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Fall 2016 Happenings


Published Oct 1, 2016 8:00 AM

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Football: UCLA vs. Stanford

A year ago, the biggest task facing Head Coach Jim Mora was figuring out who would replace Brett Hundley at quarterback. Fast-forward 12 months, and the field has flipped — the one thing Mora knows for sure this time around is that sophomore Josh Rosen will play the position and lead the offense after a stellar freshman season. But the offense he leads will be brand-new. Kennedy Polamalu is the new offensive coordinator, with plans to run more of a power running game than the Bruins have used in the past few seasons. Soso Jamabo, Nate Starks and Bolu Olorunfunmi team up to replace NFL-bound Paul Perkins as the primary ball carriers, while true freshman Theo Howard is in the mix to replace Jordan Payton as Rosen’s prime target. On defense, five-star freshman Mique Juarez will compete to take Myles Jack’s snaps. The Bruins haven’t defeated Stanford in their last eight tries, so this early season match-up could set the tone for the rest of the season.

SEPT. 24 / SAT / TIME TBA. Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women's Soccer: UCLA vs. Cal

The Bruins return a strong senior class, led by team co-captains Annie Alvarado, Darian Jenkins, Gabbi Miranda and Courtney Proctor. Also returning are former U.S. Youth National Team players Amber Munerlyn and Lauren Kaskie. UCLA also has the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, with Top Drawer Soccer Top 10 players Mal Pugh (No. 1), Marley Canales (No. 2) and Jessie Fleming (No. 10). Pugh has been starting with the U.S. Women’s National Team and was on the roster that went to Rio for the Olympics, Canales is with the U.S. Under-20 National Team, and Fleming was named to Canada’s Olympic team.

OCT. 6 / THURS / 7 P.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Women's Volleyball: UCLA vs. Stanford

The Bruins’ 2015 season (25-8) ended with a four-set loss to third-ranked Texas in the regional finals. No doubt, Head Coach Michael Sealy has designs on improving on that mark and the team’s #12 finish in the national rankings. To do that, he’ll rely on a trio of returning All-Americans: senior Taylor Formico, who was named Third Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (and who was also named the Pac-12 Conference Libero of the Year), and seniors Jordan Anderson and Claire Felix, who received Honorable Mention All-American accolades.

OCT. 21 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men's Soccer: UCLA vs. Stanford

UCLA men’s soccer Head Coach Jorge Salcedo says that the Bruins’ 2016 schedule “is as challenging as it is exciting.” No game on the schedule looks to be as exciting as the midseason match against Stanford, the defending national champions. The Bruins bring back a strong group of players, including Seyi Adekoya, Abu Danladi, Jackson Yueill and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jose Hernandez, each of whom scored 20 or more points last season and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors. Defensively, team captain Michael Amick (center back) and Chase Gasper (left back) are returning, along with goaltender Juan Cervantes, who led the team with 16 starts and a 1.22 GAA.

OCT. 23 / SUN / 5 P.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men's Basketball: UCLA vs. Michigan

Most of last year’s roster returns, including senior point guard Bryce Alford and junior center Thomas Welsh. But even with a cache of veterans to lean on, all eyes will be on Head Coach Steve Alford’s freshman class. Ike Anigbogu, a 6-10 center/forward, was rated the No. 17 player in the nation by, and 6-10 forward T.J. Leaf was rated No. 16 by Rivals. Yet the real prize is 6-6 guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills, MaxPreps’ National Player of the Year. How far the Bruins go this season depends in large part on how well the rookies mesh with the returning vets — if they come together, the potential for a deep tournament run is in play.

DEC. 10 / SAT / TBA. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $35-$279. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: