Nov. 23, 2009
MPSF Tournament Central
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team (19-6, 5-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5-seed Pepperdine (12-10, 4-4 MPSF) in a first-round contest on Friday at 3 p.m. During the regular season, the Bruins won their only match against Pepperdine, securing a 9-6 victory in Malibu on Oct. 25. The winner of the UCLA vs. Pepperdine match will advance to play the winner of the USC vs. Pacific game on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased prior to the match through the USC Ticket Office by calling (213) 740-4672 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for children. An all-session package costs $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Fans are encouraged to enter Gate 8 on Jefferson Blvd. (east of Vermont Ave.) to park for MPSF Tournament games. Heavy traffic is expected at USC on Saturday, due to that evening's UCLA-USC football game (7 p.m. kickoff, L.A. Coliseum). MPSF Tournament game times have been adjusted by 30 minutes to accommodate for that evening's Pac-10 football game.
MPSF TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 27
Game 1: (1) USC vs. (8) Pacific, 10 a.m.
Game 2: (2) Stanford vs. (7) UC Santa Barbara, 11:30 a.m.
Game 3: (3) California vs. (6) UC Irvine, 1:30 p.m.
Game 4: (4) UCLA vs. (5) Pepperdine, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28
Game 5: Losers Games 1 & 4, 9:30 a.m.
Game 6: Losers Games 2 & 3, 11 a.m.
Game 7: Winners Games 1 & 4, 1 p.m.
Game 8: Winners Games 2 & 3, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29
Game 9: Losers Games 5 & 6 (7th Place), 10 a.m.
Game 10: Winners Games 5 & 6 (5th Place), 11:30 a.m.
Game 11: Losers Games 7 & 8 (3rd Place), 1:30 p.m.
Games 12: Winners Games 7 & 8 (1st Place), 3 p.m.
UCLA finished its regular season with a 19-6 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in MPSF play. The Bruins earned a second-place finish at the NorCal Tournament (Sept. 19-20) and fourth-place finish at the UCI Invitational (Oct. 10-11). UCLA closed its regular season by winning seven of its final eight games and can clinch an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning the MPSF Tournament. The 2009 NCAA Tournament will be played at Princeton University the weekend of Dec. 5-6.
MOVING UP THE CHART
Senior Scott Davidson moved into a tie for fifth-place on UCLA's career goals list Sunday, scoring two goals against UC Santa Barbara. Davidson's 143 career goals is tied with recent UCLA graduate Krsto Sbutega (2005-08) for fifth place. The native of Seal Beach, Calif., has scored six goals in UCLA's last two matches, including a four-goal effort against USC on Nov. 7.
Senior goalkeeper Chay Lapin registered seven saves in UCLA's 9-7 win over UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 15, moving into a tie for third place on the Bruins' all-time saves list. Lapin has totaled 680 career saves, tied with Dan Hackett on the career list. Lapin remains 15 saves shy of Matt Swanson's second-place total (695) and 20 behind Brandon Brooks' school-record 700 saves.
Senior goalkeeper Chay Lapin tallied a career-high and 2009 MPSF single-game best 21 saves in UCLA's 9-3 win over Long Beach State on Nov. 1. Lapin's 21-save total is the most in any match by a Bruin on record (UCLA's game-by-game stats date back to 1997). Lapin has registered 10 saves or more in four matches this fall. He enters the MPSF Tournament having notched 166 saves this season.
Freshman Griffin White has scored 29 goals, the most by a Bruin freshman since Brett Ormsby logged 43 goals in 2001. White's 29-goal total ranks second on the team. Fellow freshman Josh Samuels has scored 28 goals, tied for third-most on the team. White, who scored a season-high five goals against Redlands (Oct. 10), has scored at least one goal in 11 of the Bruins' last 13 matches.
GOALS FOR COLE
Senior Cole Consani has emerged as one of the Bruins' most consistent scoring threats at the center position. The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., ranks fifth on the team with 22 goals in 25 matches. Consani scored at least one goal in each of UCLA's first eight matches and has scored in three of the team's last four contests. He has registered five multiple-goal games in his final season at UCLA.
Among UCLA's most dynamic scoring threats, junior Ben Hohl has scored 28 goals (tied for third-most on the team) in 25 matches. Hohl tied his season high with a three-goal effort against Long Beach State at the UCI Invitational (Oct. 10). He has played in all 73 matches since arriving in Westwood as a true freshman in 2007. He scored 27 goals that fall before recording 33 goals as a sophomore in 2008.
Sophomore Cullen Hennessy has made a strong impact for UCLA this season. Hennessy has scored 21 goals in 25 matches and produced one of the team's most memorable highlights of the fall. The resident of Fairfax, Calif., scored the game-winning goal against No. 1 USC with three seconds remaining to snap a 4-4 tie in a semifinal match at the NorCal Tournament (Sept. 20).
Seniors Cole Consani, Scott Davidson and Chay Lapin have earned recognition this fall as MPSF Co-Player of the Week selections. Consani tied for the team lead with 11 goals in four matches at the Princeton Invitational (Sept. 11-13) before earning the weekly award on Sept. 14. Lapin registered 26 goals in two MPSF road matches two weeks ago, highlighted by a 21-save effort at Long Beach State (Nov. 1). Davidson earned the award after scoring a game-high four goals in UCLA's 7-6 loss to USC on Nov. 7.
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 is in his 14th season coaching the men's water polo team. UCLA opened its new home with a 10-4 non-conference victory over UC Irvine on Sept. 26.