May 4, 2005
On Wednesday, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced the conference's individual awards as well as the All-MPSF and All-Tournament teams.
Co-Players of the Year
Senior Natalie Golda and sophomore Kelly Rulon were named Co-Players of the Year in the MPSF for their performance and leadership of UCLA in the team's 30-0 season. Natalie is one of UCLA's returning Olympians after taking a year off of collegiate water polo to compete in Athens where she scored two goals for the bronze medal winning U.S. team. Golda has 43 goals in 30 games this season as the third leading scorer for the Bruins. Rulon is another Olympic veteran who redshirted to play in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where she scored four goals including the game-winning goal against Hungary in the first game. She won the bronze medal with USA team. Rulon is the leading scorer for the Bruins this year with 64 goals.
Goalie of the Year
Emily Feher was honored with Goalie of the Year for her impressive season, helping UCLA give up the fewest goals allowed per game of any team in the country. Feher goes into the NCAA Tournament at the University of Michigan with 190 saves on the year for a 7.31 per game average. Feher shared the MPSF Player of the Week award on March 15.
Co-Coaches of the Year
Coach Adam Krikorian was named Co-Coach of the Year along with Hawaii coach Michael Roy. Krikorian is in his seventh season with the Bruins.Last year he coached the Bruins to a 22-5 record and a No. 4 national ranking. In 2003, Krikorian won his third champsionship and in 2002, led his team to the NCAA final and a No. 2 national ranking. In 2001, he was named the National Women's Water Polo Coach of the Year after guiding the Bruins to the inaugural NCAA women's water polo championship.
Feher, Golda, and Rulon were named to the All-MPSF First Team. Junior Thalia Munro was honored with the All-MPSF Second Team. Freshman Gabrielle Domanic received All-MPSF Honorable Mention. Domanic and Brittany Rowe were named to the All- MPSF Freshman Team.
MPSF Tournament Awards
Natalie Golda was named the Most Valuable Player of the MPSF tournament this past weekend in which the Bruins defeated Cal State Northridge, Hawaii, and Stanford. Golda had six goals over the three games.
Golda, Rulon, and Feher were also named to the MPSF All-Tourmanent team for their outstanding performances in helping UCLA to win the championship.