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2000 MPSF Men's Water Polo Championships
By: UCLA Athletics


Friday, November 24

Game 1

#9 UC Santa Barbara (6-17)1  2  2  3= 8

#8 Stanford (12-12) 1 4 3 2= 10

UCSB: Anthony Borasi 3, Paul Rave 2, Patrick Treman, Amit Seker, Kyle Ashley.
Stanford: Jeff Nesmith 5, Peter Hudnut 3, Rob Canales, Pasi Dutton.
Saves: UCSB- Trevor Spence 9. Stanford- Nick Ellis 4.

Jeff Nesmith scored five goals to lead Stanford into the No.8 seed in the MPSF playoffs. The Cardinal will take on No. 1 seed UC Irvine at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Game 2

#5 Long Beach State (14-12)  2  2  1  1= 6

#4 California (15-8) 5 2 1 2= 10

LBSU: Chris Segesman 2, Justin Jewell 2, Aaron Hollway, Tyler Wawrzynksi.
California: Jerry Smith 3, Eldad Hazor 2, Joe Kaiser 2, Mike West, Eric Johnson, Attila Banhidy.
Saves: LBSU- Brett Adolph 3. California- Russell Bernstein 5 (2 QP, 4 GA), Tim Kates 5 (2QP, 2 GA).

Jerry Smith scored three goals, all in the first period, to help California take a 5-2 lead after one, and hold off the Long Beach State 49ers in first round action. The 49ers would get as close as two goals in the third period, but the Bears played strong defense in the second half to get the win.

Game 3

#6 Pepperdine (13-11) 3  0  1  1= 5

#3 USC (18-6) 1 1 2 0= 4

Pepperdine: Greg Lonzo 2, Mike Peetz, Chris Tilden, Scott Harvey.
USC: George Csaszar 2, Tim Wollthan, Pedrag Damjanov.
Saves: Pepperdine- Michael Soltis, 11. USC- Bolzidar Damjanovic 3.

Pepperdine's Mike Peetz scored an extra-man goal after an ejection of USC goalkeeper Bolzidar Damjanovic with 1:57 remaining in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner, as #6 seed Pepperdine upset #3 seed USC. Pepperdine goalkeeper Michael Soltis made 11 saves, including five in fourth quarter to hold on for the win.

Game 4

#7 Pacific (11-13)  1  1  2  2= 6

#2 UCLA (19-3) 4 5 2 2= 13

Pacific: Chris Nowak 2, Sergey Bushuev, Jared Pendergrass, Jarrod Cruzat, Sasha Maese.
UCLA: Albert Garcia 4, Blake Wellen 3, Jeff Pflueger 2, Andy Bailey 2, Brian Brown, Dave Parker.
Saves: Pacific- Ryan Brown, 9. UCLA - Brandon Brooks, 9 (27 MP, 6 GA), Eric Meadows 1 (1 MP, 0 GA)

Freshman Albert Garcia scored four goals to lead the Bruins over the University of the Pacific in the first round. Ryan Brown made nine saves in goal for Pacific, including five in the fourth period.

Game 5

#8 Stanford (11-13) 1 0 0 5= 6
#1 UC Irvine (20-5) 1 3 4 2= 10

Stanford: Peter Osborn 2, Todd Snider, Rob Canales, Brian Darrow, Jeff Nesmith.
UC Irvine: Jeff Powers 4, Dan Klatt 2, Chris Kirchwehm, Dan Hayes, Tony Grosso, Andy Coffman.
Saves: Stanford - Nick Ellis 5 (3 QP, 8 GA), Jaison Robinson 2 (1 QP, 2 GA). UCI- Dan Hipp 10.

Stanford stayed with UCI in the first period, tying the game 1-1 after the first period, but the Anteaters erupted for eight straight goals to take a 9-1 lead at 6:32 in the fourth period. Stanford made a comeback, cutting the deficit to 9-4, but it was too little, too late.

Saturday, November 25

Game 6

#5 Long Beach State (14-12) 0 0 1 1= 2
#8 Stanford (13-12) 2 3 3 1= 9
LBSU: Justin Jewell, Andrew Ruga.
Stanford: Peter Hudnut 3, Rob Canales 2, Nathan Alldredge, Todd Snider, Brian Darrow, Onno Koelman.
Saves: LBSU- Brett Adolph 1 (13:34, 4 GA), Robert Smith 4 (15:26, 5 GA). Stanford- Nick Ellis 5 (14:00, 0 GA), Jaison Robinson 8 (14:00, 2 GA).

