April 29, 2003
Joining UCLA at the NCAA Championships will be Stanford, Indiana and Loyola Marymount. The NCAA Championships will be hosted by UCSD and will be held from May 10-11. UCLA seeded second in the tournament will play third seeded Loyola Marymount on Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 PM. Pending the outcome of the game the Bruins will play on Sunday at 1:30 PM or 3:00 PM against either Stanford or Indiana.
The UCLA women's water polo team entered the MPSF tournament seeded third behind USC and Stanford and ranked number one in the nation. The Bruins defeated Hawaii in their first game of the tournament 12-3 to advance to the semi-finals to face the second seed, USC. In a game with NCAA Championship implications, UCLA defeated the Trojans 7-6 in sudden victory overtime. In the finals, the Bruins fell to first seeded Stanford Cardinal 3-2 in the fifth sudden victory overtime.
Vs. Hawaii, April 25, 2003 (@ MPSF Championships)
The Bruins scored first with a goal from freshman Kelly Rulon with just over five minutes remaining in the first period in their opening game of the MPSF tournament against the sixth seeded Rainbow Wahine. Following Rulon's goal, three straight goals from junior Natalie Golda put UCLA up 4-0 before a Hawaii goal made it 4-1. However, sophomore Kristyn Pulver would score with seconds remaining in the first period to give UCLA the 5-1 lead. In the second period two goals from freshman Kristina Kunkel and goals from senior Maureen Flanagan and Golda would put the Bruins up 9-3 at half. The second half would be a defensive contest between the two teams, as the Bruins would get goals from Pulver, Kunkel and senior Devon McIntyre while holding the Rainbow Wahine scoreless to earn the 12-3 victory.
Vs. USC, April 26, 2003 (@ MPSF Championships)
The Bruins struck first against USC with a goal from junior Natalie Golda coming with 6:02 remaining in the first period. After the Trojans answered back with 2:11 left in the period, the Bruins were able to take the 2-1 lead on their very next possession with a goal from freshman Lauren Heineck. In the second period each team exchanged goals with freshman Kelly Rulon's goal with 2:47 left giving the Bruins the 3-2 lead at half. In the third period USC would score twice, before a 4 meter penalty shot from Golda knotted the scored at 4-4. In the fourth period, the Trojans would again take the lead, but the Bruins were able to answer back with a goal from senior Ashley Stachowski with 2:11 left. After neither team was able to score, the game went to two three-minute overtime periods. USC was again able to score first, and the Bruins went into the second overtime period down 6-5. But, with 1:46 remaining, Golda found the back of the net for the third time to tie the game at 6-6 and send it into sudden death overtime. The Bruins got off to a shaky start in the first sudden death overtime period, allowing a breakaway on the Trojans first possession. However, USC was not able to convert the opportunity and on UCLA's very next possession, senior Jessica Lopez found the back of the net on a 6 on 5 opportunity to give the Bruins the 7-6 victory. Senior goalie Jaime Hipp was outstanding in net for the Bruins, recording thirteen saves, including four saves in overtime.
Vs. Stanford, April 27, 2003 (@ MPSF Championships)
The game was a defensive contest throughout with the Cardinal scoring first early in the first period. After both teams went scoreless in the second period, UCLA tied the game at 1-1 in the third period with a goal from freshman Kelly Rulon. In the fourth period Stanford scored first, but the Bruins were able to counter back with a goal from freshman Lauren Heineck with 3:04 left in the game. Each of the overtime periods featured outstanding defensive play from both teams with goalkeeper Jaime Hipp recording six of her thirteen total saves in the overtime periods. Finally in the fifth sudden victory period, the Cardinal scored fifty-seven seconds into the period.
2003 Season Statistics
Senior Robin Beauregard leads the Bruins with 37 steals.
Freshman Kelly Rulon leads the Bruins with 31 assists.
Goalkeeper Jaime Hipp has recorded 178 saves on the year with a goals against average of 3.17