March 20, 2000
Up Next: The third-ranked UCLA women's water polo team (16-3 overall, 5-1 MPSF) will host No. 7 UC Davis (12-10) on Sunday, March 26 at 4 pm. The following day, the Bruins host No. 5 San Jose State (14-9, 2-3 MPSF) at 4 pm in an MPSF conference matchup. Both games will be held at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Admission is free.
UCLA vs. UC Davis: The Davis Aggies, who are currently 12-10 overall, have already suffered a 13-3 loss to the Bruins at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament on February 26. In their nine meetings with the Bruins, they have won only one game back in 1995, when UCLA was in its first year as a varsity sport. The Aggies are currently led in scoring by freshman Tiffany Hodgens, who has registered 38 goals to date.
UCLA vs. San Jose State: The San Jose State Spartans are currently ranked No. 5 with a 14-9 overall record. They are led by sophomore Inna Fedoseyeva who currently has 40 goals. The Spartans last met UCLA earlier this season when the Bruins handed them a 12-2 loss at the UC San Diego Tournament on February 12. All-time, UCLA leads the series against the Spartans 6-0. Last year, San Jose State closed out the season with a 19-21 overall record and finished ninth at the Collegiate Nationals.
Last Week: For the third time this season, UCLA demolished UC Santa Barbara, this time by a score of 12-1. The No. 9 Gauchos managed only one goal in last Friday's game, which was held at UCSB's Campus Pool. Five players put UCLA on the scoreboard with senior Erin Golaboski pacing the Bruins with four goals.
After sailing on six straight wins, the Bruins' streak was snapped when they hosted No. 2 Stanford on Sunday, March 19. The second-ranked Stanford Cardinal defeated UCLA 9-7. Despite a strong effort early on in which the Bruins took a 4-1 lead early in the second quarter, Stanford managed a comeback in the third quarter and did not relent. The loss marks UCLA's third to Stanford and its third of the season.
Leading the Bruins: Sophomore transfer Kelly Heuchan currently leads the Bruins with 34 goals. Over the weekend the 5-91/2 playmaker from Perth, Australia totaled a team-high five goals -- two against UC Santa Barbara and three against MPSF rival Stanford. Heuchan, a member of the Australian Junior National Team with captured the World Junior Championships last year, has scored in 15 of UCLA's 19 games this season.
UCLA in the Polls: For the third straight week, UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the latest edition of the U.S. Water Polo Poll, which was released on March 15.