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No. 1 UCLA Makes Pac-12 Network Debut on Friday

Sep 26, 2013

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UCLA Makes Pac-12 Network Debut
The nation’s newest No. 1 team, UCLA (11-0, 0-0 MPSF), hosts No. 9 Pepperdine (3-4, 0-0 MPSF) on Sept. 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center. The game, which is a non-league match, will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks. It marks the first of five regular-season games for the Bruins’ to be televised during the 2013 campaign.

Series Meetings
UCLA is 70-31-1 all-time vs. Pepperdine. The Bruins defeated the Waves twice last year. UCLA won 14-7 in the quarters of the SoCal Invitational (Sept. 29) and 12-7 at home in MPSF play (Oct. 25). The Bruins are 23-0 all-time vs. LMU, winning 16-8 at home last year (Sept. 21). UCLA is 9-0 all-time vs. Princeton after posting a 20-3 win in Princeton in 2012 (Sept. 9).

Recapping Last Week
The No. 2 UCLA men’s water polo team won the NorCal Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., by defeating four ranked teams. The Bruins opened with a 17-4 win over No. 16 Concordia. Then UCLA shut down No. 6 UC Santa Barbara by posting a 10-4 win in the quarterfinals, handing the Gauchos their first loss of the season. In a tightly contested defensive battle, UCLA handed No. 4 California its first loss of the season with a 6-5 victory in the semifinals. The Bruins then handed USC its first loss since 2011, snapping the Trojans’ 41-game winning streak with a 9-8 win in the finals.

MPSF Player of the Week
UCLA redshirt freshman goalkeeper Garrett Danner captured MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week acclaim for the week of Sept. 16-22 after helping UCLA remain undefeated at 11-0 and win the NorCal Invitational at Berkeley, Calif., over the weekend, shutting down four ranked teams en route to the title. Danner averaged 10.67 saves per game and posted a goals against average of 5.33 at the NorCal Invitational. He led UCLA with seven steals in the four games and added four assists.

Getting Defensive
The Bruins’ defense was stellar over the weekend, as it has been 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 leads the MPSF in goals against average (4.77 gaa) as the Bruins lead the MPSF as a team, allowing just 4.27 goals per game.

Freshman Forces
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 40.3 percent of the team’s scoring (73-of-181 goals). Freshman Lovre Milos is tied for 2nd on the team with 15 goals. Freshman Ryder Roberts and redshirt freshman Alec Zwaneveld are tied for 6th on the team in scoring with 11 goals apiece. Freshmen Chancellor Ramirez (nine goals) and Jack Fellner (eight goals) are 10th and 11th, respectively, on the team in scoring. Roberts currently leads the team in assists (21) while Fellner is second in steals (16).

Scoring at a High Percentage
While UCLA ranks third in the MPSF in goals per game (16.45 gpg), the Bruins are currently scoring on 50.8 percent of their shots. Six Bruins are shooting better than 60 percent, led by redshirt freshmen Alec Zwaneveld’s 68.8 percent (11-for-16). Senior Paul Pickell and sophomore Anthony Daboub are both shooting 63.6 percent (7-for-11). Juniors Daniel Lenhart (10-for-16) and Christopher Meinhold (5-for-8) round at the top five at 62.5 percent.

Wright On Deck For Year Five
The Bruins are led by fifth-year head coach Adam Wright, who has compiled a 102-23 (.816) record, including a 24-8 (.750) 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.