UCLA Men's Water Polo Picked Second in MPSF Preseason Poll

Aug. 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES -

The UCLA men's water polo team has been selected to finish in second place among nine teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) preseason coaches' poll, as announced by the conference on Monday.

USC was picked to finish first, and received seven of the nine possible first-place votes, collecting 63 points. The Bruins claimed the remaining two first-place votes and totaled 56 points.

California placed third in the poll with 48 points, one point ahead of fourth-place Stanford. In the middle of the pack is UC Santa Barbara, accumulating 31 points for fifth place while UC Irvine was picked sixth with 25 points.

Pepperdine picked up 23 points for seventh, followed by Long Beach State and Pacific, who totaled 16 and 15 points, respectively.

UCLA went 24-5 in 2011, finishing in third place during the regular season of the MPSF with a 6-2 conference mark. The Bruins became MPSF champions, however, by winning the MPSF Tournament.

Key returnees for the Bruins include seniors Josh Samuels (49 goals) and Griffin White (45 goals), the top two scorers for UCLA a year ago. All-MPSF and conference tournament Most Outstanding Player Matt Rapacz (6.88 GAA, 180 saves) headlines a group of returning `keepers.

Opening weekend to the 2012 season is September 1-2, as the Bruins' host the UCLA Invitational in Spieker Aquatics Center. The Tournament's schedule, including opponents and times, has not been finalized. MPSF competition begins on Oct. 6 when the Bruins travel to California for a match to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

2012 MPSF PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

Rank Team Points (First-Place) 2011 Record 2011 MPSF Record (Finish)
1 USC 63 (7) 24-3 8-0 (1st)
2 UCLA 56 (2) 24-5 6-2 (3rd)
3 California 48 22-4 7-1 (2nd)
4 Stanford 47 19-7 5-3 (4th)
5 UC Santa Barbara 31 16-12 3-5 (5th)
6 UC Irvine 25 17-12 2-6 (6th-tie)
7 Pepperdine 23 12-14 2-6 (6th-tie)
8 Long Beach State 16 16-10 1-7 (9th)
9 Pacific 15 13-13 2-6 (6th-tie)

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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