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No. 4 UCLA Men's Water Polo to Dive Into MPSF Competition
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/17/2007

Oct. 17, 2007

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Parking at the Rose Bowl
From the 110 North
Take the Orange Grove Blvd. exit, turn left.
Continue north on Orange Grove Blvd.
Turn left to W. Holly St. (this intersection follows intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd).
Turn right to N. Arroyo Blvd.
Rose Bowl Aquatic Center will be on your right - turn into first parking lot (Lot I).

From the 134 East
Take the Colorado Blvd. exit, turn left onto Orange Grove Blvd.
Turn left to W. Holly St. (this intersection follows intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd).
Turn right to N. Arroyo Blvd.
Rose Bowl Aquatic Center will be on your right - turn into first parking lot (Lot I).

*If you drive through the intersection at Seco Street, you have gone too far.

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THIS WEEK

No. 3 California (16-2) at No. 4 UCLA (14-4)
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 10 a.m.
Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Aquatic Center)

No. 13 Pacific (13-11) at No. 4 UCLA (14-4)
Sunday, Oct. 21 - 1 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Sunset Canyon Recreation Center)

WHAT'S NEXT: The fourth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team will host two matches this weekend. The Bruins play No. 3 California at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Saturday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.). UCLA will host No. 13 Pacific at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Sunday, Oct. 21 (1 p.m.).

THEY'RE FAMILIAR: UCLA played each of their upcoming two opponents at last weekend's SoCal Tournament. The Bruins cruised past Pacific, 15-10, in the first round of tournament action on Saturday, Oct. 13. UCLA dropped a narrow 8-7 decision to California the following afternoon in the tournament's third-place match. UCLA has tallied a 29-3 lifetime record against Pacific. The Bruins own a 66-57-1 overall mark against the Golden Bears.

OVER THE WEEKEND: UCLA finished fourth at last weekend's SoCal Tournament, played at UC Irvine. The Bruins opened the weekend with victories over Pacific (15-10) and Pepperdine (11-6). UCLA dropped two one-goal contests on Sunday. In a semifinal match against crosstown rival USC, the Bruins fell, 7-6. Later in the afternoon, UCLA dropped an 8-7 decision to California on a goal in the final 25 seconds by the Golden Bears. Sophomore Scott Davidson finished the weekend with seven goals and senior Marco Santos totaled six goals.

DOUBLE-DIGITS: Through 18 matches, 18 Bruins have scored at least one goal and 12 of those players have registered 10 or more goals. Sophomore Scott Davidson leads the way with 25, as seniors Justin Johnson (23) and Marco Santos (20), junior Krsto Sbutega (18) and freshman Ben Hohl (17) round out the top five goal scorers.

SCOTT STRIKES AGAIN: Among the Bruins' most productive goal scorers in 2007, sophomore Scott Davidson not only leads the club with 25 goals in 18 matches, but the attacker from Seal Beach, Calif., has scored at least one goal in 14 games. Davidson has posted seven multi-goal performances, with a career-high five goals coming against UC Irvine in a 12-11 sudden-victory overtime win (Sept. 22).

THE 20+ CLUB: Three Bruins have already scored 20 or more goals - Scott Davidson (25), Justin Johnson (23) and Marco Santos (20). One year ago, Santos led the trio with 27 goals, Davidson recorded 22 and Johnson finished the season with 15. Last fall, six Bruins ended their season with at least 20 goals, and two players - Logan Powell and Krsto Sbutega - recorded 30 goals or more.

A CAREER YEAR: Senior Justin Johnson is capping an impressive career with a season to remember. The Mission Viejo, Calif, native has scored 23 goals in 18 matches. Johnson has recorded at least one goal in 15 games and has posted five multi-goal efforts. Johnson scored a season-best four goals in UCLA's 17-5 win against Santa Clara on Sunday, Sept. 30 at UC Santa Cruz.

SBUTEGAN SENSATION: Junior Krsto Sbutega, a product of Kotor, Montenegro, has recorded 18 goals in 14 contests. Sbutega, a mechanical engineering major and two-time Academic All-America selection, scored four goals in the third-place contest against Stanford (Sept. 16) and against Santa Clara (Sept. 30) at UC Santa Cruz.

IN THE CAGE: Sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin has posted a 6.70 goals against average in 13 games (429:31 minutes), totaling 115 saves. Lapin recorded a season-high and tied his career-high with 13 saves at UC Irvine (Oct. 5). Senior Matt Kellogg has registered a 4.60 goals against average, totaling 36 saves in five matches. Sophomore Alex Lawrence made his debut versus Brown (Oct. 6).

HOME SWEET HOME: The Bruins will host four more matches at UCLA this season in addition to one game at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. The Bruins won 12-11 in their home opener against UC Irvine (Sept. 22). UCLA will also host Pacific, USC, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Bruins will play Cal (Oct. 20) at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

AT THE HELM: In his ninth season as head coach of the men's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 169-51 career record at UCLA, his alma mater (class of 1997), while leading the Bruins to three NCAA titles. He has also served as the women's water polo head coach for nine seasons, guiding the women to six national titles. Krikorian played water polo for the Bruins from 1992-95, helping lead the 1995 squad to its first NCAA championship since 1972.


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