No. 1 Bruins Return Home to Face U.S. National Team in an Exhibition Game

April 8, 2003

The UCLA women's water polo team continued its winning ways this past weekend with MPSF victories at No. 5 California and the University of Pacific on Saturday and Sunday. With the wins, the Bruins are now 18-3 overall and 7-2 in the MPSF.

This coming weekend the Bruins return home to face the U.S. National Team in an exhibition game on Saturday April 12, at 1:00 PM. UCLA will then close out the regular season with a home game against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday April, 19 at 1:00 PM.

United States National Team

Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the world concludes its series of games against top-ranked collegiate teams this Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 against the Bruins. This game will mark a homecoming for a number of current and former Bruins. Current Bruins Thalia Munro and Amber Stachowski who are redshirting the 2003 season to train with the National Team will be returning to Westwood to face their Bruin teammates. Senior Robin Beauregard who is also a member of Team USA will be wearing UCLA Blue and Gold on Saturday. Former Bruins making a return to Westwood are Catharine Von Schwarz, and Nicolle Payne.

At Pacific, April 6, 2003

The Bruins built a 5-1 lead in the first period and proceeded to outscore the Tigers 4-0 in the second period to make it 9-1 UCLA at half. In the third and fourth periods the Bruins would outscore the Tigers 9-2 to cruise to the 18-3 victory.

Junior Natalie Golda and freshman Katherine Belden led all Bruins scorers with three goals each. Sophomore Kristyn Pulver and freshman Kristina Kunkel both found the back of the net twice. Senior's Maureen Flanagan, Robin Beauregard, Devon McIntyre, Ashley Stachowski, sophomore Jody Schmidt and freshmen Katie Flanagan and Lauren Heineck all scored once. Goalkeepers Jaime Hipp and Tahlia Kerr both saw playing time in the net with both goalies recording three saves each.

At No. 5 California, April 5, 2003

After falling behind 1-0 early in the first period, the Bruins responded with six unanswered goals against No. 5 California to defeat the Golden Bears 6-1. The UCLA scoring effort began with senior Jessica Lopez's first period goal, which came 29 seconds after Cal's score. The second period would be a defensive battle with junior Natalie Golda scoring the only goal of the period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead at half. In the third period, the Bruins came alive, with goals by Golda, freshman Kristina Kunkel and sophomore Kristyn Pulver giving UCLA the 6-1 lead going into the fourth. In the final period, neither team was able to find the back of the net, with Bruin goalie Jaime Hipp recording three of her six saves to give UCLA the 6-1 victory.

Bruin Notes

The Bruins and goalkeeper Jaime Hipp continued their impressive string of defensive performances this past weekend. On the year the Bruins have allowed a total of 63 goals and have allowed an average of three goals a game.

Goalkeeper Jaime Hipp has been outstanding in the net, recording 144 saves with a goals against average of 3.29.

In her role as a back up goalkeeper, Tahlia Kerr has also been impressive, recording 33 saves with a goals against average of 1.75.

With the 18-3 victory over Pacific, the Bruins have now reached double digits in goals scored in a game eleven times.

UCLA has scored a total of 210 goals on the year, averaging 10 goals a game.

Junior Natalie Golda currently leads the Bruins with 41 goals on the year, followed by freshman Kelly Rulon's 18 goals.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
W, 23 - 2
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
W, 25 - 3
Saturday, Apr 09
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 8
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 16 - 6
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 8 (3OT)
Friday, Apr 29
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 10 - 3
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4