Feb. 16, 2006
Capping off what was considered one of the most dominant reigns in water polo history, the UCLA women's water polo team moved its winning streak to 40 before losing to USC in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational. Last year, the Bruins took the Stanford Invitational crown. In 2003, the Bruins lost to Stanford in the championship game of the invitational but still won the NCAA Championship. The competitors in the championship game of this tournament in the past have gone on to have great MPSF and NCAA tournament success.
Recap: Stanford Invitational
At the Stanford Invitational UCLA went 3-1, defeating No. 6 California, No. 4 Hawaii, No. 16 ASU, but eventually losing in the championship game to USC. The USC game was very close throughout. It was not until the fourth quarter that USC pulled away, holding the Bruins scoreless towards the end and tallying two goals. Over the four games, Kelly Rulon had 10 goals for UCLA, bringing her total to 20.
About the Opponents: Feb. 18 San Jose State
This game is the home opener for the Bruins this year. UCLA is 17-0 all-time against San Jose State. The last time these teams faced, UCLA won 8-3. This season, the No. 11 Spartans are 2-0 and have wins over Santa Clara and UC Davis.
About the Opponents: Feb. 19 @ UC Irvine
On Sunday, the Bruins travel to Irvine for their fourth MPSF matchup. UCLA is 8-0 all-time against UC Irvine. The last time these teams faced, UCLA won 14-4. This season, the No. 12 Anteaters are 5-2.
Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20 Poll February 15, 2006
Rank, School Points Last Week 1. USC 100 2 2. UCLA 94 1 3. Stanford 90 3 4. Loyola Marymount 84 5 5. Hawaii 79 4 6. California 78 6 7. Long Beach State 65 9 8. Arizona State 64 16 9. San Diego State 61 8 10. San Jose State 54 11 11. UC Santa Barbara 51 10 12. Michigan 45 7 13. UC Irvine 42 12 14. UC San Diego 35 17 15. UC Davis 34 15 16. Hartwick College 24 14 17. Indiana 16 13 18. Princeton 13 18 19. Cal State Northridge 8 19 20. Santa Clara 3 20
- The Bruins are averaging 12.86 goals per game while allowing 5 goals.
- The team set the UCLA record for the longest inter-season winning streak of 40 games.
- Kelly Rulon's five goals in the first half of the first game of the season was more goals than any Bruin scored in a game last year.