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Water Polo NCAA Champs
 

No. 1 UCLA to Face No. 8 Pacific, No. 11 UC San Diego
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/02/2011

Nov. 2, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 UCLA men's water polo team returns to action with an MPSF match against No. 8 Pacific at Spieker Aquatics Center on Friday, Nov. 4. Game time is 7 p.m. The Bruins will also play at No. 11 UC San Diego on Sunday at 12 p.m.

THIS WEEKEND'S SCHEDULE
No. 8 Pacific (10-8, 0-3) at No. 1 UCLA (15-3, 2-1)
Friday, Nov. 4 - 7 p.m.
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center

No. 1 UCLA (15-3) at No. 11 UC San Diego (13-7)
Sunday, Nov. 6 - 12 p.m.
at UC San Diego's Canyonview Pool

Listen Live Online by Clicking Here
UCLA's match against Pacific on Friday evening will feature a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. Friday's audio broadcast will begin at 6:55 p.m., five minutes prior to the start of the water polo game.

Bruins Back in Action
After 12 days without playing any games, UCLA resumes its season Friday against Pacific. The Bruins last played on Saturday, Oct. 22, winning a pair of non-conference games at Pomona-Pitzer. UCLA posted its first shutout since 1997, winning against Whittier by a 20-0 margin. Later in the day, the Bruins defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 14-4.

Wright, Lapin Strike Gold for USA
UCLA head coach Adam Wright and former UCLA goalkeeping standout Chay Lapin recently helped the United States Men's National Team win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadajalara, Mexico. Both Wright and Lapin played for Team USA, which earned an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympics in London.

Looking at the Bruins' Leaderboard
More than two-thirds of the way through the season, Josh Samuels leads UCLA with 29 goals. His 1.81 goals per game average is tied for ninth in the MPSF. Cullen Hennessy has dished a team-high 27 assists, Aimone Barabino has logged a team-best 38 earned exclusions, and Samuels leads the way this fall with 28 steals.

History Versus No. 1 Team
UCLA has won both its games against No. 1-ranked teams this year. After defeating then-No. 1 USC, 7-6, on Oct. 2, the Bruins secured a 7-6 win at then-No. 1 Stanford on Oct. 15. The win at Stanford was UCLA's first against the No. 1 team since Nov. 28, 2009, when UCLA defeated USC, 10-6, in the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament.

Standing Up in the Conference
UCLA has gone 2-1 in MPSF games and currently ranks third in the conference standings, trailing USC (5-0) and California (4-1). Stanford (3-2) and UC Santa Barbara (2-2) are fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the bottom four teams are, in order, Pepperdine (2-4), Long Beach State (1-3), UC Irvine (1-4) and Pacific (0-3).

Final Stretch for UCLA
The Bruins have six regular-season contests remaining, before hosting the MPSF Tournament (Nov. 25-27). Five of the six games count in the MPSF standings. After this weekend's pair of contests, UCLA plays at Long Beach State (Nov. 10) and Pepperdine (Nov. 12) before hosting USC (Nov. 18) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 19).

Key Matches This Weekend
Aside from UCLA's game against Pacific, the conference schedule features six other MPSF matchups this week. Long Beach State plays at UC Irvine on Thursday. Saturday's schedule includes Cal at UCSB, Stanford at Long Beach State, and Pepperdine at USC. On Sunday, Stanford plays at UC Irvine, and Pacific plays at UCSB.

Bruins' Key Scorers
Four UCLA players - Josh Samuels (29), Brett Hays (25), Paul Reynolds (23) and Griffin White (23) - have each scored over 20 goals, more than midway through 2011. Samuels, Hays and White lead the Bruins with six goals through the team's first three MPSF contests.

Who's in Goal for the Bruins?
Junior Matt Rapacz enters Friday's match with 84 saves and a 6.80 goals against average (GAA). He has averaged 7.30 saves per four quarters, as the Bruins have gone 11-3 in his 14 starts. Sophomore James Hartshorne has logged 27 saves and a 3.27 GAA in eight games. Senior Andrew Mesesan has tallied 17 saves and a 5.20 GAA in six games (three starts).



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