Feb. 28, 2001
This Week: The second-ranked UCLA women's water polo team (6-2 overall, 1-0 MPSF) has two conference games scheduled this week. On Saturday, March 3, the Bruins head to California (5-4) to battle the fourth-ranked Bears in an MPSF conference matchup beginning at noon. The following day, the Bruins travel to Stockton, where they will meet the No. 15 Pacific Tigers (2-7) for another conference game beginning at noon.
UCLA vs. Opponents: UCLA owns a perfect 8-0 record against Pacific. At the UC Santa Barbara Tournament this past weekend, the Tigers finished 14th with a 1-4 record, losing to UC San Diego in the 13th-place match. Last year Pacific closed out the season with a 9-27 overall record and placed 16th nationally.
The California Golden Bears are currently 5-4 on the season. The Bears went 2-2 and placed fourth at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament this past weekend, falling to USC in the third-place match. In the '00 season, California finished with a 28-7 overall mark and placed fourth nationally. UCLA has already defeated California twice this season and currently owns an 18-5 series advantage over the Bears.
Coming Up: Following UCLA's trip up north, the Bruins come home to host three MPSF conference games the weekend of March 9-11. On Friday, the Bruins are scheduled to play cross-town rival and third-ranked USC at 3 pm. On Saturday, the Bruins will match up against #6 Hawaii at noon. Long Beach State, currently ranked seventh in the country, comes to UCLA on Sunday at 3 pm to close out the homestand.
UCLA At The UCSB Tournament: UCLA finished second at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament this past weekend, falling to top-ranked Stanford, 10-7, in the championship game Sunday afternoon. The Bruins knocked off the California Golden Bears, 6-2, in the semifinals to advance to the title game. Earlier in the tournament, UCLA drowned UC Irvine, 16-3, and then went on to grab an easy 12-2 win over host #8 UC Santa Barbara.
Bruin Notes: Freshman Natalie Golda (La Habra, CA/Rosary HS) continues to have a hot hand for the Bruin squad. At the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, Golda scored five goals in a game for the second time this season and scored eight overall to help the Bruins finish second. Golda leads UCLA in goals scored this season with 16. Junior Kelly Heuchan (Perth, Australia/All Saints College/Univ. Of Western Australia) also hit the back of the net seven times this weekend for the Bruins. Heuchan scored in all four games of the tournament, including a hat trick against UC Santa Barbara, to move her season total to 10 goals.