Stanford took a 8-0 lead before The Beach scored their first goal with 24 seconds remaining in the third period. Long Beach goalie Brett Adolph was given a major penalty and ejected from the game with 1:26 remaining in the second period for pulling down the net.

Game 7

#3 USC (19-6) 3 2 4 4= 13
#7 Pacific (11-13)2 1 1 3= 7

USC: Ivan Babic 3, Tim Wollthan 3, Nenad Preporski 2, Pedrag Damjanov 2, Brian Avon, Daniel Lontay, Erik Healy.
Pacific: Chris Nowak 2, Chris Lund 2, Brady Norvall, Sergey Bushuev, Jarrod Cruzat.
Saves: USC- Darin Smith 9. Pacific- Ryan Brown 8.

USC scored five straight goals in a six minute span to overtake Pacific and take a 11-4 lead at 5:36 in the fourth period. Pacific had the game tied at three at 4:26 in the second, but the Trojans scored three straight to take a 6-3 lead in the third period. Ivan Babic scored three second half goals for the Trojans.

Game 8 - Semifinal #1

#1 UC Irvine (20-6) 2 1 0 4 0 0= 7
#4 California (17-7) 2 0 3 2 1 1= 9
UC Irvine: Jeff Powers 2, Dan Hayes 2, Andy Coffman 2, Dan Klatt.
California: Joe Kaiser 3, Jerry Smith 2, Eldad Hazor 2, Mike West, Attila Banhidy.
Saves: UC Irvine- Dan Hipp, 10. Cal- Russell Bernstein 3 (14:00, 3 GA), Tim Kates 8 (20:00, 4 GA).

California's Joe Kaiser and Jerry Smith scored goals in overtime to lead the Bears in the upset of No. 1 seed and top ranked UC Irvine. Jeff Powers scored two goals in the fourth period to tie the game at six, before Smith's first goal gave Cal a 7-6 lead with 1:15 remaining in the fourth period. Andy Coffman forced the game into overtime, scoring with three seconds left in regulation. California will play in the Championship game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Game 9 - Semifinal #2

#2 UCLA (20-3) 1 4 1 3= 9
#6 Pepperdine (13-12) 2 2 0 0= 4

Pepperdine: Greg Lonzo 2, Peter Joseph, Chris Tilden.
UCLA: Sean Kern 4, Brian Brown 2, Dave Parker, Matt Flesher, Andy Bailey.
Saves: Pepperdine- Michael Soltis, 8. UCLA - Brandon Brooks, 7.

Pepperdine jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second quarter but UCLA scored four straight goals to take a 5-3 lead. Pepperdine's Greg Lonzo scored with three seconds remaining in the second quarter to make it 5-4, but UCLA held the Wave scoreless in the second half to advance to the Championship game.

Sunday, November 26

7th Place Game

#5 Long Beach State (15-12) 4 3 2 3= 12
#7 Pacific (11-14) 1 1 1 3= 6
LBSU: Justin Jewell 2, Aaron Hollway 2, Adam Collins 2, Chris Segesman 2, Justin Matsuno, Nathan Allard, Scott Miller, Tyler Wawrzynski.
Pacific: Sergey Bushuev 2, Jarrod Cruzat, Chris Spencer, Bret Stewart, Danny Johnson.
Saves: LBSU- Robert Smith 9. Pacific- Ryan Brown 3 (14:00, 7 GA), Eric Bahneman 0 (14:00, 5 GA).

Pacific's Aaron Hollway scored 38 seconds into the game, but Long Beach State dominated the rest of the first half, taking a 7-2 lead at halftime. Four Long Beach players scored twice and goalkeeper Robert Smith made nine saves in goal. Long Beach State finishes the MPSF Tournament in seventh place and ends the season with a 15-12 record. Pacific finishes the season at 11-14, placing eighth in the tournament.

