March 28, 2000
Up Next: The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team (18-3 overall, 6-1 MPSF) will host top-ranked California (18-2, 6-0) on Friday, March 31 at 3 pm in an MPSF conference matchup. The following day, the Bruins host No. 16 University of the Pacific (7-14, 0-7) at noon in another MPSF contest. Both games will be held at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Admission is free.
UCLA vs. Cal: The California Bears have occupied the top spot in the U.S. Water Polo Poll for four consecutive weeks. The Bears, who currently own a 14-game winning streak, edged past UCLA and USC in the polls on March 1 after capturing the UC Santa Barbara Tournament title. Over the weekend, Cal grabbed two big conference wins over MPSF rivals No. 4 USC and No. 2 Stanford to put them alone atop the MPSF standings. This week's match between the Bears and the Bruins figures to be a pivotal contest, as a UCLA victory could knock Cal out of first place and place the Bruins at No. 1 in the MPSF standings. UCLA has already defeated Cal earlier this season. On February 13, the Bruins handed the Bears a 6-5 loss in the championship game of the UC San Diego Tournament. All-time, UCLA is 14-5 in the series against Cal.
UCLA vs. Pacific: The Pacific Tigers are dead last in the MPSF with an 0-7 conference record. The Bruins have not met the Tigers this season, but are an undefeated 6-0 against them all-time. Last year, Pacific finished with an 8-23 overall record.
Last Week: The third-ranked UCLA Bruins downed No. 7 UC Davis 10-1 this past Sunday at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. UCLA dominated the Aggies in the first half of play, holding them scoreless while putting six goals of its own on the scoreboard. Despite the lopsided score, UC Davis managed an impressive third quarter effort, holding UCLA scoreless while registering a goal. However, the 6-1 deficit proved to be too formidable for the Aggies, as the Bruins closed in on the victory, adding four goals in the final quarter.
In an MPSF conference matchup, the host UCLA Bruins defeated No. 5 San Jose State 14-6 this past Monday. UCLA led the entire game, with sophomore transfer Kelly Heuchan sparking the Bruin offense with four goals. Seven other Bruins recorded points for UCLA, including Ashley Stachowski, Catharine von Schwarz and Elaine Zivich, who each recorded two goals. The Spartans were led in scoring by sophomore Inna Fedoseyeva, who recorded three goals.
Leading the Bruins:
Sophomore transfer Kelly Heuchan continues to lead the Bruin offense, totaling 38 goals this season. Over the weekend the 5-9 1/2 playmaker from Perth, Australia totaled a team-high five goals-- one against UC Davis and four against San Jose State. Heuchan, a member of the Australian Junior National Team with captured the World Junior Championships last year, has scored in 17 of UCLA's 21 games this season.
UCLA in the Polls: For the fourth straight week, UCLA is ranked No. 3 in the latest edition of the U.S. Water Polo Poll, which was released on March 22.