March 8, 2006
After dropping to No. 3 in the polls, the Bruins bounced back with three wins this past week. On Friday, UCLA defeated No. 6 California, 6-4 at home. On Saturday, the team defeate Cal State San Bernardino, 13-1, and No. 12 UC San Diego, 7-1. The top three teams in the nation - USC, Stanford, and UCLA - have set themselves apart from the rest of the competition. The three teams have a combined record of 39-4. Stanford's only two losses have come against USC, and UCLA's only losses have been against USC and Stanford. All the losses were close, with no teaming winning by more than two goals.
About the Opponents: Mar. 11-12, Arizona St. - San Diego St.
On Saturday, the Bruins will face the surprising No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils at the Sunset Recreation Center. ASU is 10-3 on the year, 2-0 in MPSF play. Their losses have come against Hawaii, UCLA, and San Diego St. Earlier this year, UCLA defeated the Sun Devils, 14-5 in the Stanford Invitational. Overall, the Bruins are 4-0 against Arizona State.
Sunday will be another home match for the Bruins. No. 7 San Diego St. comes into Westwood with a record of 8-4, 2-1 in the MPSF. Last year UCLA defeated San Diego St. 12-3. Overall the Bruins are 26-3 against SDSU.
Collegiate Water Polo Association Poll March 1, 2006
Rank, School Prev Points 1. USC 1 100 2. Stanford 3 95 3. UCLA 2 90 4. Loyola Marymount 4 83 5. Hawaii 5 79
Recap: Mar. 3 California
The first quarter of the game was very physical, with each team having three ejections. California scored the first goal of the game. A little over a minute later, Kelly Rulon notched the first Bruin goal to tie up the game. Later in the quarter, Monique Blanchard scored for UCLA, putting the team ahead for what would be the rest of the game.
In the second quarter, the UCLA defense stepped up, holding the Bears scoreless. UCLA added two more goals, including a second goal by Rulon, to pull away to a 4-1 half time lead.
At 4:23 in the third, the Bruins extended their lead to 5-1, after a goal by Anne Belden. The Bears refused to give up. Allison Gold scored her first goal of the game at 4:07. UCLA responded with a goal by Molly Cahill. At 1:25, the Bears scored on a four-meter penalty shot, bringing her team within three goals.
In the fourth, the Bruins were held scoreless. UCLA ended up winning 6-4, which is the exact same score and outcome as the previous UCLA vs. California matchup in the Stanford Invitational earlier this season.
Recap: Mar. 4, Cal St. San Bernardino - UCSD
On Saturday, the Bruin women's water polo team defeated Cal State San Bernardino, 13-1 and No. 12 UC San Diego, 7-1.
During the first game of the day, against CSUSB, the Bruins scored the first 13 goals. Jillian Kraus led the tead with three goals. Berg added CSUSB's only goal in the fourth quarter.
In the win over UCSD, the Bruins scored the first seven goals. UCLA scored twice in the first and three times in the second quarter to take a 5-0 lead at the break. UCLA added single goals in the third and fourth quarters to lead 7-0. UCSD got on the board in the final period with 4:03 on the clock.
- The Bruins are averaging 11.13 goals per game while allowing 3.81 goals.
- Kelly Rulon's five goals in the first half of the first game of the season was more goals than any Bruin scored in a game last year.
- Rulon currently is the leading scorer in the MPSF conference with 38 goals.
- Against Arizona State on February 12th, the team set the UCLA record for the longest inter-season winning streak of 40 games.