April 15, 2004
The UCLA Women's Water Polo team will put its ten game winning streak on the line this weekend when it hosts No. 11 San Jose State and No. 2 Stanford on Saturday and Sunday at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Both games will be played at 1:00 PM and will mark the end of the UCLA's 2004 regular season. UCLA is 19-3 overall and 8-1 in the MPSF and the outcome of both games will determine seeding for the MPSF Championships. Currently UCLA is tied with Stanford for second in the MPSF.
WEEKLY RECAP: @ NO. 7 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, APRIL 7, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the half off 6 on 5 goals from Molly Cahill and Jenna Murphy. The Lions were able to cut the lead to one in the third period with a goal, but in the fourth period a 6 on 5 goal by Kristina Kunkel and Molly Cahill's second goal of the game extended UCLA's lead to 4-1. The Lions would mount a comeback in the last 3:30 of the game with two goals and would have the ball with 37 seconds left. But, the UCLA defense and goalkeeper Emily Feher were able to stop the Lions, earning UCLA the 4-3 victory.
WEEKLY RECAP: @ NO. 16 UC IRVINE, APRIL 8, 2004
IRVINE, Calf. - The Bruins got on the board first with a goal by Kristina Kunkel in the first period. UC Irvine senior Erica Horman tied up the game at 1-1 with the first of her two goals on the day. Molly Cahill scored a pair of goals for UCLA, one coming on a penalty shot to make it 3-1 Bruins after the first period. Aleah Amr Sunny Hills HS had a breakaway goal early in the second quarter to pull UCI within one. The Bruins would counter with a 5-0 run to take a 8-2 lead. The 'Eaters went on a mini-run of their own, with goals by Robyn Kaake, Erica Horman and senior Erika Ranes to make it 8-5. Katherine Belden scored her third goal of the game for the Bruins to make it 9-5 Bruins.
WEEKLY RECAP: @ NO. 4 LONG BEACH STATE, APRIL 10, 2004 LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Bruins again gained control of the game early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before allowing a 49er goal with under a minute left in the second period. In the third period, the 49ers would get to within one at 3-2, but the Bruins would take control of the game with two straight goals to extend their lead to 5-2 and would hold off Long Beach State for the 5-3 win.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: NO. 11 SAN JOSE STATE AND NO. 2 STANFORD
This will be the second time that UCLA will face both San Jose State and Stanford this season. In the teams' first meeting this season the Bruins defeated the Spartans 12-6 at the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii. The Bruins faced off against the Cardinal February 29 at the Gaucho Tournament in a rematch of last years NCAA Championship game. In a back and forth game the Bruins fell to Stanford 6-5 on a last second goal. The Bruins are 14-0 all time against San Jose State and 15-18 all time against Stanford.
BRUIN QUICK FACTS
Freshman goalkeeper Emily Feher was named the April 12 UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for helping lead UCLA to three consecutive victories over Top-20 opponents last week... This is the first time this season that a Women's Water Polo player has been named UCLA's Student-Athlete of the week...Feher was also named the April 12 MPSF Player of the Week, the third time a Bruin has earned the award this season... UCLA has scored 177 goals this year will allowing 103... In eighteen games freshman goalkeeper Emily Feher has 132 saves with a goals against average of 4.85... Kristina Kunkel leads the Bruins with 35 goals scored, Molly Cahill and Katherine Belden are tied for second on the team with 31... Sophomore Kristina Kunkel was named the March 2 MPSF Player of the Week and sophomore Lauren Heineck was named the March 9 MPSF Player of the Week.