Oct. 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team hosts No. 2 California (11-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins (10-2) have split a pair of non-conference games against the Golden Bears this season. UCLA will play at No. 7 UC Irvine (10-6) on Sunday at 12 p.m.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
No. 2 California (11-2) at No. 3 UCLA (10-2)
Friday, Oct. 7 - 7 p.m., at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center
No. 3 UCLA (10-2) at No. 7 UC Irvine (10-6)
Sunday, Oct. 9 - 12 p.m., at UC Irvine's Anteater Aquatics Complex
Listen Live on Friday Night
Admission to Friday evening's match between California and UCLA costs $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under). UCLA students can watch the match free of charge by showing their Bruin Card at the main gate. For fans unable to attend, UCLA will offer a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Mike Sondheimer will provide the call from the pool deck.
Parking at UCLA
Fans are encouraged to park on campus at the Sunset Village Parking Structure, located just south of Spieker Aquatics Center and the adjacent tennis courts. Parking typically costs $11 in the structure.
Bruins Finish Third at SoCal Tournament
UCLA defeated USC, 7-6, in the third-place match of the SoCal Tournament on Sunday. That win marked the Bruins' first victory over USC since Sept. 20, 2009. The Bruins played in the third-place game on Sunday after dropping an 8-4 decision to California earlier in the day. UCLA downed Air Force (18-5) and UC Santa Barbara (12-5) on Saturday.
UCLA's Series Against California
The Bruins open their MPSF schedule Friday against California, which finished second to Stanford at the SoCal Tournament. UCLA defeated the Golden Bears, 6-5, in a semifinal match of the NorCal Tournament on Sept. 18 before losing to California, 8-4, last Sunday. Last season, UCLA went 0-2 against California.
Bruins Face UC Irvine on Sunday
UCLA plays an MPSF match at UC Irvine this Sunday, looking to extend their winning streak against the Anteaters to six games. Winners in the last five games of the series, UCLA's last loss to UC Irvine came in sudden-victory overtime of a first-round match at the MPSF Tournament on Nov. 23, 2007. Last season, UCLA won the only match between the two schools (at UCLA), 11-8.
Top Performers Last Weekend
Bret Lathrope and Daniel Lenhart each led UCLA with six goals in four games at last weekend's SoCal Tournament. Josh Samuels finished the tournament with five goals, scoring three in UCLA's 7-6 win over USC in the third-place match. Samuels enters this week's action leading UCLA with 18 goals. Matt Rapacz started in goal in the final three matches and accumulated 22 saves.
Looking at the MPSF Field
While only two teams have played each other in MPSF action (USC def. UC Irvine on Sept. 24), all nine conference teams have lost at least two regular-season games. In fact, the top four ranked teams at last weekend's SoCal Tournament finished in reverse fashion - No. 1 USC finished fourth, No. 2. UCLA third, No. 3 California second, and No. 4 Stanford first.
Past the Halfway Point
Sporting a 10-2 overall record, UCLA has played half of its regular-season schedule. The Bruins have 12 regular-season matches remaining, including eight MPSF contests.
Hennessy Serves as Team Captain
Senior Cullen Hennessy has been a significant contributor for UCLA the past three seasons. Last year, he started 23 matches, totaling 21 goals and 13. In 2009, he scored 23 goals and led UCLA with 27 assists, leading the team to the NCAA Tournament's championship match. He scored 14 goals as a freshman in 2008.
Who's in Goal for the Bruins?
Junior Matt Rapacz enters this weekend with 67 saves and a 6.96 goals against average (GAA). He has averaged 7.77 saves per four quarters, as the Bruins have gone 8-2 in his 10 starts. Sophomore James Hartshorne has logged 16 saves and a 2.00 GAA in five games. Senior Andrew Mesesan has tallied 11 saves and a 4.00 GAA in four games (two starts).
UCLA's Schedule Breakdown
UCLA's four remaining home games will be played against California (Oct. 7), Pacific (Nov. 4), USC (Nov. 18) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 19). In addition to these conference matches, the Bruins will host the MPSF Tournament (Nov. 25-27). This will mark the first season in which UCLA will host the MPSF Tournament at its home pool.
Follow UCLA Water Polo on Twitter (UCLAWaterPolo)
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