Light Schedule On Tap This Week
The top-ranked UCLA Bruins (14-0, 0-0 MPSF) only has one game this week, traveling to No. 12 UC San Diego (7-7, 1-0 WWPA) on Oct. 4 for a 6:00 p.m. game at the East Pool inside Canyonview Aquatics Center.
UCLA is 51-1 all-time against the UC San Diego Tritons. The Bruins posted a 16-6 victory at Canyonview earlier this season (Sept. 8), scoring four times in each quarter. Paul Reynolds, Daniel Lenhart and Lovre Milos each scored hat tricks for UCLA in the win, while David Higginson led UCSD with three goals. Garrett Danner registered 13 saves in the cage for the Bruins. The Bruins have dominated the series, but has only won the last eight games against UCSD. The last defeat to UCSD was a 13-12 heartbreaker in 2006 in San Diego.
Recapping Last Week
The No. 1 UCLA men’s water polo team made its Pac-12 Networks television debut with an 8-7 win over No. 9 Pepperdine (3-5) on Sept. 27 at Spieker Aquatics Center. Junior attacker Daniel Lenhart led the Bruins with two goals. UCLA improved to 13-0 on the season with a 17-4 win at No. 8 Loyola Marymount (5-6) at Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on Sept. 28. Freshman Lovre Milos and senior Chris Wendt each scored hat tricks for UCLA as 10 different Bruins scored. UCLA capped the week with a 15-3 win over No. 11 Princeton (8-3) at Spieker Aquatics Center under the lights on Sept. 28. Milos and senior Lucas Reynolds each scored hat tricks for UCLA as nine different Bruins scored.
UCLA/Muscle Milk Player of the Week
Freshman attacker Lovre Milos of the top-ranked UCLA men's water polo team was named the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week, and a goal by teammate Chris Wendt during UCLA's 15-3 win over Princeton was the UCLABruins.com Play of the Week. Milos moved into a tie for the team lead in scoring with eight goals over the weekend in the Bruins’ three wins over ranked teams. UCLA improved to 14-0 on the season with an 8-7 win over No. 9 Pepperdine on Sept. 27. UCLA then posted a 17-4 win at No. 8 Loyola Marymount on the afternoon of Sept. 28 and then returned home to hand No. 11 Princeton a 15-3 defeat in the nightcap. The Bruins also improved to 9-0 on the season against ranked teams. Milos scored one goal in the win over the Waves and added three assists and two steals. He scored a career-high four goals against the Lions and added one field block. He ended the week with three goals and a steal in the win over the Tigers. He now has scored in 11-of-13 games he has played and has scored multiple goals in seven contests. For the play of the week, Wendt gets the honors after elevating high to receive a lob pass from Chancellor Ramirez and then shooting past the goalkeeper to give UCLA a 10-3 lead against Princeton on Saturday evening.
The Bruins’ defense has been stellar in the early going of the 2013 season. No team has scored more than eight goals against UCLA on the year. UCLA only gave up 21 goals in the four games of the NorCal Invitational, which was four fewer than its next closest competitor, USC. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Garrett Danner is second in the MPSF in goals against average (4.95 gaa) as the Bruins lead the MPSF as a team, allowing just 4.36 goals per game. Danner also ranks fourth in the league in saves per game (11.11 spg)
UCLA true and redshirt freshmen are making huge contributions in 2013. In addition to redshirt freshman goalkeeper Garrett Danner, there are six freshmen (only two of them redshirts) that are playing heavy minutes. The freshmen account for 40.7 percent of the team’s scoring (90-of-221 goals). Freshman Lovre Milos is tied for 1st on the team with 23 goals. Freshman Ryder Roberts is 7th on the team in scoring with 14 goals. Redshirt freshman Alec Zwaneveld is 9th on the team in scoring with 11 goals. Freshmen Jack Fellner (10 goals) and Chancellor Ramirez (nine goals) are 10th and 11th, respectively, on the team in scoring. Roberts is currently second on the team in assists (23) while Fellner leads the squad in steals (20).
Scoring at a High Percentage
While UCLA ranks third in the MPSF in goals per game (15.79 gpg), the Bruins are currently scoring on 50.0 percent of their shots. Eight Bruins are shooting better 55 percent, led by redshirt freshmen Alec Zwaneveld’s 68.8 percent (11-for-16). Junior Christopher Meinhold is shooting 66.7 percent (6-for-9). Senior Paul Pickell is 3rd on the team at 61.5 percent (8-for-13) and sophomore Anthony Daboub ranks 4th at 60.0 percent (9-for-15). Junior Daniel Lenhart (13-for-22) rounds out the top five at 59.1 percent.
Wright On Deck For Year Five
The Bruins are led by fifth-year head coach Adam Wright, who has compiled a 105-23 (.820) record, including a 24-8 (.750) mark in MPSF action. He won his 100th game earlier this year with the 10-4 victory over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara in the quarterfinals of the SoCal Tournament (Sept. 21). Wright played at UCLA from 1997-2000, leading the Bruins to NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000. He played for the USA National Team in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, leading Team USA to a silver medal in 2008 in Beijing. Wright played for the National Team in every major international tournament from 2001-12. He has guided the Bruins to two MPSF Tournament titles and three runner-up finishes at the NCAA Tournament in his four complete seasons at the helm. In 2009 and 2011, UCLA won the MPSF Tournament title. He has guided the Bruins to the title match of the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons (2009, 2011, 2012). Wright was named MPSF Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading UCLA to the MPSF Tournament title and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Tournament.