Bruin Water Polo Rebounds for OT Win Over Cal

Oct. 20, 2001

PASADENA, Calif. - Senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) scored four times and driver Brett Ormsby (Fr., El Cajon/Valhalla) tallied the game-winner three minutes into overtime as No. 2 UCLA defeated No. 5 California 8-6 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo match on Saturday at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

Tucay scored three of his four goals in the match's first eight minutes as UCLA built a 4-1 advantage. Meanwhile, Cal's offense was stymied as leading scorer Attila Banhidy collected a pair of ejections in the first period and was held in check for most of the match.

The Bruins (9-2, 4-0) took a 5-3 lead into the fourth quarter, but Cal outscored UCLA 3-1 in the final period to force overtime. The Golden Bears (8-3, 2-2) found an unusual way to find the tying score in the final half-minute of regulation, as UCLA goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) was ejected. Without a goalkeeper to defend the cage, the Bruin defense allowed Spencer Dornin to tie the score, 6-6, with seven seconds left.

Late in the first overtime, Cal driver Joe Kaiser was kicked out and Ormsby beat Bear goalkeeper Tim Kates to the near post just before the buzzer. Bruin two-meter defender Matt Flesher (Jr., Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda) added an insurance goal in the second extra frame, and the UCLA defense repelled all seven of Cal's possessions in extra time.

UCLA head coach Adam Krikorian was impressed with the team's fast start and with Tucay's play in particular.

"When we were patient on offense and dumped the ball down to two meters, good things happened," Krikorian said.

Brooks registered eight saves, including a penalty shot by Banhidy in the first minute of the contest. The Bruin defense recorded 16 steals, including four each by Flesher and Brooks. Sophomore driver Albert Garcia (Long Beach/Wilson) added a goal and three assists.

UCLA maintained a share of first place in the MPSF heading into a showdown with top-ranked Stanford next Saturday at Avery Aquatics Complex.

California 1 1 1 3 0 0 -- 6

UCLA 3 1 1 1 1 1 -- 8

Cal-Spencer Dornin 2 (1 pen), Greg Panawek, Todd Hylton, Attila Banhidy, Andrew Stoddard.

UCLA-Alfonso Tucay 4, Matt Flesher 2, Albert Garcia, Brett Ormsby.

Goalkeepers-Cal - Russell Bernstein (4 GA, 3 Saves), Tim Kates (4 GA, 10 Saves), UCLA - Brandon Brooks (6 GA, 8 Saves)

Extra-Man - Cal 3 of 5, UCLA 3 of 4


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