Oct. 15, 2008
THIS WEEKEND'S SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 15 - 10 a.m.
No. 2 Stanford (13-2, 1-0 MPSF) at No. 4 UCLA (8-3, 1-0 MPSF)
at Pasadena's Rose Bowl Aquatic Center
Sunday, Oct. 16 - 11 a.m.
No. 18 Brown (9-5) at No. 4 UCLA (8-3)
at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
WHAT'S ON DECK
UCLA hosts No. 2 Stanford on Saturday at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. Game time is slated for 10 a.m. Later that afternoon (1 p.m.), the Bruins and Cardinal renew their rivalry on the football field at the Rose Bowl. Saturday's match marks UCLA's second MPSF contest of the fall - the Bruins downed Long Beach State, 10-4, in their first MPSF contest on Saturday, Oct. 4. UCLA hosts No. 18 Brown on Sunday (11 a.m.) at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
ABOUT THE CARDINAL
Stanford enters this weekend's game against UCLA sporting a 13-2 overall reecord and a 1-0 mark in MPSF play. The Cardinal are led by Janson Wigo (32 goals), Drac Wigo (28 goals) and Sage Wright (20 goals). In the cage, Jimmie Sandman leads Stanford with 87 saves and a 4.23 goals against average in 13 contests.
ABOUT THE BEARS
Brown travels to southern California to play four games in two days. The Bears will face Loyola Marymount and Claremont on Saturday before facing UCLA and UC Irvine on Sunday. The Bears enter their SoCal swing having won eight consecutive contests. Last fall, UCLA downed Brown at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center (Oct. 6) by a 16-4 margin.
The Bruins finished fourth at the SoCal Tournament last weekend, winning both games on Saturday before dropping two games on Sunday. Sophomore Jacob Murphy led all Bruins with seven goals in the tournament, and senior Krsto Sbutega and junior Scott Davidson each scored six goals. Junior Chay Lapin totaled 25 saves in the Bruins' final three games of the tournament.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Senior Krsto Sbutega and junior Chay Lapin have been honored this fall as MPSF Co-Players of the Week. Sbutega earned the accolade after scoring a career-high five goals in UCLA's 10-4 win at UC Irvine (Sept. 13). Lapin captured weekly honors after having tied his career high with 15 saves in a 10-4 win against Long Beach State on Oct. 4.
UCLA's offensive attack has been led by senior Krsto Sbutega (22 goals) and junior Scott Davidson (16 goals). Both Davidson and Sbutega led the Bruins with 47 and 35 goals, respectively, in 2007. Sbutega logged a career-high five goals in UCLA's season-opening win at UC Irvine and currently needs four goals to break into UCLA's top-10 career goals list.
Sophomore Ben Hohl and Jacob Murphy have made significant contributions to the Bruins, 11 games into the season. Hohl, who scored 27 goals as a true freshman in 2007, has registered 12 goals this fall (third-most on the team). Murphy scored seven goals in four SoCal Tournament games and tallied a pair of goals agaisnt California in the NorCal Tournament.
IN THE POLLS
As released on Wednesday, Oct. 15, UCLA has been ranked fourth in the nation, behind USC, Stanford and California. UCLA began the season ranked fourth, ascended two slots after having finished second at the NorCal Tournament (Sept. 21) and dropped back to the No. 4 spot after a fourth-place finish at the SoCal Tournament (Oct. 12).
IN THE CAGE
Junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin has recorded 101 saves through 11 games, logging 11 saves or more in five matches. At the NorCal Tournament, Lapin made 45 stops in four games, allowing just 4.5 goals per game. Against Long Beach State (Oct. 4), Lapin tied his career high with 15 saves in a 10-4 MPSF victory against Long Beach State.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Bruins will host four more home matches - four at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center and one at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. UCLA faces Stanford (Oct. 18) at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center prior to a football game that afternoon. The Bruins host Brown (Oct. 19), UC Irvine (Nov. 7) and UC San Diego (Nov. 9) at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
AT THE HELM
In his 10th season as head coach at UCLA, Adam Krikorian has tallied a 184-57 record. A four-year letterwinner and 1997 UCLA graduate, Krikoriam has been a part of 14 national championships in 16 seasons with the water polo program. As head coach of the men's and women's programs, Krikorian has guided UCLA to 10 national titles (three men's, seven women's). Krikorian led the Bruins to three national titles as an assistant coach and one as a player (1995).