matches, including each of the last six games. Murphy scored seven goals in four SoCal Tournament games and tallied a pair of goals against California in the NorCal Tournament.

As released on Wednesday, Oct. 22, UCLA has been ranked fourth in the nation, behind USC, Stanford and California. UCLA began the season ranked fourth, ascended two slots after having finished second at the NorCal Tournament (Sept. 21) and dropped back to the No. 4 spot after a fourth-place finish at the SoCal Tournament (Oct. 12). Rounding out the top 10 teams this week are Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Long Beach State.

Junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin has recorded 119 saves in 12 matches, logging 11 saves or more in six matches. At the NorCal Tournament, Lapin made 45 stops in four games, allowing just 4.5 goals per game. Against Long Beach State (Oct. 4), Lapin tied his career high with 15 saves in a 10-4 MPSF victory. In limited action, freshman Andrew Mesesan has made six saves (41:40), and junior Alex Lawrence has tallied three stops (7:05).

The Bruins will host two more home matches - both games at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. UCLA will welcome UC Irvine on Friday, Nov. 7 (3 p.m.) and UC San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 9 (1 p.m.). The Bruins have registered a 3-1 record in four home matches this fall. The match against UC San Diego marks UCLA's final home game of the year, as the team's three seniors will be honored prior to the opening sprint.

In his 10th season as head coach at UCLA, Adam Krikorian has tallied a 185-58 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).

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