March 30, 2005
The consensus across the nation is that UCLA is the top team in the country, holding first place in the MPSF standings and a No. 1 overall ranking. UCLA has dominated its opponents, having one of the highest scoring and lowest goals allowed averages per game. This season they are averaging 12.3 goals per game compared to 7.59 last year. In the first quarter, when Coach Krikorian plays his best players, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 75-15. They are 20-0 and 5-0 in the MPSF. This past week the Bruins were off, but they resume play on Thursday against No. 11 UC Irvine. On Saturday, the Bruins begin a five-game streak of road games in Tempe, Arizona against No. 18 Arizona State.
Up Next: UC Irvine - March 31, 2005 1:00 PM
This Thursday at 1:00 PM, the Bruins will face the No. 11 UC Irvine Anteaters in an MPSF matchup. UCI is now 11-9 on the season, 4-5 in the MPSF. UCLA is 7-0 all time against the Anteaters.
Later This Week Arizona State - April 2, 2005 12:00 PM
On Saturday at 12:00 PM, UCLA has a road matchup with No. 18 Arizona State. ASU is 5-11 on the season and 1-4 in the MPSF. This is Arizona State's second year in the MPSF. UCLA played them last season and won 13-5.
UCLA In The Polls
UCLA remains the top ranked team in the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Poll released March 23, 2005.
National Collegiate Women's Top 20 Poll (Top 5 Shown), March 23
Rank, School Points Last Week 1. UCLA 100 1 2. USC 95 2 3T. Long Beach State 89 3 3T. Stanford 89 4 5. Hawaii 80 5
Recap: Loyola Marymount - March 17, 2005
Two weeks ago, UCLA defeated No. 7 Loyola Marymount, 12-5. The Bruins dominated the first three quarters of this matchup. The game started with an LMU goal by Katie Hicks, but UCLA quickly responded. The Bruins went on to score 11 goals in a row. UCLA was unstoppable with its relentless offense and tough defense, and once again defeated another top 10 opponent.
Thalia Munro was the leading scorer for the Bruins with four gaols. Kelly Rulon added three. Freshmen Gabrielle Domanic and Jillian Kraus each had two. Kacy Kunkel scored once. Goalkeeper Emily Feher had 10 saves and Kathryn Krumpholz had two in the fourth quarter.
- The Bruins are averaging 12.3 goals per game while only giving up 4.2.
- UCLA has outscored its opponents 75-11 in the first quarter.
- The last time the Bruins were 20-0 was in the 1996 championship season.
- The 22-0 score in this year's Colorado State match is the second highest margin of victory in UCLA women's water polo history.
- Sophomore Kelly Rulon leads Bruin scorers with 37 goals, closely followed by junior Thalia Munro with 35.