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UCLA Men's Water Polo Team Prepares for MPSF Tournament
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/19/2007

Nov. 19, 2007

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team enters the 2007 MPSF Tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Bruins will face fifth-seeded UC Irvine on Friday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. UCLA defeated the Anteaters, 12-11, in sudden-victory overtime on Sept. 22 and won, 12-5, in Irvine on Oct. 5. UCLA will play either top-seeded California or eighth-seeded Long Beach State on Saturday, Nov. 24 at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 23 (MPSF FIRST ROUND)

Time Game Teams
11:00 a.m. Game 1 #1 California vs. #8 Long Beach State
12:30 p.m. Game 2 #2 USC vs. #7 UC Santa Barbara
2:00 p.m. Game 3 #3 Stanford vs. #6 Pepperdine
3:30 p.m. Game 4 #4 UCLA vs. #5 UC Irvine

SATURDAY, NOV. 24 (MPSF SEMIFINALS)

Time Game Teams
11:00 a.m. Game 5 Losers Games 1 & 4
12:30 p.m. Game 6 Losers Games 2 & 3
2:00 p.m. Game 7 Winners Games 1 & 4
3:30 p.m. Game 8 Winners Games 2 & 3

SUNDAY, NOV. 25 (MPSF FINALS)

Time Game Teams
11:00 a.m. Game 9 7th Place: Losers Games 5 & 6
12:30 p.m. Game 10 5th Place: Winners Games 5 & 6
2:00 p.m. Game 11 3rd Place: Losers Games 7 & 8
4:00 p.m. Game 12 1st Place: Winners Games 7 & 8

SPLIT DECISION: UCLA split two weekend contests, dropping a 7-6 decision in six overtimes to Pepperdine on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Bruins rebounded Sunday to defeat Long Beach State, 9-7, on the road in both teams' final regular-season matches. Sophomore Scott Davidson led UCLA with three goals in each game.

A LOOK BACK: One year ago, UCLA entered the MPSF Tournament seeded third among eight teams. The Bruins routed Pacific, 17-1, in their first-round match and dropped an 8-5 decision to California in the semifinals. UCLA won the third-place match, defeating Stanford, 9-8, in overtime.

SCORING DEPTH: In 25 regular-season matches, five Bruins have scored 25 or more goals. Sophomore Scott Davidson leads the way with 41. Seniors Marco Santos (27) and Justin Johnson (27), junior Krsto Sbutega (26) and freshman Ben Hohl (25) round out the top five goal scorers.

40 AND COUNTING: Sophomore Scott Davidson became the Bruin since 2004 to eclipse the 40-goal mark when he scored three goals against Long Beach State (Nov. 18), giving him 41 on the season. Davidson's 41 goals this fall are the most by a Bruin since Brett Ormsby totaled 70 in 2004. Davidson has scored in each of the Bruins' last 11 games, totaling 23 goals in that span (2.1 per game).

SUPER SANTOS: Senior Marco Santos has scored 27 goals in 25 matches, tied for 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 13 contests.

CAPTAIN IN THE WATER: Through 83 career games, senior Justin Johnson has totaled 69 goals, including 27 this fall. He has scored in 19 of UCLA's 25 matches this season and has tallied five multiple-goal efforts. He scored the game-winner in sudden-victory overtime against UC Irvine (Sept. 22).

SBUTEGAN SENSATION: Junior Krsto Sbutega, a product of Kotor, Montenegro, has recorded 27 goals in 20 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. Sbutega has totaled eight multiple-goal games this fall.

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 25 goals in as many contests. Hohl has totaled six multiple-goal games this fall, including one four-goal effort and two three-goal performances.

HOT HANDS: Sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin has registered a 6.63 goals against average in 19 games this fall. Lapin has totaled 177 saves in 76 quarters. The Long Beach, Calif., native registered a career-best 15 saves in UCLA's 9-5 win over USC on Sunday, Oct. 28.

CAREER YEAR: Sophomore Tyler Jemmett has scored at will this fall, recording 19 goals in all 25 matches. The San Diego, Calif., resident scored two goals in a victory over Stanford (Sept. 16), one goal in the Bruins' MPSF win against UC Irvine (Oct. 5), one goal in each of UCLA's games against USC (Oct. 14, 28) and twice in a conference win against UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 10).

AT THE HELM: In his ninth season as head coach of the men's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 174-53 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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