Feb. 2, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team improved to 9-0 on the year with a 12-7 victory over No. 11 Hawai'i in the first game of the Stanford Invitational on Saturday morning. Freshmen Rachel Fattal and Alys Williams each scored three goals to lead the Bruins in scoring.
In the win over the Rainbow Wahine (2-1), UCLA had seven different players score goals, three of them freshmen. Sophomore attacker India Forster also scored a goal against Hawai'i. Rounding out the UCLA scoring with one goal apiece was sophomore Danielle Ferraro, junior utility Becca Dorst and sophomore attacker Erica Beebe.
Williams got the Bruins on the board first at the 3:28 mark of the first period. Monika Eggens tied it at 1-1 with 2:04 left. The Bruins ended the first period scoring to take a 2-1 lead on a penalty shot by Fattal (1:34).
Dorst pushed the Bruins' lead to 3-1 with a goal at the 5:38 mark of the second quarter. Donohoe then scored a power play goal to extend the lead to 4-1 (5:21). Eggens scored her second for Hawai'i on a penalty shot with 4:19 left to make it 4-2. Fattal answered with her second goal, also a penalty shot, to push the lead back to three with 2:26 left in the second period. The Rainbow Wahine then scored back-to-back goals to cut the Bruins' lead to 5-4. Eggens completed her hat trick at 2:14 and then Mackenzie Edwards scored another full strength goal at 1:19. The Bruins ended the second period scoring on a penalty shot by Donohoe (second goal of the game) with seven seconds left, to give UCLA a 6-4 halftime advantage.
The Bruins opened the third period with back-to-back goals to push the lead to 8-4 and never looked back. Fattal completed her hat trick at 6:53 and then Williams scored her second with 3:49 left in the third period. Amarens Genee scored the final goal of the period on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 52 seconds left to cut the lead to 8-5.
Paula Chillida Esforzado gave Hawai'i some hope for a comeback when she opened the fourth quarter with a goal at the 6:41 mark to make it 8-6. But UCLA scored four unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. Forster got the spurt going with a goal at full strength with 5:13 to go. Then Ferraro made it 10-6 with 3:38 left and Williams completed her hat trick with 2:04 remaining to make it 11-6. Beebe ended the scoring for UCLA to make it 12-6 with an exclusion goal with 21 seconds left. But Hawai'i ended the game with a power play goal with one second left by Caity Lopes da Silva to make the final 12-7.
Redshirt sophomore Sami Hill played all four periods, registering seven saves. Clair Babinski was credited with three saves for Hawai'i.
The Bruins return to action this evening when they face No. 4 California at 6:30 p.m. at Stanford's Avery Pool.
No. 11 Hawai'i vs. No. 3 UCLA (Stanford Invitational)
Hawai'i Goals: Monika Eggers 3, Mackenzie Edwards, Amarens Genee, Paula Chillida Esforzado, Caity Lopes da Silva
Hawai'i Saves: Clair Babinski 3