April 22, 2004
The UCLA Women's Water Polo team split a pair of MPSF home games last weekend to close out the regular season. On Saturday the Bruins defeated No. 11 San Jose State 9-4 and on Sunday lost to No. 2 Stanford 5-3. UCLA finishes the 2004 regular season with a 20-4 overall record and will be the third seed in the MPSF Championships. On Saturday, April 24 the Bruins will travel to Los Alamitos to face the United States National Team in an exhibition game, last season the Bruins defeated Team USA 3-2 at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
UP NEXT: @ UNITED STATES NATIONAL TEAM, APRIL 24, 2004; Team USA will close out its 2004 Collegiate Tour against UCLA and USC this weekend. The game will be at 1:30 PM and will be played in Los Alamitos. Last season the Bruins shocked Team USA 3-2 at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center and handed the National Team the only loss of its 2003 Collegiate Tour. For the 2004 Collegiate Tour Team USA is undefeated. Once again UCLA will be the most represented school on the Team USA roster with six players. Current Bruin Amber Stachowski is also a member of the National Team but has been sitting out due to injury.
Team USA Roster vs. UCLA
Name - Position- Education
Jacqueline Frank - Goalkeeper - Stanford, '03
Nicolle Payne - Goalkeeper - UCLA, '01
Heather Petri - Attacker - Cal Berkeley, '02
Ericka Lorenz - Attacker - Cal Berkeley, 02
Brenda Villa - Attacker - Stanford, '03
Ellen Estes - Center - Stanford, '02
Natalie Golda- Defender - UCLA, '05
Margaret Dingeldein - Attacker - Stanford, '02
Maureen Flanagan - Attacker - UCLA, '05
Heather Moody - Center - San Diego State, '02
Robin Beauregard - Defender - UCLA, '03
Kelly Rulon - Attacker - UCLA, '07
Gabrielle Domanic - Attacker - Foothill High, '03
Thalia Munro - Attacker - UCLA, '07
Head Coach: Guy Baker
WEEKLY RECAP: SAN JOSE STATE, APRIL 17, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - San Jose State came out strong in the first period taking a 1-0 but Kristina Kunkel would answer back for the Bruins to knot it at 1-1. Another goal by the Spartans made it 2-1, however, the lead would be short lived as Molly Cahill tied it at 2-2 on UCLA's ensuing possession and after earning a four-meter ejection, Cahill's penalty shot gave the Bruins their first lead of the game at 3-2. San Jose State would tie it at 3-3, but UCLA would go on a 6-0 scoring run over the remainder of the second period and the third period to put the game out of reach. The fourth period was an ejection-laden affair, with both teams combining for eight ejections. San Jose State would manage to score one goal and hold UCLA scoreless, but it would not be too little too late and UCLA would come away with the 9-4 win.
WEEKLY RECAP: STANFORD, APRIL 18, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Stanford got on the board first after eleven seconds had elapsed in the first period and would extend their lead to 2-0 with another goal at the 4:33 mark. However, UCLA would answer with goals by Lauren Heineck and Kristina Kunkel knotting it at 2-2 after one period. The second and third periods would be defined by defense as the Bruins held the Cardinal to one goal in each period, but would be unable to score themselves. Entering the final period Stanford held a 4-2 lead and would score one more goal with 1:32 left to put the game out of reach. A Katherine Belden goal with fifteen seconds remaining would be too little too late as UCLA saw its eleven winning streak come to an end with the 5-3 defeat.
BRUIN QUICK FACTS: UCLA has scored 189 goals this season while allowing 112...Goalkeeper Emily Feher has recorded 146 saves with a goals-against-average of 4.82...Kristina Kunkel leads the Bruins with 38 goals scored...Three Bruins have been named MPSF Player of the Week, Kristina Kunkel, Lauren Heineck and Emily Feher...In the second period this season UCLA has outscored its opponent 53-22...Before losing to Stanford UCLA had a season high eleven game win streak...UCLA will be the third seed in this years MPSF Championships, which will be played from April 30-May 2 in Los Alamitos.