Feb. 25, 2003
UCLA lost their 2003 home opener to USC 8-6 on Friday, but rebounded to defeat Hawaii 12-5 on Saturday to move to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the MPSF. The Bruins will travel to Stanford for a 3:00 PM game on Friday, February 28 and then to San Jose State for a 12:00 PM game on Saturday, March 1.
Vs. USC Recap, February 21, 2003
In a hard fought battle between the two cross-town rivals the Bruins were unable to come out on top against the Women of Troy. In UCLA's home opener, the Bruins opened the game with two quick goals, but saw their lead evaporate in the second quarter and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game, eventually falling to USC 8-6.
Vs. Hawaii Recap, February 22, 2003
The Bruins rebounded from Friday's loss to USC to defeat the Rainbow Wahine in convincing fashion. After taking a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, the UCLA offense came alive and scored four goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead going into the half. In the third and fourth quarters the Bruins wouldn't allow the Rainbow Whine to get any closer, outscoring Hawaii 6-3 to finish the game with a 12-5 victory. Senior Ashley Stachowski, Junior Natalie Golda, and Freshmen Kelly Rulon and Katie Flanagan each scored twice for the Bruins. Seniors Jessica Lopez, Maureen Flanagan and Mari Joyce and Freshman Katherine Belden all found the back of the net once. Goalkeeper Jaime Hipp had eight saves.
A Bruin Milestone: Head Coach Adam Krikorian recorded his 50th career MPSF conference victory for the Bruins.
About the Opponents: Stanford and San Jose State
This will be the second time the Bruins face the Cardinal this season. The teams met in the final of the 2003 Stanford Invitational, with Stanford coming out on top 4-3. The game will also be a rematch of last years NCAA Championship, a game the UCLA lost 8-4. UCLA is currently 13-15 all-time versus Stanford.
The Bruins will face the San Jose State Spartans for the first time this 2003 season. In the teams previous meeting last season the Bruins defeated the Spartans 12-5. All time the Bruins hold a perfect 12-0 record versus San Jose State.
UCLA in the Polls
In the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Poll released Wednesday, the Bruins dropped to No. 3 behind No. 2 USC and No. 1 Stanford.
UCLA's loss to USC was the first time this season that the Bruins had allowed more than four goals in a game. It was also the first time the Bruins had lost to the Women of Troy in the past seven games.
After defeating Hawaii 12-5 the Bruins now hold a perfect 14-0 record against the Rainbow Wahine. In the Bruins five victories they have averaged 12.8 goals. Their average margin of victory is 10.8 goals. The Bruins have scored an average of 4.5 goals in their two defeats. Their average margin of defeat is 1.5 goals. In seven games UCLA has allowed a total of 25 goals with a Goals Against Average of 3.50.
The Bruins have scored a total of 73 goals and are averaging 10.4 goals a game. Junior Natalie Golda has scored a goal in five of the UCLA's seven games. She currently has two multi-goal games, including one hat trick. Freshman Kelly Rulon currently leads the Bruins with three multi-goals games including one hat trick.