The #4-ranked Bruins ran away with the Pacific Invitational title Tuesday winning by 16 shots. It was the first men's tournament title in four years. Four Bruins finished in the final Top 10.
A final score of 830 was 34-under-par over the 54-hole tourney. That set a tournament course record at Spanos Park in Stockton, Calif. Junior Travis Johnson and freshman Spencer Levin led the Bruins tying for fifth place at eight-under 208. Both players matched each other in the final round with 3-under-par 69's in the final round.
Another Bruin duo, juniors John Merrick and Steve Conway tied for seventh with seven-under-par scores. Conway fired a blazing six-under 66 on the final round while Merrick posted a 69 Tuesday.
The previously third-ranked Bruins (4-1-0) were upset by 17th-ranked Loyola Marymount 2-0 Sunday. It was the Bruins first defeat of the season. The latest rankings have the Bruins dropping to seventh in the Soccer America rankings.
Sunday the Bruins will be looking to redeem themselves against San Diego State (2-3-1) at Drake Stadium at 1:00 pm.
First year head coach, Tom Fitzgerald, came to UCLA after leading the Columbus Crew of the MSL from 1996-2001. He brings with him 24 years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate, professional and national team levels. Every one of Fitzgerald's college seasons as head coach resulted in an NCAA post-season tournament berth.
Men's Water Polo:
The 3rd-ranked Bruins (3-2) take on cross-town rival USC on Saturday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium at 1:00 pm. After opening the season with consecutive losses, the Bruins have won three matches in a row.
UCLA has already defeated the Trojans this season with a 9-7 overtime win in the fifth-place match of the So Cal Tournament that was played at the McDonald's Swim Stadium on September 15.
This past Sunday the Bruins held the annual Alumni Game at Sunset Canyon Rec. Center. The Alumni defeated the current Bruins 10-8. Former NCAA Player of the Year Sean Kern led the former Bruins.
Men's Cross Country:
This past Saturday the Bruins placed first at the Big Wave Invitational in Hawaii, scoring 24 points, with Hawaii Pacific the next closest competitor with 59 points.. Coming off a redshirt season due to leg stress ailments, sophomore Jon Rankin led the Bruins, placing first overall finishing the 5000-meter course in 16:03.5.
Other Bruins in the top ten finishers were sophomores Ben Aragon (fourth, 16:26.1) and Erik Emilsson (sixth, 16:31.4), senior Phil Young (seventh, 16:54.7) and sophomore Puneet Mahan (ninth, 17:06.1).
The Bruins travel up to Palo Alto this weekend to compete in the Stanford Invitational. The men will be running an 8,000-meter course.
Women's Cross Country:
The #11-ranked Bruin women's cross country team also won the Big Wave Invitational in Hawaii. They placed first ahead of Hawaii and Oklahoma State. True freshman Jenna Timinsky led UCLA, placing seventh overall.
Last week the Bruins finished second in the Oregon State Shanico Invitational in Corvallis. UCLA finished with a team score of 306 in the final round and a 54-hole total score of 893, 29 over par.
California won the event finishing nine shots ahead of the Bruins. Top Bruin performers included junior transfer Hana Kim who tied for eight at 222 after shooting a 77 in the final round. Juniors Melissa Martin and Gina Umeck tied for 16th at 225. Martin shot a 74 and Umeck posted a 77 in the final round.
The 3rd-ranked Bruins (7-1) posted their fourth consecutive shutout Wednesday downing BYU 6-0. Sophomore Kim Devine scored a pair of goals, and ironically played her freshman season at BYU before transferring to UCLA.
This was the first ever victory by UCLA over BYU after losing to the Cougars the previous two times the teams had met in 1997 and 1998. The Bruins have not given up a goal since defeating San Francisco 4-1 on September 13. In fact, that was the only goal UCLA has given up to an unranked opponent this season. The Bruins out shot BYU 20-2. Sophomore Any Fazio scored he first career goal in the game and added an assist.
UCLA's biggest win of the season came Sept. 6th against #5 ranked Virginia in overtime, 4-3. In eight games, UCLA has only had five goals scored on them. UCLA's next match is an exhibition against the Mexican National Team this Saturday at Brake Stadium beginning at 2:00 pm. The match is free to the public.
The women's vollyeball team dropped from 11th to 17th in the national rankings after being swept last week in the desert by Arizona and ASU. The Bruins (7-5, 0-2) are regrouping in preparation for their home openers this weekend against the Washington schools.
Last season UCLA swept the season series with both Washington schools.