No. 2 UCLA Opens MPSF Play at California, Pacific

Oct. 6, 2010

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team heads north to open MPSF play at No. 4 California (10-2) on Saturday before taking on No. 7 Pacific (8-4) on Sunday. The Bruins (8-2) finished second at the SoCal Tournament last weekend.

THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Saturday, October 9 - Game Time: 10 a.m.

No. 2 UCLA (8-2) at No. 4 California (10-2)
at California's Spieker Aquatics Complex

Sunday, October 10 - Game Time: 12 p.m.
No. 2 UCLA (8-2) at No. 7 Pacific (8-4)
at Pacific's Chris Kjeldsen Pool

SOCAL REVIEW
Freshman Cristiano Mirarchi scored eight goals and sophomore Josh Samuels added seven to lead UCLA to a second-place finish at the SoCal Tournament, hosted by the Bruins last weekend. UCLA opened the tournament defeating Princeton, 13-2, in the first round and advanced to the semifinals with a 13-11 win over Pacific. The Bruins raced to a 4-0 lead against UC Irvine on Sunday afternoon in a semifinal match and never looked back, winning 8-6. In the championship match, UCLA fell to crosstown rival USC, 9-8.

DURABLE DEBUT
Freshman James Hartshorne totaled 34 saves in three starts over the weekend at the SoCal Tournament, making his collegiate debut by totaling eight saves in a 13-2 victory over Princeton on Saturday. Hartshorne totaled a season-high 16 saves in UCLA's 8-6 semifinal win against UC Irvine. In the title match, the freshman from Irvine, Calif., made 10 stops, keeping the Bruins to within one goal of USC. Hartshorne averaged 11.3 saves per match and has tallied a 5.67 goals against average.

THE HOHL SHOT
Senior Ben Hohl leads UCLA with 20 goals and ranks sixth among MPSF field players with 2.22 goals per game. He has scored in eight of nine games played, totaling at least two goals in seven matches. Hohl has netted four goals in six career games, including two contests this fall. The native of Atherton, Calif., has scored 120 career goals, currently standing six shy of breaking into UCLA's all-time top-10 goals scored list. Former standout Corbin Graham (1993-96) ranks 10th with 126 career goals.

STRONG DEFENSE
Senior Emilio Vieira has collected team-highs with 13 blocks and nine steals, starting all 10 matches this season. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has also netted five goals on 14 attempts. Vieira finished second on the team one year ago with 15 blocks. Sophomore Josh Samuels has netted seven blocks and seven steals on the defensive end, and ranks third on the team with 13 goals.

ELITE COMPANY
Cristiano Mirarchi became UCLA's second freshman since Sept. 7, 1997 to score five goals in one game, accomplishing the feat in a 10-9 win over Stanford (Sept. 19). Griffin White accomplished the feat last season (Oct. 10) in a 14-4 win over Redlands. In 1997, Sean Kern scored five goals in a 22-0 victory over Air Force at the Triton Tournament (San Diego).

NORCAL REVIEW
Senior Ben Hohl tallied a team-leading nine goals in UCLA's four NorCal Tournament games at California (Sept. 18-19). Hohl led the way with four goals against Pacific in a second-round match, added two in a 10-9 semifinal victory over Stanford and scored two more in an 11-10 loss in the title match against USC. UCLA finished second to the Trojans at the NorCal Tournament for the second straight season.

DON'T BE OFFENDED
Over 78 percent of UCLA's scoring output from one season ago has returned this season. UCLA's returning letterwinners account for 240 of the team's 305 goals (78.7 pct) from last year. While the Bruins have lost leading scorer and 2009 MPSF Player of the Year honoree Scott Davidson (47 goals), UCLA returns key scorers Ben Hohl (40), Griffin White (33), Josh Samuels (32), Cullen Hennessy (23) and Emilio Vieira (20). Those five players accounted for 48.5 percent of UCLA's total goals in 2009.

AROUND THE WORLD
Seniors Ben Hohl and Jacob Murphy spent a portion of their offseason playing for the USA National Team in Europe. Hohl and Murphy both competed for Team USA at the Volvo Cup in Germany. Hohl continued his stint with the National Team during the summer, playing alongside veteran Team USA attacker Adam Wright (UCLA's second-year head coach). Hohl and Wright helped Team USA finish fourth at the annual FINA World Championships (Oradea, Romania).

INTERNATIONAL ROOTS
Three players on the Bruins' 2010 roster arrive at UCLA after having grown up outside the United States. Senior Emilio Vieira hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spent two years studying at Golden West College (Huntington Beach, Calif.) before enrolling at UCLA in 2009. Freshmen Aimone Barabino and Cristiano Mirarchi call Italy home. Barabino, from Recco, Italy, spent the 2009-10 school year in New York City, attending La Scuola d'Italia, while Mirarchi attended high school in his hometown of Rome.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Oct. 6, UCLA has been tabbed No. 2 in the national top-20 rankings. USC is ranked No. 1 in this week's poll, while UC Irvine, California and UC Santa Barbara complete the top five selections. Stanford, Pacific, Long Beach State, UC San Diego and Loyola Marymount round out the top 10 selections, respectively.

AT THE HELM
Adam Wright begins his second year as UCLA's head coach. The four-year Bruin letterwinner (1997-2000) and a 2001 graduate of UCLA helped lead the Bruins to a 23-7 record and MPSF Tournament title in his first season as the program's head coach (2009). 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.


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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