March 9, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - Emily Donohoe had a hat trick before halftime and finished with five goals as the No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team defeated No. 5 California, 10-7, at Spieker Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins improved to 17-3 overall and 1-1 in the MPSF, while California dropped to 12-4, 0-2 in the conference.
After finishing the first quarter tied at 1-1, the Golden Bears jumped ahead in the second quarter only to see the Bruins answer back each time. California grabbed its first lead with 7:11 to play in the second quarter on a Tiera Schroeder goal, but Danielle Ferraro evened the score on an exclusion goal a minute later. Cal jumped ahead 3-2 at 4:15 on a Dana Ochsner goal, but Donohoe came right back with a penalty goal to tie. An exclusion goal by Breda Vosters put the Bears ahead 4-3 with 3:09 to play in the half, but it would turn out to be their last lead of the game. UCLA took just nine seconds to score the tying goal, Donohoe's third of the contest, and Ferraro capitalized on a power play with 2:14 remaining in the half to give UCLA a 5-4 lead at the half.
Both teams held strong defensively in the first four minutes of the third quarter until California's Ashley Young tied it up at 5-5 at 3:57. But Donohoe at 3:22 and Rachel Fattal at 2:18 each scored exclusion goals to grab a two-goal advantage for the Bruins. Csikos put in a last-second shot with three seconds to play in the quarter to make it a one-goal game, but the Bruins gave themselves some breathing room and momentum with a pair of spectacular goals early in the fourth quarter. Gisselle Naranjo, who was in early foul trouble, lobbed a shot from a sharp angle into the back of the net just 31 seconds into the quarter to give UCLA an 8-6 advantage, and Donohoe fired a tough shot under heavy pressure past Cal goalkeeper Savanna Smith to give UCLA its biggest lead at 9-6.
Cal cut UCLA's lead to two, 9-7, with 3:57 to play, but again the Bruins answered right back, scoring a big insurance goal just 20 seconds later by freshman India Forster, a backhand shot to the far post. The Bears had an opportunity to get to within two with 2:35 left in the contest, but Csikos hit the post on a penalty shot. Pippa Saunders also had a shot hit wood at 1:50 on a power play, and the rebound shot by Vosters went high.
UCLA goalkeeper Sami Hill finished with four saves. Smith also had four saves for the Bears.
The Bruins host No. 7 San Diego State on Sunday, Mar. 10 at Spieker Aquatics Center at Noon.
No. 5 California at No. 4 UCLA
California Goals: Emily Csikos (2), Breda Vosters (2), Dana Ochsner, Tiera Schroeder, Ashley Young
UC Irvine Saves: Savanna Smith - 4
UCLA Goals: Rachel Fattal, Gisselle Naranjo
UCLA Saves: Sami Hill - 4