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No. 4 UCLA to Face No. 6 UC Irvine in Pivotal Match
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/03/2007

Oct. 3, 2007

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 4 UCLA men's water polo team continues Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play at No. 6 UC Irvine on Friday, Oct. 5. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Bruins defeated the Anteaters, 12-11, in sudden-victory overtime at UCLA on Sept. 22, in non-conference action. This weekend's match counts toward the MPSF standings. The Bruins face No. 20 Brown at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Saturday at 1 p.m.

ABOUT THE ANTEATERS: The Bruins own a 60-58-1 lifetime record against UC Irvine, and have won 13 of their last 14 matches against the Anteaters. UC Irvine is led offensively by Tim Hutten, who has recorded 37 goals in nine matches. Colin Mello has totaled 21 goals and Cole Bitter has recorded 17 goals.

OVER THE WEEKEND: The Bruins posted a 2-1 record in three matches last weekend. UCLA dropped its MPSF conference opener, 7-6, at Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Bruins bounced back Sunday, notching wins against Santa Clara (17-5) and UC Santa Cruz (20-3) in Santa Cruz, Calif. Senior Justin Johnson led the Bruins' offense, totaling six goals in three matches. Johnson, Cameron Smith and Krsto Sbutega each tallied one four-goal effort on Sunday.

LEADING THE WAY: Sophomore Scott Davidson leads UCLA with 17 goals in 12 matches, including an impressive five-goal performance in a 12-11 win over UC Irvine on Sept. 22. The Seal Beach, Calif., resident scored two goals in each of UCLA's first four matches and has scored at least one goal in nine contests.

SBUTEGAN SENSATION: Junior Krsto Sbutega, a product of Kotor, Montenegro, has recorded 15 goals in eight 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.

JUST IN TIME: Senior Justin Johnson is compiling an impressive resume in his final season at UCLA. The Mission Viejo, Calif., resident has scored 16 goals, the second highest total on the team, in all 12 matches. Most recently, Johnson scored four in UCLA's 17-5 win against Santa Clara.

BRUINS FINISH THIRD: For the second consecutive season three weeks ago, UCLA finished third at the NorCal Tournament. The Bruins registered wins over Santa Clara (15-4), Pepperdine (7-5, OT) and Stanford (13-9). Junior Krsto Sbutega led UCLA with nine goals.

IN THE CAGE: Sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin has posted a 7.00 goals against average in eight games (237:31 minutes), totaling 70 saves. Lapin has totaled 12 saves in two matches this season - at Loyola Marymount (Sept. 6) and versus UC Irvine (Sept. 22). Senior Matt Kellogg has logged a 3.50 goals against average and 16 saves.

MIDDLE MAN: Senior Marco Santos has tallied 11 goals in 12 games. Santos has scored one goal in eight of the Bruins' 12 matches, including a two-goal performance against Stanford in the NorCal Tournament. UCLA's primary center, Santos has scored 64 career goals in 85 matches.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Bruins will host four more matches at home this season in addition to two games at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center (prior to football games). The Bruins won 12-11 in their home opener against UC Irvine (Sept. 22). UCLA will also host Pacific, USC, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine. The Bruins will play Brown and Cal at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

REPRESENTIN': Redshirt sophomores Chay Lapin and Scott Davidson spent a portion of the summer competing in Europe for the U.S. Junior National Men's Water Polo Team. Both Bruins returned home in August to lead Team USA to a sixth-place finish at the 2007 FINA Junior World Championships in Los Alamitos, Calif. While in Europe, Lapin was named the outstanding goalkeeper of the Tatras Cup in Slovakia.

AT THE HELM: In his ninth season as head coach of the men's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 165-49 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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