Feb. 26, 2005
On the second day of the Gaucho Invitational, hosted by UC Santa Barbara, the UCLA women's water polo team defeated two top-10 ten NCAA teams. Hawaii gave the Bruins their biggest scare of the season. UCLA was able to pull off the victory over the No. 9 Hawaii Wahine though winning with a score of 6-5. UCLA defeated Hawaii earlier this week 13-8, but again in that game the team struggled on defense and lacked intensity. Later, the Bruins faced No. 4 Long Beach State and bounced back with a strong win over the 49ers, 7-3. UCLA's record is now 13-0, 2-0 in the MPSF.
Against Hawaii, the Bruins struggled to have the upperhand. In almost all of their games, UCLA has been ahead the whole time, but this match stayed close throughout. At the end of the third quarter, the game was tied, 5-5. It was only a game winning fourth quarter goal that gave UCLA the victory, 6-5. Natalie Golda and Gabrielle Domanic had two goals. Thalia Munro and Brittany Rowe scored one. Emily Feher had 11 saves.
The second game of the day matched the Bruins with Long Beach State. This game was less trouble for the team. The held a strong 4-2 lead at the half and, with three goals in the fourth quarter, endeded with a 7-3 victory. Golda and Munro had two goals. Domanic, Kelly Rulon, and Rowe each scored one. Feher had 12 saves.
UCLA will now face No. 2 USC in the Championship game of the invitational on Sunday. The Trojans defeated No. 3 Stanford and No. 8 UC Santa Barbara earlier in the day on Saturday. The Bruins have already defeated USC once this season, 8-6, at the Stanford Invitational. This game is likely to be very important in giving either team an upper hand leading to MPSF play. The Bruins will also face the defending champion Trojans on Saturday, March 5th, for a second consecutive game. There is the possiblity of these two teams playing three more times after the Gaucho Invitional, including at UCLA, the MPSF playoffs, and the National Championships.
UCLA vs. Hawaii 2/25/05
|Match No. 27 (Group J)||1||2||3||4||F|
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 11
Hawaii Goals: Iefke Van Belkum 3, Monika Kruszona, Stephanie Pottenger
Hawaii Saves: Meike De Nooy 7
UCLA vs. Long Beach State 2/25/05
|Match No. 41 (Group J)||1||2||3||4||F|
UCLA Goals: Natalie Golda 2, Thalia Munro 2, Gabrielle Domanic,
Kelly Rulon, Brittany Rowe
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 12
Long Beach St. Goals: Cassie Azevedo, Alison Braden, Tara Campbell
Long Beach St.Saves: Bri Hawkins 7