April 5, 2004
The UCLA Women's Water Polo team looks to extend its seven game winning streak with three games this week. On Wednesday the Bruins will be at No. 7 Loyola Marymount in a rematch of last year's NCAA semifinal game and on Thursday and Saturday will travel to UC Irvine and No. 4 Long Beach State for two MPSF games. Last week the Bruins swept a pair of conference foes at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. On Saturday April 3 UCLA downed No. 5 San Diego State 8-5 and on Sunday defeated No. 17 Arizona State 13-5. UCLA is now 16-3 overall and 6-1 in the MPSF.
WEEKLY RECAP: VS. NO. 5 SAN DIEGO STATE, APRIL 3, 2004: LOS ANGELES, Calf. - Kristina Kunkel kicked things off for the Bruins, scoring the first goal of the game with 24.8 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Bruins ended the second quarter with a 5-2 lead over the Aztecs. Bruins Katherine Belden, Molly Cahill, Paloma Slezak and Brittney Bowlus each netted a goal before the half. For the Aztecs, Savanah Kelley and Holly Hartzell each netted a goal, bringing San Diego State within three goals of the Bruins. After the half, Cahill scored her second goal of the game with 5:33 to go in the third quarter. Hartzell scored her second goal of the game 10 seconds after Cahill, bringing the Aztecs back within three of the Bruin. But, Lauren Heineck notched a goal with 1:10 to go in the quarter, giving the Bruins a 7-3 lead. In the final quarter, Jenna Murphy scored a goal with 5:50 to go in the game. Following Murphy's score, Aztecs Dominique Delgado and Chelsy Smith each netted a goal. However, the Bruins held on for the 8-5 victory.
WEEKLY RECAP: VS. NO. 17 ARIZONA STATE, APRIL 4, 2004: LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Leading the Bruins was sophomore Katherine Belden. She had four goals, one per quarter, on the day. Freshman Kacy Kunkel had a hat trick, with two of her three goals coming in the third quarter. Freshman Brittney Bowlus and sophomore Kristina Kunkel each scored a pair of goals. And, Molly Cahill and Lauren Heineck each netted a goal in the Bruins' victory. Freshman goalie Emily Feher had four saves on the day.
UP NEXT: NO. 7 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, UC IRVINE, NO. 4 LONG BEACH STATE: This will be the first time the Bruins face Loyola Marymount this season. UCLA is 7-0 against LMU this season and defeated the Lions 8-2 in the NCAA semifinals. UCLA will also be facing UC Irvine for the first time this season and is 6-0 all time against the Anteaters. The Bruins have already faced Long Beach State once this season, downing LBSU 9-7 in the third place game of the Gaucho Invitational Tournament.
BRUIN QUICK FACTS: Kristina Kunkel leads the Bruins with 32 goals followed by Katherine Belden's 28 goals. This season Kunkel has scored six goals in a game, Brittney Bowlus five and Katherine Belden four. Freshman Emily Feher has recorded 112 saves with a goals against average of 5.13 UCLA has been dominant in the second and third quarters outscoring opponents 84-36