Nov. 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team hosts "Senior Day" on Saturday, Nov. 17, when the Bruins play sixth-ranked Pepperdine at 1 p.m. The Bruins' five seniors will be honored prior to the game. UCLA plays at No. 7 Long Beach State in its final regular-season match on Sunday, Nov. 18. Two wins this weekend will assure the Bruins of a No. 2 seed at the MPSF Tournament.
No. 6 Pepperdine (24-8, 1-5 MPSF) at No. 3 UCLA (18-5, 4-2 MPSF)
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 1 p.m.
UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
No. 3 UCLA (18-5, 4-2 MPSF) at No. 7 Long Beach State (17-11, 2-5 MPSF)
Sunday, Nov. 18 - 12 p.m.
Long Beach State's Campus Pool
FOUR IN A ROW: The Bruins registered their fourth consecutive victory Saturday, Nov. 10, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 14-6, in an MPSF match at UCLA. Freshman Ben Hohl led the third-ranked Bruins with a career-high four goals, and junior Krsto Sbutega added three goals.
SCORING DEPTH: Through 23 games, 13 Bruins have scored 10 or more goals. Five players have logged 20 or more goals as sophomore Scott Davidson leads the way with 35. Seniors Marco Santos (27) and Justin Johnson (26), junior Krsto Sbutega (25) and freshman Ben Hohl (23) round out the top five goal scorers.
30 AND COUNTING: Sophomore Scott Davidson became the first Bruin this season to eclipse the 30-goal mark when he found the back of the cage twice against Pacific (Oct. 21). Over the weekend, Davidson scored two goals in the Bruins' 14-6 win over UC Santa Barbara. The sophomore from Seal Beach, Calif., has scored in each of the team's last eight matches, totaling 17 goals in that span.
SUPER SANTOS: Senior Marco Santos has scored 27 goals in 23 matches, the second highest total on the club. Santos, one of the premier centers in collegiate water polo, has scored in 18 games this season, including 10 of UCLA's last 11 contests. In four years, Santos has recorded 81 goals in 96 career matches.
CAPTAIN IN THE WATER: Through 81 career games, senior team captain Justin Johnson has scored 68 goals, including 26 this fall. Johnson has scored in 18 of UCLA's 23 matches this season and has tallied five multiple-goal efforts. The Mission Viejo, Calif., resident scored the game-winning goal in sudden-victory overtime against UC Irvine (Sept. 22).
SBUTEGAN SENSATION: Junior Krsto Sbutega, a product of Kotor, Montenegro, has recorded 25 goals in 19 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.
HOT HANDS: Sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin has registered a 6.59 goals against average in 17 games this fall. Lapin has totaled 158 saves in 68 quarters. The Long Beach, Calif., native registered a career-best 15 saves in UCLA's 9-5 win over USC on Sunday, Oct. 28. Lapin successfully thwarted both of USC's five-meter penalty shots.
HOHL CAN SCORE: Freshman Ben Hohl scored a career-high four goals in the Bruins' 14-6 win against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 10. The first-year Bruin has recorded 23 goals in as many contests. Hohl opened his UCLA career with a three-goal effort in the Bruins' season-opening win at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 6. Hohl has totaled six multiple-goal games this fall, including one four-goal effort and two three-goal performances.
POSTSEASON: UCLA travels north for the MPSF Tournament (at California) on Nov. 23-25. The top eight (of nine) MPSF teams qualify for the conference tournament, and four teams from across the nation advance to the season-culminating NCAA Tournament (Dec. 1-2 at Stanford).
AT THE HELM: In his ninth season as head coach of the men's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 173-52 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.