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Bears can’t handle top-ranked UCLA

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday October 16, 2000

Led by three goals apiece from Brian Brown and Adam Wright, and 12 blocks by goalie Brandon Brooks, No. 1 ranked UCLA defeated No. 4 Cal, 11-5, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.  

The Bears fell to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the MPSF, while the Bruins improved to 9-2 and 5-0 in MPSF play.  

UCLA pretty much dominated from the beginning of the match, jumping out to a 3-1 lead after the first period on goals by Brown, Dave Parker and Andrew Bailey. Senior two-meter man Jerry Smith gave Cal its first period goal with 2:39 left.  

The Bears scored the first goal in the second period to get within 4-2 on another shot by Smith, this time from an assist by Joe Kaiser. However, UCLA went on to outscore Cal 4-1 the rest of the second period, including goalie Brooks blocking a four-meter penalty shot attempt by Smith. 

Both teams scored two goals in the third period, but the Bruins sealed the match in the fourth quarter on goals by Wright and Olympian Sean Kern.