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UCLA Women's Water Polo Prepares For Santa Barbara Tournament
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/21/2001

Feb. 21, 2001

This Week: The second ranked UCLA Bruins (3-1 overall, 1-0 MPSF) will head to Santa Barbara this week to participate in the 2001 Gaucho Tournament, which will be held February 24-25. The round-robin competition consists of four brackets of four teams each, with the Bruins seeded at No. 1 in Bracket A. Fourteen of the top teams in the nation, including 10 MPSF teams, will be participating in the annual tournament.

The Bruins' first match of the tournament pits them against UC Irvine on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 am. Following their match against UCI, the Bruins will likely face the winner of the Princeton/ UC Santa Barbara match at 4:10 pm. Further game times and opponents are dependent upon Saturday's results. The semifinal game is scheduled for Sunday at 11:30 am and the championship match is set for Sunday afternoon at 4:10 pm.

UCLA vs. UCSB Tournament Opponents: All MPSF teams will compete with the exception of Hawaii. No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 UC Davis, No. 11 UC San Diego, No. 15 Loyola Marymount, No. 17 Princeton as well as Hartwick round out the Gaucho's 16-team tournament. UCLA has met 13 of the participants before and owns a winning record against each of them. The Bruins have never faced Hartwick or Princeton.

As usual, the Bruins' toughest competition will come from No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 USC and No. 4 California, should these teams meet. UCLA last met Stanford on Feb. 11 at the Stanford Invitational Tournament when the Cardinal handed the Bruins a 7-6 loss. However, UCLA still owns an 11-7 series advantage over the Cardinal. UCLA is now 15-7 in the series against USC, having last defeated the Trojans 11-4 in last year's championship game. The Bruins defeated California in the Stanford Invitational semifinal match, 6-4, on Feb. 11 and are now 16-5 in the series against the Bears.

UCLA in the polls: UCLA enters the early season ranked second in the initial National Collegiate Women's Top 20 Poll.

Last Week: UCLA began MPSF conference play at home last weekend by defeating the San Diego State Aztecs, 21-3. The Bruins came out firing, taking an early 5-0 lead in the first four minutes of the opening period, before the Aztecs were able to put up a goal of their own. The second quarter mirrored the first as the Bruins put up five goals to the Aztecs' one, and went up 10-2 at the half. The Bruins dominated the second half, outscoring San Diego State 7-0 in the third quarter and 4-1 in the final period. Nine different players scored for the Bruins, including a career-high five second-half goals for freshman Natalie Golda. Sophomore Jessica Lopez matched a career-high by hitting the back of the net four times.

Bruin Notes: With her career high five goals in the second half against San Diego State, freshman Natalie Golda (La Habra, CA/Rosary HS) has taken over the early season lead in goals scored with eight. Sophomore Robin Beauregard (Huntington Beach, CA/Marina HS) is second on the squad with seven goals and has scored in all four games this season. Senior Coralie Simmons (Hemet, CA/ Hemet HS) leads the Bruins in assists with nine, and sophomore Jessica Lopez (Commerce, CA/Bell Gardens HS) is first on the team with eight steals.


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