Three Home Games on Tap this Weekend for No. 1 UCLA
On Deck This Week
No. 1 UCLA (13-0, 1-0 MPSF) continues MPSF action this week when it hosts No. 12 Pepperdine (5-5, 0-1) on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins will then host a doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 4, starting with No. 17 Loyola Marymount (3-8) at Noon. UCLA ends the weekend with a 3:00 p.m. exhibition game on Oct. 4 with Golden West College (12-1).
UCLA is 72-31-1 all-time vs. Pepperdine. The Bruins have won the last 10 meetings, dating back to 2008. UCLA swept the Waves last year, winning 10-8 in Malibu (Nov. 16) and 8-7 at Spieker Aquatics Center (Sept. 27). The Bruins are also 25-0 all-time against Loyola Marymount and have already posted a 22-2 win over the Lions this season at the Triton Invitational (Sept. 7).
Recapping Last Week
The Bruins just had one game last week as No. 1 UCLA defeated No. 9 UC Irvine, 17-9, in the MPSF-opener for both teams at Spieker Aquatics Center in a nationally televised broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins were led by junior utility Danny McClintick, who was later named MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week for his four-goal, two-assist effort against the Anteaters.
UCLA’s defense has been stellar this season, allowing an MPSF-low 4.08 goals per game. Additionally, senior goalkeeper Stephen White (2.77 gaa) leads the MPSF while sophomore goalie Garrett Danner (5.32 gaa) ranks fourth in the league. Senior goalie James Hartshorne (3.52 gaa) would be second, but hasn't played in enough quarters to qualify.
UCLA’s offense has also been stellar all season, scoring 20 or more goals in seven of the 13 victories. The Bruins are third in the MPSF in goals per game, averaging 18.23 gpg. The fewest goals UCLA has scored in any game this year is nine, done in back-to-back wins over No. 3 USC and No. 1 Stanford. Freshman Alex Roelse leads UCLA in scoring with 22 goals (1.83 gpg) while senior Cristiano Mirarchi leads the Bruins in goals per game (21 goals, 2.33 gpg). The Bruins currently have five players in the MPSF Top 25 in scoring (7. Cristiano Mirarchi, 2.33 gpg; 13. Paul Reynolds, 2.11 gpg; 16. Gordon Marshall, 2.00 gpg; 20. Danny McClintick, 1.90 gpg and 21. Alex Roelse, 1.83 gpg).
Garrett Danner Closing In On Career Chart
Just a sophomore, Garrett Danner is 24 saves away from cracking the UCLA Top 10 Career Chart in saves. He currently has 323 (10.9 saves per game) and set the UCLA single season record with 262 in 2013 as a redshirt freshman.
Paul Reynolds On Career Scoring List
Senior attacker Paul Reynolds is currently eighth on UCLA’s all-time scoring list with 147 goals (1.5 gpg). He needs one to pass Griffin White (2009-12, 147 goals) for seventh place and six to pass Scott Davidson (2006-09, 152 goals) for sixth. He is averaging 2.11 goals per game (2nd on the team, 13th in the MPSF) in 2014, which if he maintains, would put him at No. 3 all-time by year’s-end.
Against Ranked Teams
The Bruins are 7-0 (1.000) against ranked teams in 2014 and for the second straight year, have beaten a No. 1 team (both times in the finals of the NorCal Tournament). Last year UCLA defeated No. 1 USC, 9-8, to win the title and this year defeated No. 1 Stanford, 9-7.
Wright On Deck For Year Six
The Bruins are led by sixth-year head coach Adam Wright, who has compiled a 135-27 (.833) record, including a 34-9 (.791) mark in MPSF action. He won his 100th game in 2013 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.
Danny McClintick Named MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week (Sept. 29, 2014)
The MPSF announced on Monday (Sept. 29) that UCLA junior utility Danny McClintick (Agoura Hills, CA/Agoura HS) has been named the MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week. McClintick scored a game-high four goals and added two assists to lead the top-ranked Bruins to a 17-9 win over No. 9 UC Irvine. He scored the eventual game-winning goal with 5:17 left in the third period. McClintick also drew the defensive assignment on MPSF scoring leader Lovre Milos (4.67 GPG) and held him to two goals. This is McClintick’s first career player of the week honor. He was a 2013 all-conference honorable mention selection. This is the second straight year that UCLA has opened the season at 13-0. The Bruins return to action this weekend when they host Pepperdine in an MPSF game under the lights of Spieker Aquatics Center on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m. UCLA also hosts Loyola Marymount on Saturday at Noon and Golden West (exhibition) at 3:00 p.m..
Garrett Danner Named MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week (Sept. 22, 2014)
The MPSF announced on Monday (Sept. 22) that UCLA sophomore goalkeeper Garrett Danner (Coto de Caza, CA/El Toro HS) was named the MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week. He tallied 14 saves in the Bruins’ 9-7 NorCal Semifinal win over No. 3 USC, before a career-high tying 15-save effort in the 9-7 championship win over No. 1 Stanford. The Trojans and Cardinal were held to a collective 5-for-21 on power plays, in which Danner made 11 stops on those 5-on-6 plays. Danner helped UCLA remain undefeated at 12-0 and win the Kap7 NorCal Classic at Stockton, Calif., beating three top six teams en route to the title. The Bruins opened with the only shutout of the tournament, a 24-0 win over Pomona-Pitzer with Danner sitting out the game. The Bruins then posted a 15-6 win at No. 6 Pacific in the quarterfinals, with Danner playing the first three quarters and being relieved at 6:34 in the fourth. He had six saves and three steals while allowing four goals. For the Kap7 NorCal Classic, Danner averaged 12.54 saves per game (35 saves) and posted a goals against average of 6.44. He also led UCLA with 10 steals.