No. 1 UCLA Opens MPSF Play with Strong Start

Feb. 23, 2005

On Sunday, the No. 1 UCLA women's water polo team defeated the No.10 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 13-4. This was the Bruins' first game of the season at their home, the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. UCLA is currently undefeated with an overall record of 8-0 and 1-0 in the MPSF. The Bruins have outscored their opponents 98 to 27 in their games so far. Their next match is at home against No. 9 Hawaii on Thursday February 24th. On February 25, the Bruins will travel to Santa Barbara to compete in the Gaucho Invitational, which includes most of the competitive teams in the NCAA.

Up Next: Hawaii - February 24, 2005 3:00 PM
This Thursday, the Bruins will play their second home game, facing the No. 9 Hawaii Rainbow Wahine. Hawaii is 2-4 on the season with losses to Stanford, Indiana, California, and USC. UCLA is 16-0 all time against Hawaii.

Up Next: Gaucho Invitational - February 25-27, 2005
Following their game against Hawaii, the Bruins will travel to UC Santa Barbara to compete in the 24 team Gaucho Invitational. All the top water polo teams will be part of the tournament, including No. 2 USC and No. 3 Stanford, who lost close matches to UCLA in the Stanford Invitational. Two matches have been set for UCLA on Friday, February 25th. At 7:30 AM, UCLA will compete against No. 19 Princeton. Princeton is 7-1 and ASU is 1-3. Later that afternoon day at 4:10, the team will face No. 18 Arizona State. The outcome of Friday's games will determine who the Bruins will play on Saturday.

UCLA In The Polls UCLA remains the top ranked team in the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Poll released February 16, 2005. National Collegiate Women's Top 20 Poll (Top 5 Shown), February 9

Rank, School	        Points      Last Week
 1. UCLA                   100      	  1
 2. USC                    95      	  2
 3. Stanford               90      	  3
 4. Loyola Marymount       86      	  4
 5. Long Beach State       80      	  5

Weekly Recap: UCLA vs. UCSB - February 20, 2005
The UCLA Women's Water Polo team defeated UC Santa Barbara 13-4 on a stormy day at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. This was the team's first home game and first MPSF conference victory.

As with all their games this season, UCLA held the lead the whole match and dominated the first quarter. Natalie Golda scored the first goal of the game after 16 seconds of play. The Bruins took a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and a 7-2 lead at the half. The third quarter was all Bruins againt with four straight UCLA goals. In the fourth quarter, UCLA scored twice, ending up with a 13-4 win.

Domanic, Golda, Kraus, and Munro led the Bruins in scoring with two goals a piece. Crowell, Kacy Kunkel, Kristina Kunkel, Rowe, and Rulon had one goal each. Goalkeeper Emily Feher had seven saves. For the Gauchos, Katy Kunkel scored two goals to lead the team. Bell and Saign each scored once. Goalkeeper Rosey Redaelli had three saves.

Season Facts
- The Bruins are averaging 12.25 goals per game while only giving up 3.38.
- UCLA has outscored its opponents 32-3 in the first quarter.
- The last time the Bruins were 8-0 was in the 1998 National Championship season.
- The 22-0 score in this year's Colorado State match is the second highest margin of victory in UCLA women's water polo history.
- Freshman Brittany Rowe and Sophomore Kelly Rulon are the leading scorers of the team with 15 goals.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
W, 23 - 2
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
W, 25 - 3
Saturday, Apr 09
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 8
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 16 - 6
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 8 (3OT)
Friday, Apr 29
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 10 - 3
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4