Current Bruins and Alumnae Lead Team USA to Kirishi Cup Crown

May 24, 2004

KIRISHI, RUSSIA - The United States women's water polo team defeated Russia 7-5 to win the Kirishi Cup on May 20, 2004. Natalie Golda who redshirted the 2004 season scored two goals, including a penalty shot that gave USA a 5-2 lead. Thalia Munro, who redshirted the 2003 and 2004 season scored one goal. Nicolle Payne, UCLA's career leader in saves and goals against average had eight saves for Team USA. The Kirishi Cup was Team USA's first international competition of 2004, the official Olympic roster will be announced, Wednesday, June 2.

Team USA got off to a quick start, getting a score from the outside by sharpshooter Ericka Lorenz just 20 seconds into the first quarter. Ellen Estes earned a penalty in the hole later in the quarter to set up a penalty goal by Brenda Villa. Villa scored again as time expired in the first, putting back a Kelly Rulon shot after it was knocked down by Russian goalkeeper Valentina Vorontsova.

The U.S. led 3-2 heading into the second quarter, but the offensive tempo slowed to a crawl with both teams locking down on defense. Thalia Munro's goal with 44 seconds to go before the half gave the U.S. a 4-2 lead at the break.

A penalty goal by Natalie Golda - which was set up by Estes' second drawn four-meter call - gave the U.S. a 5-2 lead. Russia chipped away in the third, outscoring the U.S. 2-1 in the frame to cut the deficit to 5-4.

The U.S. survived a barrage of ejections in the final quarter, making some good defensive stops to keep Russia at bay.

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EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. Hawai'i
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 13 - 8
Saturday, Jan 23
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 8 - 5
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Long Beach State
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 4
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Michigan
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 7
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. USA Scrimmage
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 13
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
W, 17 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Loyola Marymount
San Diego, CA
W, 14 - 7
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:10 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 10:50 AM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday, Mar 05 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 7:40 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:40 PM PST
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 20 - 1:00 PM PST
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 5:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 12:15 PM PST
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 1:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 29 - All Day PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, May 13 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Los Angeles, CA
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