Nov. 22, 2012
UCLA Game Notes
THE LAST MEETING
November 11, 2012
No. 2 UCLA Wins at No. 7 Pacific, 13-10
The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team posted a 13-10 win at No. 7 Pacific on Sunday afternoon at Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex. The Bruins improved to 24-2 overall and 6-0 in MPSF play while the Tigers dropped to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in league action.
#7 Pacific vs. #2 UCLA
Nov. 23 -11:30 a.m.
BRUINS FACE PACIFIC IN MPSF TOURNAMENT
No. 2 UCLA (25-3, 7-1 MPSF) will face No. 5 and seventh-seeded Pacific (12-10, 3-5) on Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the first round of the 2012 MPSF Tournament at USC. The winner will advance to the Semifinals to face either California or Pepperdine at 3 p.m. on Nov. 24 while the losers will square off at 11:30 a.m. in the consolation bracket.
The Bruins are 39-3 (.929) all-time against Pacific and won both meetings earlier this year. In a quarterfinal matchup of the NorCal Tournament with No. 7 Pacific, the Bruins won all four tightly contested quarters, en route to a 9-4 victory over the Tigers on Sept. 15, 2012. Then in MPSF play, the Bruins won at Pacific, 13-10, on Nov. 17.
2012 MPSF TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, November 23
10:00 a.m., Game 1, #1 USC vs. #8 UCSB
11:30 a.m., Game 2, #2 UCLA vs. #7 Pacific
1:30 p.m., Game 3, #3 Cal vs. #6 Pepperdine
3:00 p.m., Game 4, #4 Stanford vs. #5 LBSU
Saturday, November 24
10:00 a.m., Game 5, Losers Games 1 & 4
11:30 a.m., Game 6, Losers Games 2 & 3
1:30 p.m., Game 7 (Semi), Winners Games 1 & 4
3:00 p.m., Game 8 (Semi), Winners Games 2 & 3
Sunday, November 25
10:00 a.m., Game 9 (7th Pl.), Losers Games 5 & 6
11:30 a.m., Game 10 (5th Pl.), Winners Games 5 & 6
1:30 p.m., Game 11 (3rd Pl.), Losers Games 7 & 8
3:00 p.m., Game 12 (Final), Winners Games 7 & 8
2012 MPSF TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
USC is hosting this year's MPSF Tournament at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Nov. 23-25, 2012. Game times are 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (times subject to change). It will be a sellout so click here to purchase your tickets and get in on all of the exciting action and cheer the Bruins on as they defend their MPSF Championship.
2012 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE
USC is also hosting the 2012 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Dec. 1-2, 2012. It will be a sellout so click here to purchase your tickets and get in on all of the exciting action.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK
The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team dropped a 10-9 decision at No. 1 USC on Saturday evening at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Bruins fell to 24-3 overall and 6-1 in MPSF play while the Trojans ended the regular season at 24-0 overall and 8-0 in league action. Sophomore Paul Reynolds led the Bruins with three goals while senior goalkeeper Matt Rapacz registered 12 saves in four quarters of work.
UCLA ended its regular season with a 16-8 win over No. 9 UC Irvine on Sunday morning at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 25-3 overall and 7-1 in MPSF play while the Anteaters ended the regular season at 14-12 overall and 0-8 in league action. While it was "Senior Day" on Sunday, it was Bruin freshman Danny McClintick that stole the show, leading all scorers with three goals on the day. A total of 12 different Bruins scored in the game.
SAMUELS AT NO. 4 IN CAREER SCORING
Senior Josh Samuels has scored 58 goals this season, surpassing the 49 he tallied a year ago. He moved into fourth last week on the UCLA career charts with 166 goals in 105 games. Samuels needs 12 more to move into third all-time (Sean Kern, 1997-00, 177). He has now scored at least one goal in 23 of the 26 games he has played and has recorded multiple scores in 19 of those 26 contests.
2012 MPSF COACHES POLL
The UCLA men's water polo team was picked to finish second in the 2012 MPSF Coaches Preseason Poll. The Bruins received two first-place votes, and are behind No. 1 USC, which received seven first-place votes. California, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara rounded out the top five.
BRUINS HAVE NO. 2 OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
UCLA currently ranks second in the MPSF in both scoring (374 goals in 26 games, 14.38 gpg) and goals allowed (164 goals in 26 games, 6.31 gpg). USC is first in both categories, scoring 340 goals in 23 games (14.78 gpg) and giving up 120 goals in 23 games (5.22 gpg).
WRIGHT ON DECK FOR YEAR FOUR
The Bruins are led by fourth-year head coach Adam Wright, who has compiled a 88-21 (.807) record, including a 24-8 (.750) mark in MPSF action. Wright played at UCLA from 1997-2000, helping lead 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 has played for the National Team in every major international tournament since 2001. He has guided the Bruins to two MPSF Tournament titles and runner-up finishes at the NCAA Tournament in his three seasons at the helm. In 2009 and 2011, UCLA won the MPSF Tournament title and advanced to the title match of the NCAA Tournament. 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.