Feb. 2, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team improved to 10-0 on the year with a 7-4 victory over No. 4 California at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday evening. Sophomore attacker Emily Donohoe led the Bruins with three goals.
In the win over the Golden Bears (3-1), UCLA had four different players score goals. In addition to Donohoe's hat trick, the Bruins got two goals from freshman attacker Rachel Fattal. Rounding out the UCLA scoring with one goal apiece was freshman defender Alys Williams and senior attacker Gisselle Naranjo.
In a defensive-minded first quarter, the Bruins' Fattal scored the only goal at the 5:52 mark. UCLA also stopped two California power plays to hold the Golden Bears scoreless in the first eight minutes.
Williams put the Bruins up 2-0 with a goal 4:50 left in the second period. Ashley Young scored the first goal for Cal with 3:37 to go to make it 2-1. But Donohoe scored her first goal on a power play as time expired to hand UCLA a 3-1 lead at halftime.
The Bruins opened the third period with back-to-back goals to push the lead to 5-1 and never looked back. Naranjo scored a goal at full strength (7:29) and Donohoe scored her second with an extra man opportunity (5:14). Kelly McKee scored an exclusion goal at the buzzer for California to cut the lead to 5-2 at the end of three periods.
Fattal opened the scoring in the fourth period to give UCLA a 6-2 lead with 6:37 remaining. Emily Csikos scored on a penalty shot to trim the lead to 6-3 with 4:03 left. Dana Ochsner then scored a goal at two-meters for the Golden Bears to pull them to within two goals at the 2:18 mark. But Donohoe completed her hat trick with 1:34 to go to end the scoring at 7-4.
Redshirt sophomore Sami Hill played all four periods, registering eight saves. Savanna Smith was credited with seven saves for California.
The Bruins return to action on Sunday morning when they face No. 14 Indiana at 9:10 a.m. at Stanford's Avery Pool.
No. 4 California vs. No. 3 UCLA (Stanford Invitational)
California Goals: Ashley Young, Kelly McKee, Emily Csikos, Dana Ochsner
California Saves: Savanna Smith 7
UCLA Goals: Rachel Fattal 2, Alys Williams
UCLA Saves: Sami Hill 8