Feb. 18, 2005
In four matches over two days, the No. 1 UCLA women's water polo team swept its competition and took first place at the Stanford Invitational. The Bruins defeated UC Davis, Stanford, San Jose State, and USC. Their toughest competition came against the Cardinal and the Trojans, but the Bruins never trailed in any of the matches and outscored their opponents 36-18. UCLA is currently undefeated with a 7-0 record. Their next match is this Sunday at home against UC Santa Barbara.
Up Next: UC Santa Barbara - February 20, 2005 1:00 PM
This weekend the Bruins will have their first home game, facing the No. 10 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. UCSB is 3-2 on the season with losses to Long Beach State and UC Irvine. UCLA is 29-1 all time against the Gauchos.
UCLA In The Polls
UCLA remains the top ranked team in the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Poll released February 16, 2005.
National Collegiate Women's Top 20 Poll (Top 5 Shown), February 16
Rank, School Points Last Week 1. UCLA 100 1 2. USC 95 2 3. Stanford 90 3 4. Loyola Marymount 86 4 5. Long Beach State 80 5
Weekly Recap: Stanford Invitational - February 12-13, 2005
On the first day of competition at the tournament, UCLA defeated No. 13 UC Davis and No. 3 Stanford. Against UC Davis, the Bruins took a 5-0 first quarter lead and went on to claim a 13-3 win. Natalie Golda, Thalia Munro, and Kelly Rulon each had two goals. Later that afternoon, UCLA encountered what would be its closest game of the season so far. The Bruins scored one goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, both teams scored three goals, giving UCLA a 4-3 lead. With two more third quarter goals, the Bruins were able to fend off the Cardinal and win 6-5. Munro had three goals and Brittany Rowe added two.
The next day, the Bruins claimed victories over No. 11 San Jose State and No. 2 USC. San Jose stuck with UCLA through the first two quarters until UCLA scored four times in the third quarter to get an 8-2 lead. The Bruins went on to win 9-4. Freshman Brittany Rowe scored three times. Freshman Gabrielle Domanic and junior Thalia Munro had two goals. This victory put UCLA in the championship match against USC. The Trojans also gave UCLA a tough game, but once again the Bruins held off their competition, eventually winning 8-6. UCLA took an early lead and had a 4-2 edge after the first two quarters. Each team scored two goals in the third and fourth quarters. Natalie Golda and Munro each scored two goals.
- The Bruins are averaging 12.14 goals per game while only giving up 3.26.
- UCLA has outscored its opponents 27-4 in the first quarter.
- The last time the Bruins were 7-0 was in the 1998 National Championship season.
- The 22-0 score in this year's Colorado State match is the second highest margin of victory in UCLA women's water polo history.
- Freshman Brittany Rowe is the leading scorer of the team with 14 goals.