No. 2 Bruins Earn Victory over No. 1 USC in MPSF Third Place Match

April 30, 2006

Irvine, Calif. - The second-ranked UCLA women's water polo team defeated the top-ranked USC Trojans, 10-7 in the third place match of the MPSF Tournament at UC Irvine. The Bruins' record climbs to 26-4, 11-1 in the MPSF conference. This is UCLA's first victory over USC on the season.

In the championship game, Stanford defeated Hawaii, 6-3. California beat Arizona State, 7-6, to take 5th place. San Diego State beat UC Irvine, 5-4 for 7th place in the conference tournament.

USC took an early two goal lead in the game, but UCLA made it 2-1 on a 6-on-5 score by Thalia Munro, her first of two goals in the game. UCLA Emily Feher stopped a 4-meter penalty shot attempt by Brittany Hayes with a tip that pushed the ball off the crossbar. UCLA's offense came to life in the second, with three scores to tie it up at halftime. The Bruins came back and tied the match by half time at 4-4.

UCLA outscored USC 4-1 in the third quarter after two goals from Molly Cahill and two successful 6-on-5 opportunities by the Bruins. In the final period, Cardenas put away her third goal of the game with a 4-meter penalty shot that made it 8-6, but back-to-back goals from UCLA built a 10-6 lead for the Bruins with 1:45 left to play. USC added another goal and finished the game with a 10-7 victory.

UCLA now awaits an at large bid in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The selections for the eight-team tournament at UC Davis will be made on May 1.

UCLA vs. USC

1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 1 3 4 2 10
USC 3 1 1 2 7

UCLA Goals: Thalia Munro 2, Kelly Rulon 2, Molly Cahill 2, Kacy Kunkel, Tanya Gandy, Courtney Mathewson, Brittany Rowe
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 7
USC Goals: Patty Cardenas 3, Moriah Van Norman 2, Anna Pardo, Lauren Wenger.
USC Saves: Whitney Morgan 6


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. Hawai'i
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 13 - 8
Saturday, Jan 23
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 8 - 5
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Long Beach State
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 4
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Michigan
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 7
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. USA Scrimmage
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 13
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
W, 17 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Loyola Marymount
San Diego, CA
W, 14 - 7
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:10 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 10:50 AM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday, Mar 05 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 7:40 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:40 PM PST
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 20 - 1:00 PM PST
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 5:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 12:15 PM PST
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 1:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 29 - All Day PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, May 13 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Los Angeles, CA
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