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No. 1 Bruins Return to Action, Host No. 18 Brown University and No. 6 San Diego State
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2003

March 24, 2003

UCLA returns to action this week after taking the previous week off. The Bruins are on a nine game winning streak and are currently ranked number one in the nation with a 14-3 record (4-2 in the MPSF).

The Bruins will host No. 18 Brown University on Thursday at 4:00 PM at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Bruins will then host No. 6 San Diego State at 3:00 PM in a game that will count towards the MPSF standings.

About the Opponents: Brown University and San Diego State

This will be the first time this season that the Bruins have faced either the Brown Bears or the San Diego State Aztecs.

The Bruins have never faced Brown before and currently hold a perfect 12-0 record against San Diego State, including a 12-5 victory over the Spartans last season.

Vs. No. 7 Loyola Marymount, March 13, 2003

The Bruins showed why they are the number one team in the nation with a dominating defensive effort against Loyola Marymount, defeating the Lions 7-4 at home to move to 11-3 overall. Though the Bruins would only manage three goals in the first half, the defense was outstanding holding the Lions to one goal in each quarter and forcing numerous shot clock violations. In the third quarter, the Bruin offense came alive, out scoring LMU 3-1 to take a 6-3 lead going into the final quarter. Though the Bruins would only manage to score one goal the in the fourth, the defense continued its strong play allowing only one goal to give UCLA the 7-4 victory.

Jessica Lopez and Natalie Golda led the Bruins in scoring with three goals each.

Vs. No. 4 Long Beach State, March 14, 2003

The Bruins finished up a two-game home stand with a convincing 10-4 victory over No. 4 Long Beach State at Sunset Canyon Recreation to move to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the MPSF. UCLA got out to an early 3-1 lead in the first quarter before pulling away with a four goal second quarter to take a 7-2 lead going into the second half. Though the Bruins would only score three times in the second half, the Bruin defense would continue its string of impressive defensive performances by only allowing the 49ers to score once in each quarter.

Kristyn Pulver, Lauren Heineck and Kelly Rulon led the Bruins in scoring with two goals each.

In the Bruins first Saturday game against No. 10 UC San Diego, UCLA stormed out to a 7-0 halftime lead against the Tritons. In the second half it would be all UCLA as the Bruins scored four goals to the Tritons one to get the 11-1 victory.

Kristyn Pulver led the Bruins in scoring with three goals.

The Bruins faced No. 17 Princeton in their second game of the day and once against UCLA would jump out to a 7-0 halftime lead. The Bruins would allow a Princeton goal in the second, but it would be the only time the Tigers would score, as UCLA cruised to the 10-1 victory.

Natalie Golda had a hat trick for the Bruins.

Bruin Notes

MPSF Player of the Week (3/3-3/9) Natalie Golda continued her string of impressive offensive performances. In the Bruins four games this week she scored a total of nine goals, including hat tricks in two games.

The Bruins have now won nine straight games since losing to Stanford 5-3 on February 28.

The Bruins did not allow more than one goal in each of the quarters of their four victories.

UCLA has allowed a total of 58 goals on the year.

Jaime Hipp has recorded 121 saves with a goals against average of 3.93.

Tahlia Kerr has recorded 26 saves with a goals against average of 1.23.

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