Nov. 24, 2010
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LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team enters this weekend's MPSF Tournament seeded No. 3 and will face No. 6-seed Pacific in the first round on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins can clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning the MPSF Tournament.
2010 MPSF REGULAR-SEASON STANDINGS (FINAL)
|No.||Team||MPSF||MPSF Pct.||Overall||Overall Pct.|
|7||UC Santa Barbara||2-6||.333||11-10||.524|
|9||Long Beach State||0-8||.000||7-15||.318|
2010 MPSF TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
|Game #1||Friday, Nov. 26||10:00 a.m.||(1) California vs. (8) Pepperdine|
|Game #2||Friday, Nov. 26||11:30 a.m.||(2) USC vs. (7) UC Santa Barbara|
|Game #3||Friday, Nov. 26||1:30 p.m.||(3) UCLA vs. (6) Pacific|
|Game #4||Friday, Nov. 26||3:00 p.m.||(4) Stanford vs. (5) UC Irvine|
|Game #5||Saturday, Nov. 27||10:00 a.m.||Losers of Games 1 and 4|
|Game #6||Saturday, Nov. 27||11:30 a.m.||Losers of Games 2 and 3|
|Game #7||Saturday, Nov. 27||1:30 p.m.||Winners of Games 1 and 4|
|Game #8||Saturday, Nov. 27||3:00 p.m.||Winners of Games 2 and 3|
|Game #9||Sunday, Nov. 28||10:00 a.m.||Losers of Games 5 and 6 (7th place)|
|Game #10||Sunday, Nov. 28||11:30 a.m.||Losers of Games 5 and 6 (5th place)|
|Game #11||Sunday, Nov. 28||1:30 p.m.||Winners of Games 7 and 8 (3rd place)|
|Game #12||Sunday, Nov. 28||3:00 p.m.||Winners of Games 7 and 8 (1st place)|
UCLA AGAINST PACIFIC
UCLA has gone 3-0 against Pacific this season, earning more victories against the Tigers than any other team. Both teams met in second-round action at the NorCal and SoCal Tournaments, in addition to the annual MPSF meeting. UCLA won 10-7 at the NorCal Tournament in September and by a 13-11 margin at home at the SoCal Tournament two weeks later. UCLA edged the Tigers on the road in an MPSF meeting, 10-9, on Oct. 10.
MPSF AT A GLANCE
UCLA and USC finished the regular season tied for second in the MPSF standings. The Trojans earned the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament with their 8-5 win over UCLA in MPSF play on Nov. 6. California posted a perfect 8-0 conference record to secure the No. 1 seed at the MPSF Tournament. Stanford's 5-3 record earned the tournament hosts the No. 4 seed. Rounding out the MPSF Tournament field is No. 5-seed UC Irvine, No. 6-seed Pacific, No. 7-seed UC Santa Barbara and No. 8-seed Pepperdine.
The Bruins closed their regular season schedule with consecutive MPSF wins two weeks ago, defeating Pepperdine (13-8) at home and UC Santa Barbara (9-8) on the road. UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 matches, including each of its last three games. Josh Samuels and Jacob Murphy each totaled four goals in the Bruins final two games. James Hartshorne netted 15 saves in six quarters through both matches.
UCLA won the MPSF Tournament title in 2009 for the first time since capturing back-to-back tournament championships in 1999 and 2000. Last season, the Bruins entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, and defeated (5) Pepperdine, (1) USC and (3) California on consecutive afternoons at USC. After outlasting Loyola Marymount, 9-8, in overtime in the NCAA Tournament's first-round match, the Bruins dropped a 7-6 decision to USC in the NCAA Championship game.
THE HOHL SHOT
Senior Ben Hohl enters the upcoming MPSF Tournament with a team-leading 40 goals in 20 matches. He ranks fifth among all MPSF field players with a 2.0 goals-per-game average. Hohl has scored in 17 of 20 games played, totaling at least two goals in 12 contests. The native of Atherton, Calif., leads UCLA with 12 assists. Hohl has netted four goals in seven career games, including three matches this year. He ranks eighth on UCLA's career goals list with 140 and is two shy of seventh place (Chris Kellerman, 142).
Freshman Cristiano Mirarchi ranks second on the team with 31 goals, scoring at a 51 percent clip in his first season. Mirarchi hails from Rome, Italy, and is 19th among MPSF field players with a 1.48 goals-per-game average (ranks fifth among freshmen). He has logged six assists and four blocks and totaled a season-high five goals in UCLA's 10-9 win over Stanford at the NorCal Tournament (Sept. 19).
Senior Jacob Murphy has emerged as the Bruins' most talented two-meter player over the last three seasons. Murphy enters Friday's contest against Pacific with 22 goals in 21 matches, leading UCLA with 38 earned exclusions. He has tallied at least 22 earned exclusions in each of his last three seasons. In four years (88 games), Murphy has registered 69 goals, 100 earned exclusions and 29 steals.
Sophomores Josh Samuels and Griffin White have scored 23 and 22 goals, respectively. Samuels' ranks third on the team, and White is tied for fourth place with Jacob Murphy. Samuels has registered eight-multiple goal games, including a four-goal effort in UCLA's 13-11 win over Pacific (Sept. 18). White has scored in 14 of 21 matches played this fall, collecting 12 earned exclusions and 11 steals.
IN THE CAGE
Freshman James Hartshorne ranks second among MPSF goalkeepers with 8.36 saves per game. The true freshman from Irvine, Calif., has logged a 6.84 goals against average, second-best in the MPSF. Hartshorne assumed UCLA's goalkeeping duties the first weekend of October after veterans Andrew Mesesan and Matt Rapacz were battling injuries. He has logged 92 saves in 41.5 quarters, making 10 starts. Mesesan has tallied 59 saves in 31 quarters, and Rapacz has collected 35 stops in 15.5 quarters.
Three players on the Bruins' 2010 roster grew up and attended high school outside the United States - senior Emilio Vieira (Sao Paulo, Brazil); freshman Aimone Barabino (Recco, Italy); freshman Cristiano Mirarchi (Rome, Italy). Vieira attended Golden West Junior College for two years before transferring to UCLA. Barabino spent the 2009-10 school year in New York City (La Scuola D'Italia).
AT THE HELM
In his second season as UCLA's head coach, Adam Wright led UCLA to a 23-7 record and MPSF Tournament title last year. A four-year water polo letterwinner (1997-2000) and a 2001 UCLA graduate, Wright represented the United States on the men's national team at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, leading Team USA to the silver medal in 2008 (in Beijing, China).