Sept. 27, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. -
The eyes of the collegiate water polo world will be fixed upon Stanford's Avery Stadium this Saturday afternoon as the fourth-ranked Cardinal battle the third-ranked UCLA Bruins in a 4:30 p.m. clash. Stanford (4-2) is coming off of its best offensive performance of the year with a 20-11 win over No. 15 Pacific last weekend, and will be itching to avenge its 13-9 loss to the Bruins (8-1) two weeks ago in the third-place game of the NorCal Open in Berkeley.
Sophomore Drac Wigo scored five goals in last week's victory to bring his season tally to 12, tied with brother Janson Wigo for second on the squad. Will Hindle-Katel leads the Cardinal with 13 goals, while Sage Wright, with 10 goals, is the fourth player on the team to have reached double-digits in goals.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the pool, senior goalie Sandy Hohener has been sturdy in the cage, highlighted by a 15-save performance in three periods of play against Pacific. Hohener's effort helped propel him to second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 9.67 saves per game.
UCLA is led by Scott Davidson's 15 goals on the year, while goalie Clay Lapin stars in the cage for the Bruins, whose only loss on the year came in a 10-6 decision to No. 2 Cal on Sept. 15.
Cardinal Catalogue - Hindle-Katel, Janson Wigo, and Sage Wright were the other three Cardinal players, along with Drac Wigo, to score hat tricks last Saturday ... freshman goalie Brian Pingree played the fourth period against Pacific, making one save ... six Cardinal players each scored one goal on Saturday ... dating back to the beginning of the 2006 season, UCLA has won five straight against the Cardinal ... Stanford leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 72-60 margin.