5th Place Game

#3 USC (20-6) 2 2 2 1= 7
#8 Stanford (13-13) 2 2 1 1= 6
USC: Ivan Babic 2, Daniel Lontay, Stever O'Rourke, Nenad Praporski, Tim Wollthan, Predrag Damjanov.
Stanford: Peter Hudnut, Todd Snider, Onno Koelman, Jeff Nesmith, Mark Amott, Peter Osborn.
Saves: USC- Bozidar Damjanovic, 6. Stanford- Nick Ellis, 5 (14:00, 4 GA), Jaison Robinson, 3 (14:00 3 GA).

The Trojans took a 2-0 lead early in the first period, but Stanford evened the score late in the period. The two teams battled back and forth, with each team staying within a goal of the lead. Stanford took its first lead of the game, 5-4, at 4:44 of the third period, but USC answered with three straight goals to take a 7-5 lead with 5:56 remaining in the game. Stanford's Peter Hudnut scored on penalty shot with 3:39 left to cut the lead to one, but the Trojans held on for the win. USC finishes in fifth place with a 20-6 record, and Stanford ends its season in 6th place with a 13-13 record.

3rd place game

#1 UC Irvine (20-7)   2  3  0  2= 7
#6 Pepperdine (14-12) 5  1  2  0= 8

UC Irvine: Dan Hayes 2, Dan Klatt 2, Jeff Powers, John Dorfi, Andy Coffman.
Pepperdine: Greg Lonzo 3, Robert Grayeli, Mike Peetz, Sean Hylton, Chris Tilden, Michael Hausmann.
Saves: UC Irvine- Dan Hipp, 9. Pepperdine- Michael Soltis 10.

Pepperdine jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first quarter until three second-quarter goals by UC Irvine tied the score at 5-5. Pepperdine took the lead at 6-5 on a Mike Peetz goal with 35 seconds left in the half and then scored two third-quarter goals to lead 8-5. UC Irvine closed to within one goal in the fourth quarter after goals by Dan Hayes and Andy Coffman, but could not equalize. Goalkeeper Michael Soltis made a save in the final 30 seconds to preserve the victory. Pepperdine ends its season in third place with a final record of 14-12, while top-seeded UC Irvine finishes in fourth place with a 20-7 record.

Championship Game

#2 UCLA (21-3) 1 1 2 2= 6
#4 California (16-9) 1 2 0 2= 5

UCLA: Brian Brown 4, Matt Flesher, Sean Kern.
California: Eldad Hazor 2, James Lathrop, Attila Banhidy, Joe Kaiser.
Saves: California-Russell Bernstein, 11. UCLA - Brandon Brooks, 5.

UCLA won its second consecutive MPSF Championship with a 6-5 victory over California. The Bruins earn the conference's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Championships in Malibu. UCLA trailed at the half, 2-3, but scored three unanswered goals, two from Brian Brown, to take a 5-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. With the Bruins ahead 6-4, Eldad Hazor brought Cal to within one with a goal with 39 seconds left on the clock, but the Bruins controlled the next possession and prevented Cal from taking more than a desperation shot with the clock winding down. Brown led all scorers with four goals. UCLA improves its record to 21-3, while Cal drops to 16-9.

Post-Game Quotes:
Cal head coach Peter Asch:
"I just thought the tournament was a reflection of the whole season. Every game is so tough. I thought both teams played very well, and it's a shame that one of them had to lose. It was a high-end, toe-to-toe affair."
(On the NCAA berth) "I think any number of teams deserve a berth. Any one of the teams from our conference would be a good representative. You'd love to see this type of event at the NCAAs and not the conference championship."

UCLA Co-Head Coach Guy Baker:
"The last couple of times we played them we beat them by seven, but you just knew that tonight was going to be a real close game. This tournament is always close, especially the finals, but it was good.
"When we were up two with a minute to go, I felt pretty good about it. I knew that even if they scored, we'd probably be able to run enough clock off so that we'd be in pretty good shape."
(On Brian Brown) "Brian was big. I liked the way he reacted after he scored. He's a very quiet guy. It's out of his character to show emotion like that. I think that got everyone going when he pumped his fist and showed emotion."

UCLA playmaker Brian Brown:
"We knew we had to win to go to the NCAAs, so it was do or die. We had to give everything we had, and we did. The first half we just weren't putting some shots away. Finally the second half we kept up the 'D', countered and put some shots away. It was nice."

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