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  Matt Flesher
Matt Flesher

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, CA

High School:
Brea Olinda

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195

Position:
Center Defender

Birthdate:
04/28/1980

Experience:
2V

2001 — Third team All-American … Second team All-MPSF… Started all 21 games … UCLA’s third leading scorer with 24 goals … Tied for team lead in assists (23) and third in steals (28) … Scored a season-high three goals against LMU (Sept. 22) and UC Irvine (Nov. 10) … Registered seven multi-goal games … Scored goals in each of UCLA’s NCAA Tournament games … Scored goals in 15 of UCLA’s 21 games.

2000 — Honorable mention All-American … Fourth-leading scorer with 32 goals, including five three-goal performances. Recorded hat tricks twice against Long Beach State (Sept. 16 and Nov. 5), and scored in 20 of UCLA’s 26 games … Started 18 games, including all five of the Bruins’ postseason matchups ... Scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 6-5 MPSF title game against California … Finished third on team with 14 assists, and fifth with 16 steals.

1999 — Scored first career goal in UCLA’s 14-6 win over Navy on Sept. 18 … In the MPSF championship game vs. Stanford, scored a goal to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter … Also scored goals vs. UC Irvine (Sept. 19), Long Beach State (Oct. 9), California (Oct. 10), UCSB (Oct. 17), UC San Diego (Oct. 31) and USC (Nov. 20) … Recorded four assists and nine steals.

1998 — Redshirted.

High School — Four-year water polo letterman and four-year swimming letterman at Brea Olinda High School for coach Scott Kling … A three- year MVP and team captain, he earned first-team All-America honors as a senior … Named to the all-league and All-CIF first teams for three seasons … Also elected first-team all-county in ’97 … Holds the school records for career goals, assists, and steals … Scored 108 goals, tallied 106 assists and 115 steals in his senior campaign … A five-time National Junior Olympic Champion and first-team All-American … Member of the U.S. Junior National Team for two years, helping the American squad to a 1998 Pan American Games Championship.

Personal — Full name: Matthew Wesley Flesher … Born April 28, 1980, in Lakewood, Calif. … Lists winning the gold medal at the 1998 Pan-Am Games as his biggest athletic thrill … Admires the drive and determination of Olympic track legend Steve Prefontaine … Father Rial Flesher was a four-year football letterwinner at Northwestern from 1969-72 … Interests include reading, running, and photography … Political Science major.

Career Statistics

Year G Att. Pct. Ast. Stl.
1999 8 22 36% 4 9
2000 32 76 42% 14 16
2001 24 49 41% 23 24
TOTALS 64 147 39% 41 49

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