The look at our non-revenue sports is back from the 2009-2010 year! Last year was yet another amazing year for the Bruins...well that's what any other school in the country would say. For UCLA, it was a disappointing one as once again, women's water polo was the only team to break through and win a national title while softball, baseball, men's soccer and a few other teams had disappointing years. It's a new year though and hopefully, our boys and girls will pick it up and add to our mind boggling 104 national titles. A few teams are already underway so it's time to jump back in and just like last year, this report will appear every Monday. Again, I do this report so we can keep tabs on all our great teams and so we Bruin fans can keep track of when our teams are playing, then make plans to head to Westwood and cheer on these teams. They all deserve your support so try to make your way out to some non-revenue sports games this year.
This young team that has had to replace a number of its key pieces from last year's got off to a rough start. First came a 7-2 schalacking at the hands of top-ranked North Carolina, then came a 1-1 draw to #12 San Diego. The Bruins have turned it on since then, likely due to the experience this inexperienced squad has got playing together. Sydney Leroux, who scored both of UCLA's goals at North Carolina, scored two more in the Bruins' 4-0 win over Long Beach St., then one more to go along with a Lauren Cheney goal as the Bruins downed #11 Illinois, 2-1, in Champaign. Leroux notched her six goal on the young season in UCLA's 3-0 win over #6 Florida to improve the #9 Bruins' record to 3-1-1 as they come home to open their home account on Sunday when they host Gonzaga.
#9 UCLA is 5-1 on the young season, but dropped their only real test this year. The season opened in Hawaii at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, where the Bruins swept both Santa Clara and Western Michigan before being swept at the hands of now #4 Hawaii. The Bruins then went to Las Vegas for the Alexis Park Classic where they swept UNLV, Loyola Marymount and Idaho for the tournament title. This week UCLA will stay on the road when they head to Lincoln, Nebraska to play BYU, Virginia and #6 Nebraska.
The #19 Bruins, looking to bounce back from a disappointing season, got off to a great start when they went to #1 and defending champion Maryland and defeated the Terps 2-0 in front of nearly 7,000 fans. Just two days later though, the Bruins went to Georgetown and fell by the same score to a team not much is expected of. N was at the game and provided his thoughts on the program already. The Bruins will look to get back on the right side on Thursday when UC Davis visits Drake Stadium to open the home schedule.
Men's and Women's Cross Country
At the BYU Autumn Classic, the #27 men finished in second place behind #16 BYU. Alex Crabill finished fifth overall and was the Bruins, top runner with a time of 20:00. Meanwhile, the women finished third overall thanks to Shannon Murakami's dominating overall win. Both teams are off until September 26 when they head to New Mexico.
Men's Water Polo
With Coach Krikorian taking charge of Team USA, #3 UCLA opens the Adam Wright era with five matches in the opening week. Playing in the Princeton Invitational, the Bruins will open up their season on Friday with a match against #11 Princeton that will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 3:00 pm PDT. The Bruins will then finish out their opening week with matches against #17 Brown, Iona, Johns Hopkins and #18 Bucknell.
Calendar (all time pacific)
Thursday, September 10
Women's Volleyball vs. BYU, 2:30 pm- Lincoln, NE
Men's Soccer vs. UC Davis, 7:00 pm- Drake Stadium
Friday, September 11
Women's Volleyball vs. Virginia, 2:30 pm- Lincoln, NE
Men's Water Polo vs. Princeton, 3:00 pm- Princeton, NJ: TV: ESPNU
Saturday, September 12
Men's Water Polo vs. Brown, 9:15 am- Princeton, NJ
Men's Water Polo vs. Iona, 4:45 pm- Princeton, NJ
Sunday, September 13
Men's Water Polo vs. Johns Hopkins, 7:30 am- Princeton, NJ
Women's Volleyball vs. Nebraska, 12:00 pm- Lincoln, NE
Men's Water Polo vs. Bucknell, 12:30 pm- Princeton, NJ
Women's Water Polo vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 pm- Drake Stadium