On Deck This Week
No. 2 UCLA (19-2, 0-1 MPSF), continues MPSF play this week when it travels to No. 8 UC Irvine (11-6, 0-1 MPSF) on Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Anteater Aquatics Complex. UCLA ends the week with a double-header at home with No. 3 Pacific (14-2, 2-0 MPSF) at 1:00 p.m. and an exhibition game at 3:00 p.m. with Long Beach City College.
UCLA is 71-59-1 all-time vs. UC Irvine. The Bruins defeated the Anteaters 12-3 in the quarterfinals of the SoCal Invitational at UC Irvine (Oct. 12). UCLA has not played Pacific this season, but is 40-3 all-time against the Tigers. The Bruins posted a 13-10 win at Pacific in league play last year and defeated the Tigers 10-8 in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament.
Recapping Last Week
The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team dropped its second straight game, falling to 18-2 overall and 0-1 in the MPSF after an 8-6 setback at No. 4 Stanford (11-4, 1-1 MPSF) at Avery Aquatic Center on Oct. 19. Redshirt junior Cristiano Mirarchi led UCLA with two goals against the Cardinal. The Bruins bounced back to post a 16-2 win at No. 16 Santa Clra on Oct. 20. Senior Aimone Barabino and freshman Gordon Marshall led UCLA with three goals apiece as 10 different Bruins scored.
The 2013 Bruins’ 18-0 start to the season tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in UCLA history, equalling the 18 consecutive games won by the 2004 national championship squad.
The Bruins’ defense has been stellar all year, allowing only USC to score more than eight goals. USC put 12 up on the board in a 12-11 double overtime win in the finals of the SoCal Invitational (Oct. 13) and had its 41-game winning streak snapped by UCLA in the 9-8 loss in the finals of the NorCal Invitational (Sept 22). Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Garrett Danner is second in the MPSF in goals against average (5.35 gaa) as the Bruins lead the MPSF as a team, allowing just 4.52 goals per game.
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 39.9 percent of the team’s scoring (126-of-316 goals). Freshman Lovre Milos is tied for first on the team with 30 goals which ranks 19th in the MPSF. Freshmen Ryder Roberts and Gordon Marshall are tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 22 goals apiece. Freshmen Jack Fellner (17 goals) and Chancellor Ramirez (16 goals) are 10th and 11th, respectively, on the team in scoring. Roberts is currently 2nd on the team in assists (32) while Danner leads the team in steals (33) with Fellner and Roberts tied for second (29).
Scoring at a High Percentage
While UCLA ranks third in the MPSF in goals per game (15.05 gpg), the Bruins are currently scoring on 47.5 percent of their shots. Ten Bruins are shooting better than 50 percent, led by senior Lucas Reynolds' 59.1 percent (26-for-44). Reynolds is one of seven different Bruins averaging over one goal per game.
Against Ranked Teams
The Bruins are 13-2 (.867) against ranked teams in 2013. UCLA has outscored its opposition by 10.5 goals per game (316-95, 15.05-4.52 gpg). The Bruins are outscoring ranked teams by 7.6 goals per game (189-75, 12.6-5.00 gpg).
Wright On Deck For Year Five
The Bruins are led by fifth-year head coach Adam Wright, who has compiled a 110-25 (.815) record, including a 24-9 (.727) mark in MPSF action. He won his 100th game last weekend 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.