UCLA Hosts Saint Mary's, LMU in First Home Matches of 2011

Sept. 6, 2011

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This Week -- No. 17 UCLA (0-2-1) will play its first two home matches of the season this weekend, hosting Saint Mary's (1-0-1) on Friday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 pm and Loyola Marymount (1-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 pm. Both matches will be played at the North Athletic Field, which is located off Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Plaza, behind the John Wooden Center and above the Lot 4 parking structure.

Live Coverage -- Both games will be audio broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Allison Taylor will have the call for both matches. Fans can also follow both games via Gametracker. Links are available at uclabruins.com on the events calendar on the front page.

In The Rankings -- The Bruins are ranked No. 17 in the Soccer America poll after drawing with Santa Clara and falling to UC Davis over the weekend. Both Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's are unranked in all polls.

Friday/Sunday Doubleheader -- Soccer fans will get a chance to see UCLA's two Top 20 teams in action this weekend when the Bruin women and men host a Drake Stadium doubleheader on Friday and Sunday. On Friday, the 4th ranked women's team will take on the SMU Mustangs at 5 pm while the men's team will play Saint Mary's at 7 pm. Then on Sunday, the men's team will kick off the doubleheader by playing Loyola Marymount at 5 pm and the women will cap it off by playing Fresno State at 7 pm. Tickets for the matches are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (16 years and younger), and can be purchased the day of the game at the Drake Stadium box office. UCLA students can get in free with their Bruin ID.

Scouting The Gaels -- Saint Mary's comes into their matchup with UCLA with a 1-0-1 record. The Gaels played San Jose State to a 0-0 draw this past weekend and defeated UC Davis 1-0 in the opener. Saint Mary's returns eight starters from last year's team that went 10-8-1, including leading goal scorer Tom Mohoric and goalkeeper Doug Herrick. Head Coach Adam Cooper is in his fifth season at the helm of the Gaels and has compiled a record of 37-41-18 during that time.

The Series With Saint Mary's -- UCLA has never lost to Saint Mary's, owning a 7-0-0 record all-time. The two teams last met back in 2001, where the Bruins, under head coach Todd Saldaña, defeated Saint Mary's 5-1 at Drake Stadium.

Scouting The Lions -- Loyola Marymount is off to a 1-2-0 start this season. The Lions fell 1-0 at home against Sacramento State in the opener and then split decisions in Tulsa, winning 2-0 against Oral Roberts and losing 2-0 to Tulsa. LMU also returns nine starters off of last year's squad that went 12-6-2 and were the West Coast Conference champions. In addition, eight of the nine returning starters are seniors this year, led by year by reigning WCC Defender of the Year Roger Downes. Head coach Paul Krumpe is in his 14th season as head coach of the Lions and is 119-108-29 all-time.

The Series With Loyola Marymount -- The Bruins lead the overall series with Loyola Marymount 23-2-1. The two teams have not met since 2005 when UCLA defeated the Lions 4-0 at LMU's Sullivan Field. Head coach Jorge Salcedo is 2-0-1 all-time against LMU.

Cooper, Griffin and Krumpe to Face Alma Mater -- Saint Mary's head coach Adam Cooper and assistant coach Leonard Griffin, and Loyola Marymount head coach Paul Krumpe will all return to Westwood this weekend to face off against their alma mater. Cooper was a member of UCLA's 1997 NCAA Championship team while Griffin was a defender on the Bruins' 2002 NCAA Championship team. Griffin also earned All-Conference honors for the Bruins in 2003. Krumpe was the co-captain of UCLA's 1985 NCAA Championship squad and was an assistant coach on the 1997 team. He holds the UCLA record for most assists by a defender in a single season with 10 in 1985.

Defending Drake -- The Bruins are 82-13-14 all-time at Drake Stadium, good for a .817 winning percentage. Last season, UCLA went 9-1-0 at Drake Stadium, including two wins in the NCAA 2nd and 3rd rounds. The Bruins began playing their home games full-time at Drake Stadium in 2000.

Recapping the Weekend -- Last weekend UCLA travelled up to Northern California to take on the Santa Clara Broncos and the UC Davis Aggies. In the first match against the Broncos, the two teams played a 2-2 draw in a back-and-forth match that saw each team overcome a one goal deficit. After falling behind early, the Bruins fought back with goals by Chandler Hoffman in the 17th minute and Eder Arreola in the 70th minute. Victory seemed to be in sight for UCLA, but Santa Clara put one in the back of the net in the 84th minute to tie the game up. Neither team scored in the overtime sessions and the match ended in a 2-2 tie. On Sunday, the Bruins fell 2-1 in overtime against the Aggies. Chandler Hoffman scored his second goal of the season in 87th minute to tie the game up at 1-1 after the Bruins went down to 10 men. But in overtime, UC Davis scored a golden goal in the 100th minute to hand the Bruins their second loss of the season.

Alumni Game to be Played on Oct. 2 -- UCLA's annual alumni game will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 am on the North Athletic Field. For more information on the game, visit uclabruins.com.

Rowe Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List -- UCLA sophomore midfielder Kelyn Rowe has been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. Rowe is one of just six sophomores on the 42-man list. Rowe, who was named to College Soccer News' preseason All-America first team, was also the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and an NSCAA Third Team All-American. He tied a UCLA freshman record a year ago with 10 assists, ranking first on the team and second in the Pac-10. Additionally, he ranked second on the Bruin squad with 24 points and seven goals. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Seven Bruins Named To TDS's "100 Players To Watch" List -- Seven UCLA players have been named to Top Drawer Soccer's "100 Players to Watch" list (sophomores, juniors and seniors only). Midfielder Kelyn Rowe topped the list at No. 1 while the other UCLA players on the list are Eder Arreola (No. 23), Victor Chavez (No. 70), Andy Rose (No. 73), Brian Rowe (No. 79), Shawn Singh (No. 89) and Joe Sofia (No. 93).

Rose Nominated for Lowe's Senior Award -- Senior midfielder/defender Andy Rose has been named as one of the 30 candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Rose is on track to graduate after the Fall quarter after just three years and one quarter and has twice earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors. Andy has also volunteered for UCLA's I'm Going To College program, giving campus tours and doing autograph signings for the collegiate community outreach effort; Adopt-A-Classroom, in which players correspond and meet with elementary school children; and Marathon Kids, a school and community-based fitness program. To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Coming Up -- UCLA will host No. 6/7 UC Santa Barbara at Drake Stadium on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 pm. The Bruins will then head down the freeway to take on San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 5 pm.

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