March 10 , 1998
Bruins at home March 14-22: Two-time defending national champion UCLA (13-1 overall, 2-0 MPSF) returned home from the inaugural Hawai'i Tournament in time to prepare for five home games, including four MPSF conference matches, beginning on Saturday, March 14. The Bruins will host Stanford on Saturday at noon at Sunset Recreation Center, and will meet San Jose State at noon on Sunday (March 15) at the Men's Gym Pool. Next week, No. 2 ranked UCLA hosts University of Massachusetts, California, and University of the Pacific.
The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal comes into town for an MPSF match with a 10-2 record, having most recently defeated top-ranked California 7-2 last Friday. The Cardinal is led in scoring by Ellen Estes, who has netted 40 goals. The Bruins are an undefeated 7-0 lifetime versus Stanford, and were victorious in three games last season. Stanford brings two All-Americans to Westwood, in sophomores Suze Gardner and Estes.
San Jose State, ranked No. 17, ventures to UCLA for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Spartans are 9-5 overall, 1-1 in conference play, and will be the Bruins' fourth conference game in this 1998 campaign. San Jose State is led in scoring by Liz Garcia, who has tallied 37 goals.
Bruin Notes: Sophomore Erin Golaboski currently leads the Bruins in scoring with 31 points. She is followed by junior All-American Coralie Simmons, 27 goals, as well as junior All-American Catharine von Schwarz and sophomore Serela Mansur, each with 21 points.
Last week, the Bruins pounded the Women of Troy at USC, handing them a 10-1 MPSF conference loss. UCLA then crossed the Pacific to participate in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, where it captured the championship, defeating Michigan (15-5), UC Santa Barbara (10-3), and Hawai'i (13-6). Simmons was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and joined von Schwarz and goalie Nicolle Payne on the All-Tournament team. Over the four game span, Simmons, Mansur, and Katie Tenenbaum each tallied five assists, and a total of nine Bruins notched one or more goals.
Next Up: UCLA hosts UMass, top-ranked Califonia, and UOP March 17, 21, and 22. The Bruins will be on the road for the remainder of the season, culminating with the Natinal Collegiate Championships at USC.