April 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 4 UCLA women's water polo cruised to a 22-5 victory over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. Three different players scored a hat trick for UCLA and 11 different Bruins scored against the Sagehens.
The non-conference victory improved UCLA's overall record to 24-4 while Pomona-Pitzer dropped to 11-16.
The Bruins scored the first three goals of the game, getting full strength goals by sophomore Gisselle Naranjo (5:18) and freshman Rachel Fattal (3:37). Brenda Iglesias scored a power play goal at the 3:07 mark of the first period to make it 3-1. UCLA freshman Alys Williams scored on a counter attack (2:10) and Donohoe converted a penalty shot (0:56) to end the first quarter scoring at 5-1.
The Bruins dominated the second period, holding Pomona-Pitzer scoreless while erupting for eight goals by seven different players. The Bruins took a 13-1 lead into the break with full strength goals by Donohoe (7:00), sophomore Alexa Tielmann (3:35), freshman Maddy McLaren (1:26) and freshman Kodi Hill (1:00). Fattal scored her second goal of the game on a 6-on-5 opportunity at the 5:28 mark of the second period.
UCLA then got back-to-back goals from freshman India Forster (7:40 and 6:11) to score its 12th-straight unanswered goal to build its lead to 15-1 in the third period. Mahalia Prater-Fahey scored for the Sagehens with 5:52 to go in the third period to make it 15-2. But UCLA would answer with two more goals to go up 17-2. The first goal completed a hat trick for Ferraro (5:26) and the second was also the second for Tielmann (3:16). Then after an exclusion goal by Alyssa Woodward (2:53), freshman Charlotte Pratt scored her first of the game for UCLA to end the third period scoring (1:08) with the Bruins leading 18-3.
Ferraro completed her hat trick to open the fourth period with a goal with 6:17 remaining. Hill scored her second for the Bruins to make it 20-3 with 4:58 to go. Prater-Fahey scored her second of the game for Pomona-Pitzer (4:39) to make it 20-4. Junior Victoria Kent decided to get in on the scoring and put the Bruins up 21-4 with 3:08 left in the final stanza. Pratt then scored her second of the game (career-high) to put UCLA up 22-4 with 2:32 to go. Sarah Westcott scored the last goal of the game on a power play with 1:38 remaining to end the scoring at 22-5.
Redshirt sophomore Sami Hill played the first period and the first seven minutes of the second in goal for UCLA and recorded six saves. Freshman Alex Musselman was in the cage in the second half and the final minute of the first half for the Bruins and was credited with six stops as well. Sarah Tuggy started in goal and played the entire contest for Pomona-Pitzer, making seven saves.
The Bruins return to action next weekend when they close the regular season at home against No. 1 USC. The Bruins host the Trojans on April 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center.
Pomona-Pitzer at No. 4 UCLA
Pomona-Pitzer Goals: Mahalia Prater-Fahey 2, Brenda Iglesias, Alyssa Woodward, Sarah Westcott
Pomona-Pitzer Saves: Sarah Tuggy 7