Feb. 11, 2004
The UCLA Women's Water Polo team opened up the 2004 season at the Stanford Invitational as the number one ranked team in the nation. The Bruins swept their first three games by a combined score of 25-8 to advance to the first place against number two USC. In the first place game the Bruins fell behind early and couldn't recover falling to the Women of Troy 12-4.
Up Next: @ UC Santa Barbara, February 22, 2004
The Bruins take a break from competition this weekend before heading to UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, February 22 for their first MPSF game of the season.
UCLA In The Polls
In the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Poll released today, February 11, 2004 fell to number two in the nation behind No. 1 USC.
National Collegiate Women's Top 20 Poll (Top 10 Shown), February 11
Team Total Points
1. USC 100
2. UCLA 93
3. Stanford 92
4. Long Beach State 85
5. San Diego State 77
6. California 76
7. Loyola Marymount 71
8. Hawaii 64
9. Michigan 62
10. Indiana 56
Weekly Recap, @ Stanford Invitational, February 7-8, 2004
The No. 1 ranked UCLA Women's Water Polo team opened its defense of its 2003 NCAA title with a 6-2 victory over No. 9 Hawaii to open the Stanford Invitational. The Bruins who were the number one seed in the tournament fell behind 0-1 in the first period before tying the game 2-2 at the end of the first half. In the second half it would be all UCLA as the Bruins would hold the Rainbow Wahine scoreless while tallying four goals to earn the 6-2 win.
In their second game on Saturday the Bruins defeated No. 7 California 6-5 to finish the first day of competition with a perfect 2-0 record. UCLA fell behind to Cal early, trailing 3-1 after one period, however, the Bruins would close the gap in the second period, outscoring Cal 2-1 to make it 4-3 after one half. UCLA would tie the score in the third period at 5-5 and in the fourth would score once to beat the Golden Bears 6-5.
On Sunday morning the Bruins closed out bracket play at the tournament with a 13-1 victory over Santa Clara. UCLA got out to a quick lead against Santa Clara, scoring five goals in the first period while holding the Broncos scoreless. The second and third periods would be more of the same for UCLA, as the Bruins would score six times while shutting out the Broncos. Santa Clara would get its lone goal in the fourth period, while UCLA would score two more times to close out the 13-1 win. With the victory the Bruins finished bracket play with a 3-0 record and advanced to the first place game against USC.
Against USC, UCLA would fall behind 3-0 after one period and would never be able to recover from the deficit. Though the Bruins would score three times in the second period, the Women of Troy would counter back with three goals of their own and would take a 6-3 lead going into the third period. The Bruins would get no closer the rest of the game, being outscored 3-0 in the third period. In the fourth period the Bruins were able to find the back of the net once, but couldn't prevent USC from scoring three more times to win the game 12-4.