No. 3 Bruins Head to UC Santa Barbara Tournament

March 4, 2003

UCLA (6-3; 3-2) traveled north this weekend for MPSF matches at No. 1 Stanford and No. 8 San Jose State. On Friday, the Bruins fell to the Cardinal 5-3, but bounced back on Saturday to defeat the Spartans 10-3. UCLA will travel to UC Santa Barbara this weekend to take part in the sixteen team Gaucho Water Polo Tournament. The Bruins are in group B with Loyola Marymount, UC San Diego and Redlands University and their first game will be on Saturday, March 8 at 9:00 AM vs. Redlands.

At Stanford Recap, February 28, 2003

In another classic battle between UCLA and Stanford, the Bruins were unable to get the win in Palo Alto, falling to the Cardinal 5-3 in a game that was not decided until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. After tying the score at 1-1 in the first quarter, the Bruins were forced to play catch up the rest of the game, falling behind 3-1 and 4-2 in the second quarter. Though the Bruin defense would shut down the Cardinal in the second half after allowing three goals in the second quarter it would not be enough, as the Bruins would only manage to score one goal in the second half. A Cardinal penalty shot with six seconds remaining sealed the 5-3 victory for the Cardinal. Junior Natalie Golda led the Bruins with two goals. Lauren Heineck's first collegiate goal accounted for the rest of UCLA's scoring. Goalkeeper Jaime Hipp recorded seven saves.

At San Jose State Recap, March 1, 2003

The Bruins ended their Northern California road trip on a positive note, defeating No. 8 San Jose State 10-3 at the Spartans home pool. The Bruin defense was outstanding in the first half, holding the Spartans scoreless, while the offense was able to build a 5-0 lead. In the third quarter the Bruins would allow their first goal of the game, but would still outscore the Spartans 2-1 to take the 7-1 going into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter the Bruins would score three more times to finish the game with the 10-3 victory. Eight different Bruins found the back of the net, with Devon McIntyre and Robin Beauregard leading all Bruin scorers with two goals each. Natalie Golda, Kristyn Pulver, Kelly Rulon, Maureen Flanagan, Katherine Belden and Kristina Kunkel all scored once. Goalkeeper Jaime Hipp recorded ten saves.

About the Opponents: UC Santa Barbara Tournament

This will be the first time the Bruins face Redlands University. The Bruins next opponent will be determined by the outcome of the game between LMU and UCSD. Assuming the Bruins win their first game on Saturday, their next game will be on Saturday at 1:40 PM against the winner of the LMU vs. UCSD game. If UCLA wins both their Saturday games they will play on Sunday at 11:30 PM. The championship game will be at 4:10 PM.

Bruin Notes

The UCLA defense and goalkeeper Jaime Hipp continued their early season success over the weekend... After shutting out the Cardinal in the third quarter and the Spartans in the first half, UCLA has played thirteen total quarters without allowing a goal... UCLA has allowed thirty-three goals on the year... Goalkeeper Jaime Hipp has a goals against average of 4.25 and has recorded 82 saves... Freshman Lauren Heineck scored her first collegiate goal in the Bruins 5-3 loss to Stanford... After Heineck's goal against Stanford, every UCLA played has scored at least one goal this season... In both of UCLA's games against Stanford, the outcome was not determined until the final minute of the fourth quarter... Jaime Hipp's ten saves vs. San Jose State matched her 2003 season high... Junior Natalie Golda led all Bruin scorers over the weekend with three goals... UCLA's freshman continued to have an immediate impact on the team, accounting for four of the Bruins thirteen goals this weekend.

Bruin Goal Leaders (through nine games): Natalie Golda: 13, Kelly Rulon: 11, Robin Beauregard: 8, Jessica Lopez: 7, Maureen Flanagan: 7, Katherine Belden: 7

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