BERKELEY, October 19 . UCLA's fourth-ranked men's water polo team scored its initial Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win here this afternoon with a 4-3 upset of third-ranked California at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
UCLA, which last weekend split with Pepperdine and Loyola (losing to the former in four overtimes at home, then defeating the latter the following day) improved to 9-4, 1-2 in MPSF play. The Bears fell to 9-4, 2-2 in conference action.
The Bruin defense and the play of senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks kept the Bears in check throughout most of the game. Brooks tallied nine saves on the afternoon, while facing a Cal attack that produced 28 shots, but scored only three times.
UCLA sophomore driver Brett Ormsby started the scoring, finding the back of the net for the match's first point with 23 seconds remaining in the first period. Both teams' defenses dominated during the first half with UCLA taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Ormsby struck again only 1:50 into the second half, extending the Bruin advantage to 2-0. Cal responded with an Attila Banhidy goal at the 3:11 mark in the third period. The Bears then evened the score at 2-2 on a Chris Lathrop goal with 34 second left in the quarter.
The fourth period saw Ormsby complete his hat trick and fellow sophomore driver Josh Hewko got the lead back for the Bruins — all within the first three minutes. It would be enough to give UCLA the victory.
The Bruins finish their northern swing with a nonconference match at top-ranked Stanford at noon in the Cardinal's Avery Aquatic Center pool.
UCLA: Brett Ormsby 3, Josh Hewko
CAL: Attila Banhidy 2, Chris Lathrop
UCLA: Brandon Brooks 9
CAL: Russell Bernstein 7
1 2 3 4 TOTAL
UCLA 1 0 1 2 4
CAL 0 0 2 1 3