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No. 4-Seed UCLA to Face No. 5-Seed Cal in MPSF Tournament

Nov. 25, 2008

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UCLA (15-6) opens MPSF Tournament play as the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5-seed California (18-7) on Friday at Pepperdine. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m. at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The Bruins won two of three regular-season games against the Golden Bears this season, including an 11-10 MPSF victory in Berkeley, Calif.

UCLA will play either No. 1-seed USC or No. 8-seed UC Irvine on Saturday, Nov. 29, in a second-round match of the MPSF Tournament. Other first-round matches feature No. 2-seed Stanford against No. 7-seed Long Beach State, and No. 3-seed Pepperdine versus No. 6-seed UC Santa Barbara.

All seats at Pepperdine's Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool are general admission. All-tournament passes cost $32 for adults and $16 for students, children and seniors. Single-day passes cost $12 for adults and $6 for students, children and seniors. Fans interested in advanced ticket sales should contact Pepperdine's athletic ticket office at (310) 506-4935.

Friday, Nov. 28

Game 1 10:00 a.m. #1 USC vs. #8 UC Irvine
Game 2 11:30 a.m. #2 Stanford vs. #7 Long Beach State
Game 3 1:30 p.m. #3 Pepperdine vs. #6 UC Santa Barbara
Game 4 3:30 p.m. #4 UCLA vs. #5 California

Saturday, Nov. 29

Game 5 10:00 a.m. Losers Game 1 - Game 4
Game 6 11:30 a.m. Losers Game 2 - Game 3
Game 7 1:30 p.m. Winners Game 1 - Game 4
Game 8 3:30 p.m. Winners Game 2 - Game 3

Sunday, Nov. 30

Game 9 10:00 a.m. Losers Game 5 - Game 6
Game 10 11:30 a.m. Winners Game 5 - Game 6
Game 11 1:30 p.m. Losers Game 7 - Game 8
Game 12 3:30 p.m. Winners Game 7 - Game 8

Through games played on Nov. 23, senior Krsto Sbutega ranks third among MPSF players with 2.10 goals per game (44 goals, 21 games). Junior goalkeeper Chay Lapin is fifth among MPSF goalkeepers with 8.95 saves per match (179 saves, 20 games). Lapin's 5.95 goals against average this fall ranks fourth in the conference. Heading into the season-culminating conference tournament, UCLA has allowed the third-fewest goals per game (6.24) of any MPSF team.

Two players have netted five goals in a match this fall - Krsto Sbutega (at UC Irvine, Sept. 13) and Scott Davidson (at Pacific, Oct. 26). The last Bruin to score six or more in a game was David Pietsch, who tallied six goals in a 10-8 win over UC Irvine (Oct. 1, 2005). Sbutega and Ben Hohl have each scored four goals twice this season, and Davidson has logged one four-goal game.

Senior Krsto Sbutega and junior Chay Lapin have been honored this fall as MPSF Co-Players of the Week. Sbutega has earned the honor twice this fall - once after scoring a career-high five goals in UCLA's 10-4 win at UC Irvine (Sept. 13) and again after logging six goals through two MPSF road wins the final weekend of October (Oct. 25, 26). Lapin captured weekly honors after having tied his career high with 15 saves in a 10-4 win against Long Beach State (Oct. 4).

UCLA's offense has been led by senior Krsto Sbutega (44 goals), sophomore Ben Hohl (29) and junior Scott Davidson (28). Sbutega has scored 137 career goals, moving into seventh place on the program's career goals scored list (one goal behind assistant coach Adam Wright). Davidson scored three goals in UCLA's 11-4 win at UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 15). Hohl has registered a team-best 11 goals in the last five contests, including a team-leading four goals against UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 15).

Jacob Murphy has turned in a solid sophomore campaign, patrolling the two-meter position as one of UCLA's top utility players. Murphy ranks for fourth on the team with 18 goals in 21 matches. Cullen Hennessy and Matt Preciado have impressed in their freshman campaigns in 2008. Hennessy, a speedy attacker from Fairfax, Calif., has tallied 13 goals. Preciado, a 6-foot-4 center from Murrieta City, Calif., has totaled 10 goals this fall.

Junior Chay Lapin has recorded 179 saves in 20 matches, logging 10 saves or more in 11 matches. Lapin's current 5.95 goals against average is the sixth lowest single-season mark in school history. Lapin has twice logged 15 saves this season, as those performances came in back-to-back games (vs. Long Beach State on Oct. 4, vs. Loyola Marymount on Oct. 9) Freshman Andrew Mesesan and junior Alex Lawrence have made seven and six saves, respectively.

All MPSF Tournament games will be played at Pepperdine's Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The winner of the MPSF Tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, to be played at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center on Dec. 6-7.

In his 10th season as head coach at UCLA, Adam Krikorian has tallied a 191-60 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).

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