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Women's Water Polo Hosts No. 3 USC and No. 9 Hawaii
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/18/2003

Feb. 18, 2003

The Bruins continued their early season success with an 18-1 victory over UC Irvine in their MPSF opener. The No. 2 Bruins 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MPSF, host No. 3 USC on Friday and No. 9 Hawaii on Saturday at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

At UC Irvine Recap, February 12, 2003

UCLA's victory over UC Irvine found the Bruins jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. After outscoring the Anteaters 6-1 in the opening quarter, the Bruins would dominate the game the rest of the way, holding the Anteaters scoreless for the rest of the game while scoring twelve goals.

The Bruins scoring effort was a balanced affair, with nine Bruins finding the back of the net. Natalie Golda, Jessica Lopez and Maureen Flanagan each scored three times while freshmen Kelly Rulon, Katherine Belden and Katie Flanagan all found the back of the net twice. Rounding out the scoring were Kristyn Pulver, Kristina Kunkel and Ashley Stachowski who all scored once.

UCLA was once more outstanding on defense with goalies Jaime Hipp and Tahlia Kerr combining to hold the Anteaters to one goal.

Stanford Invitational Recap, February 8-9, 2003

UCLA opened up the 2003 season at the 3rd Annual Stanford tournament with wins over No. 10 Hawaii, No. 3 USC and UC Santa Cruz. In a rematch of the 2002 NCAA Championship game the Bruins fell to No. 1 Stanford 4-3.

Please note a correction to 2/10/03 Release: Freshman Tahlia Kerr was in goal of the Bruins in the team's 19-0 victory over UC Santa Cruz, not Jaime Hipp.

Hipp's corrected season statistics are: Saves, 27; Goals Allowed, 12 and Goals Against Average, 3.20.

A Bruin Milestone: Senior Robin Beauregard's goal against USC was the 100th of her career for the Bruins

About the Opponents: USC and Hawaii

The Bruins faced off against both USC and Hawaii in the Stanford Invitational, defeating both teams 7-3 and 8-4 respectively.

The Bruins have defeated their crosstown rivals six times in a row and have an all time record of 21-7 vs. the Women of Troy. Against Hawaii the Bruins have been perfect holding a 14-0 record vs. the Rainbow Wahine.

Bruin Defense

Through the first five games of the season the Bruins defense and goalkeeping has been outstanding. Led by center defender and captain Robin Beauregard the Bruins have not allowed more than four goals in a game and have shut the opposition out in at least one-quarter in all five games. On the season Bruin opponents have been unable to score a goal in a quarter ten different times.

In four games starting goalkeeper Jaime Hipp has twenty-seven saves, allowed twelve goals and has a goals against average of 3.20. Freshman Tahlia Kerr has been equally impressive recording a shutout and eleven saves in the Bruins 19-0 victory over UC Santa Cruz. It was the first time in the Bruin's history that a freshman goalkeeper in her first collegiate start has recorded a shutout.

The Bruin have allowed a total twelve goals on the season with a goals against average of 2.40.

Immediate Impact

A key to the Bruin's early season success has been the play of the team's seven freshmen. Starting with the Bruin's 7-3 victory over Hawaii in which Kristina Kunkel scored two goals, the freshmen have made significant contributions in each successive game. Kelly Rulon currently is tied for the team lead with seven goals with Kunkel and Katherine Belden each scoring five goals. Katie Flanagan and redshirt freshman Paloma Slezak have scored three goals. Though center defender Lauren Heineck has yet to find the back of the net, she has been impressive on defense, helping the Bruins shut down the opposition and starting for the Bruins in their victory against UC Irvine. In five quarters of play freshman Tahlia Kerr has yet to allow a goal.


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