Feb. 25, 2004
The UCLA Women's Water Polo team opened MPSF this past weekend at Santa Barbara with a 5-2 victory over No. 11 UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MPSF. This weekend UCLA will travel back to Santa Barbara to participate in the Gaucho Invitational Tournament. The Bruins are seeded second in the 16 team field and will begin bracket play on Saturday, February 28th at 9:00 AM against Pacific.
Up Next: @ Gaucho Invitational Tournament, February 28-29, 2004
Joining UCLA in Bracket B will be Hawaii, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific. The Bruins will face Pacific in their first game of the tournament. If the Bruins defeat Pacific they will face the winner of the Hawaii-UCSB game. UCLA has faced both Hawaii and UCSB once this year beating each team 6-2 and 5-2 respectively.
Bracket A: Bracket B: Bracket C: Bracket D
1. USC: 1. UCLA: 1. Stanford: 1. Long Beach State
2. LMU: 2. Hawaii: 2. Cal: 2. San Diego State:
3. Michigan: 3. UCSB: 3. San Jose State: 3. UC Davis
4. SB "B" : 4. Pacific: 4. UCSD: 4. UCI
Weekly Recap: @ UC Santa Barbara, February 22, 2004
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The No. 2 UCLA Women's Water Polo Team defeated No. 11 UC Santa Barbara 5-2 to improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MPSF. The Bruins held the Gauchos scoreless through three periods and were led in scoring by sophomore Kristina Kunkel who found the back of the net two times. The first and second periods were defensive affairs as the Bruins were held to only one goal in each period. However, it would be enough as UCLA held the Gauchos scoreless to take the 2-0 lead after one half of play. In the third period UCLA's offense would come alive, as the Bruins would score three times and again hold the Gauchos scoreless to take a 5-0 lead going into the final period. Though the Gauchos would score twice in the fourth period to cut the deficit to 5-2 it would not be enough and UCLA would come away with the 5-2 victory. Kristina Kunkel led all Bruin scorers with two goals and Jenna Murphy, Katie Flanagan and Molly Cahill each scored once.
Bruin Quick Facts
UCLA has scored a total of 34 goals on the year while holding their opponents to 22 goals scored. In four out of five games the Bruins have held their opponents to five goals or less. Against Santa Clara on February 8 and UC Santa Barbara on February 22 the Bruins did not allow a goal to be scored until the final period. UCLA won both games by a combined score of 18-3. UCLA has been outstanding in the third period outscoring their opponents 11-4. Sophomore co-captain Kristina Kunkel has scored at least one goal in four of the Bruin's five games. Kunkel is also second on the Bruins with six goals. Freshman Molly Cahill leads the Bruins with eight goals.