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No. 4 UCLA Men's Water Polo Gears Up to Play Four Matches
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/20/2009

Oct. 20, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - UCLA returns to action at No. 6 Loyola Marymount in a non-conference tilt on Thursday, Oct. 22. The Bruins face No. 9 UC Irvine in an MPSF road match on Saturday evening, before hosting a doubleheader Sunday versus Pacific and Chapman. UCLA's matches at UC Irvine and against Pacific will count in the current MPSF standings. Wins against each school can help the Bruins even their conference record. The Bruins defeated UC Irvine in their only previous meeting.

THE WEEK AHEAD
Thursday, Oct. 22 - 3 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA (12-5) at No. 6 Loyola Marymount (13-4)

Saturday, Oct. 24 - 7 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA (12-5, 0-2 MPSF) at No. 9 UC Irvine (12-5, 1-0 MPSF)

Sunday, Oct. 25 - 1 p.m.
No. 12 Pacific (12-8, 0-1 MPSF) at No. 4 UCLA (12-5, 0-2)

Sunday, Oct. 25 - 3:30 p.m.
Chapman (12-9) at No. 4 UCLA (12-5)

BEARS BEAT BRUINS
UCLA dropped a 7-6 decision to No. 2 California in an MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics Center on Friday. Senior Scott Davidson and junior Ben Hohl paced the Bruins' offense with two goals each, and junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin collected seven saves in the cage. Davidson's goal with 26 seconds to play sliced the Bruins' deficit to one goal; however, UCLA was unable to regain possession in regulation.

WEEKEND IN REVIEW
UCLA finished fourth at the UCI Invitational two weeks ago, earning victories against Redlands (14-4) and No. 8 Long Beach State (16-6) on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Bruins dropped two one-goal games on Sunday, Oct. 11, falling to USC (9-8) in a semifinal and Stanford (5-4) in the third-place game. Griffin White led UCLA with eight goals on the weekend, and Scott Davidson followed with six goals in four games.

MAKING HISTORY
Senior Scott Davidson has etched his name in UCLA's history book this season. Most recently, Davidson moved into eighth place on UCLA's career goals scored list (131), surpassing the late Jim Toring's total of 130 goals. In addition, the native of Seal Beach, Calif., scored the first goal at UCLA's new Spieker Aquatics Center in a 10-4 win over UC Irvine on Sept. 26.

YOUNG CONTRIBUTIONS
Several true freshmen have made immediate contributions on a UCLA team that features 19 newcomers (17 freshmen). Josh Samuels ranks second on the team with 20 goals, the most goals scored by a freshman since Ben Hohl logged 27 goals in 2007. Griffin White has added 18 goals and led the Bruins with eight goals in four games at the UCI Invitational (Oct. 10-11).

BIG BEN
Among UCLA's most consistent scoring threats, junior Ben Hohl has scored 19 goals (third-most on team) in 17 matches. Hohl tied his season high with a three-goal effort against Long Beach State at the UCI Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 10. Hohl has played in all 65 matches since arriving in Westwood as a true freshman in 2007. He scored 27 goals that fall before recording 33 goals as a sophomore (2008).

SUPER SOPH
Sophomore Cullen Hennessy has made an immediate impact for UCLA this season. Hennessy has scored 14 goals in 17 matches and produced the team's most memorable highlight of the fall, to date. The resident of Fairfax, Calif., scored the game-winning goal against then-No. 1 USC with three seconds remaining to snap a 4-4 tie in a semifinal match at the NorCal Tournament (Sept. 20).

MORE THAN HALF
Having played 17 matches heading into the second full week of October, UCLA has more than passed the midpoint of its regular season. The Bruins have eight matches remaining on their regular-season slate, highlighted by six remaining MPSF matches. UCLA has outscored its opposition by a 185-91 tally through 17 games, posting a 5.35 team goals against average.

IN THE CAGE
Senior Chay Lapin has recorded 113 saves in 17 matches, having played just over 49 quarters. Lapin's 627 career saves are 53 shy of third place on UCLA's career saves list. The native of Long Beach, Calif., collected a season-high 13 saves in UCLA's 5-4 loss to No. 1 Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 11. Freshman Matt Rapacz has tallied 46 saves in 10 matches, compiling a 2.30 goals against average.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior center Cole Consani earned MPSF Co-Player of the Week honors after scoring 11 goals in five matches at the Princeton Invitational. The resident of Manhattan Beach, Calif., tied for UCLA's team lead that weekend with 11 goals (with Josh Samuels). Consani earned the weekly honor with UC Irvine's Greg Enloe, securing MPSF Co-Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association on Oct. 14, UCLA has been tabbed No. 4 in the top-20 rankings. USC secured the No. 1 spot after winning the UCI Invitational (Oct. 10-11). California is ranked second, Stanford third, UCLA fourth and Pepperdine fifth. Rounding out the top 10 selections, respectively, are Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Concordia.

NEW ERA
The Bruins opened the season with a new head coach and home pool. Former two-time Olympian Adam Wright, a four-year UCLA water polo letterwinner (1997-2000), was named head coach in the offseason and works with Adam Krikorian, associate head coach who enters his 14th season coaching the men's water polo team. UCLA opened its new home with a 10-4 victory over UC Irvine on Sept. 26.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Bruins have five home matches remaining on their 2009 slate. UCLA returns home to host California in its second MPSF contest at Spieker Aquatics Center this Friday. The Bruins will play a doubleheader against Pacific and Chapman on Sunday, Oct. 25. UCLA concludes its regular season schedule with back-to-back home MPSF matches - versus USC (Nov. 7) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 15).


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