Women's Water Polo to Play Home Opener Against San Jose State

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

Season Facts
- 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.

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