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Big Games on Deck for No. 3 UCLA, Host No. 1 Stanford, at No. 7 UCSB

Oct 23, 2014

On Deck This Week
No. 3 UCLA (19-2, 3-0 MPSF) continues conference play this week when it hosts No. 1 Stanford (17-2, 3-0 MPSF) on Friday, Oct. 24 at 4:00 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Jim Watson calling all of the exciting action and Greg Mescall adding color commentary. The Bruins then travel to Santa Barbara for another MPSF matchup on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Noon at No. 7 UCSB (9-8, 0-3 MPSF).

Series Meetings
UCLA is 68-82 all-time vs. Stanford, including a split with the Cardinal this year. The Bruins defeated then-No. 1 Stanford 9-7 in the finals of the Kap7 NorCal Classic on Sept. 21 and recently suffered a 7-6 loss in the third-place game of the SoCal Tournament at UCLA on Oct. 12. The Bruins are 97-17-1 all-time against UC Santa Barbara and have yet to face the Gauchos in 2014. UCLA won all three meetings against UCSB a year ago by three or more goals.

Recapping Last Week
The Bruins won their only game of the week, taking down then-No. 2 California, 13-8, on the Pac-12 Networks (Oct. 18). Gordon Marshall led UCLA with a career- and game-high five goals against the Golden Bears, which was UCLA's third-straight win over Cal. Senior Paul Reynolds also completed a hat trick in the win. 

Defensive Dynamos
UCLA’s defense has been solid this season, allowing an MPSF-low 4.86 goals per game. Sophomore goalie Garrett Danner leads the MPSF with a 5.68 goals against average and ranks third in the league in saves per game (10.65). Additionally, senior goalkeeper Stephen White (3.36 gaa) would lead the MPSF and senior goalie James Hartshorne (4.73 gaa) would be second in goals against average, but haven't played in enough quarters to qualify.

Offensive Operators
UCLA’s offense is currently third in the MPSF, averaging 16.05 goals per game. The Bruins have scored 20 or more goals in seven of 21 games. The fewest goals UCLA has scored in any game this year is six, done in back-to-back losses to No. 4 USC and No. 2 Stanford in the SoCal Tournament. Senior Cristiano Mirarchi, who has scored at least one goal in each of the last 12 contests (a career-best streak), leads UCLA in scoring with 35 goals, which ranks seventh in the MPSF (2.06 gpg). The Bruins currently have four players in the MPSF Top 25 in scoring (7. Cristiano Mirarchi, 2.06 gpg; 10. Paul Reynolds, 1.94 gpg; 12. Gordon Marshall, 1.85 gpg and 22. Danny McClintick, 1.56 gpg).

Garrett Danner On Career Chart
Just a sophomore, Garrett Danner ranks eighth on the UCLA career charts with 384 (10.9 saves per game) and set the UCLA single season record with 262 in 2013 as a redshirt freshman. He needs 38 saves to pass Chuck Brown (1985-86, 421 saves) for seventh place on the Bruins' career charts.

Paul Reynolds On Career Scoring List
Senior attacker Paul Reynolds is currently sixth on UCLA’s all-time scoring list with 161 goals (1.6 gpg). He needs two more goals to pass Fernando Carsalade (1985-88, 162 goals) for fifth place. He is averaging 1.94 goals per game (2nd on the team, 10th 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 13-2 (.867) 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 141-29 (.829) record, including a 36-9 (.800) 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.