March 11, 2003
UCLA (10-3; 3-2) returns home to Sunset Canyon Recreation this Thursday and Friday to face No. 6 Loyola Marymount and No.4 Long Beach State. The Bruins will then head to UC San Diego for a Saturday double header versus No. 10 UC San Diego and No. 17 Princeton. This past weekend the Bruins won the UC Santa Barbara Invitational, running the table with a pefect 4-0 record, including victories over No. 2 USC in the semifinals an No. 1 Stanford in the finals.
At UCSB Invitational Tournament, March 8-9, 2003
No. 3 UCLA opened up play at the UCSB Invitational with a convincing 14-2 victory over Redlands in Group B play. UCLA got out to a quick start, outscoring Redlands 4-1 in the first half, the Bruin defense would then precede to shut down Redlands in the second quarter, allowing the Bruins to build a 9-1 led. In the second half the Bruins would continue to dominate, holding Redlands to one goals, while scoring five times to earn the 14-2 victory. Senior Mari Joyce led all Bruins scorers with three goals. With the victory, the Bruins advanced to face Loyola Marymount.
In the Bruins second Saturday game, UCLA defeated No. 6 Loyola Marymount behind a record six goals from Natalie Golda. UCLA got out to a 6-4 lead through two quarters and in the second half the Bruin defense and offense came alive, holding LMU to one goal while scoring six. Along with Golda's six goals (which gave her a total of eight goals over two games), Senior Jessica Lopez recorded a hat trick. The Bruins' victory over LMU advanced them to the semi-finals against No. 2 USC.
UCLA avenged their early season home loss to USC with a 7-3 victory over the Women of Troy in the semi-finals. After opening the game with a 3-1 lead in the first quarter the Bruins would not allow USC to get any closer, holding USC scoreless in the second quarter while taking a 4-1 lead. In the second half the Bruins would score three more goals to come away with the 7-3 victory and advance to the championship game against No. 1 Stanford. Jessica Lopez led the Bruins with two goals.
In the third meeting between the Bruins and the Cardinal, UCLA defeated the number one team in the nation with a 7-3 victory in the championship match. The Bruin offense and defense were equally impressive with the offense scoring seven goals against a Cardinal squad that had held the Bruins to only six total goals in the teams previous two meetings. Senior Robin Beauregard had a hat trick for the Bruins, while Natalie Golda scored twice to give her a total of ten goals in the four games of the tournament. Rounding out the Bruin scoring effort was Ashley Stachowski and Lauren Heineck who each scored once.
About the Opponents: Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, UC San Diego, and Princeton
This will be the second time the Bruins face Loyola Marymount. In the teams first meeting this season at the UCSB Invitational UCLA defeated LMU 12-5 behind six goals from Junior Natalie Golda. The Bruins all time record against the Lions is 5-0. This will be the Bruins first meeting of the 2003 season against Long Beach State; UCLA currently holds an 8-0 all time record against the 49ers. This will be the Bruins first meeting of the season versus UC San Diego. On Saturday, the Bruins will face the Princeton Tigers a team that they defeated last year 16-6.
In the Bruins four victories this weekend, they scored an average of ten goals a game and only allowed an average of 3.25 goals a game. Freshman Lauren Heineck scored at least one goal in each of the Bruins victories. Junior Natalie Golda led all scorers at the tournament with a total of ten goals. Robin Beauregard, Jessica Lopez and Mari Joyce each recorded a hat trick for the Bruins