February 8, 1999
This Week: No. 1 ranked UCLA women's water polo team (1-1 overall, 1-1 MPSF) travels to UC San Diego to compete in the Triton Women's Water Polo Invitational. The Bruins will see non-league action Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-14, with 12 teams competing in the round-robin competition.
UCLA's first game of the tournament will be against the host Tritons, Friday at 3 pm. On Saturday, UCLA is scheduled to play UC Davis at 11:30 am.
Top seeds in the tournament include California, Stanford and USC.
Weekend Recap: The top-ranked Bruins lost a nail-biter to Stanford 4-3 in the season opener for both teams. Early in the third quarter, senior Amanda Gall scored to tie the game at two, but Stanford answered with two goals, the second with 2:46 remaining in the game. Newcomer Elaine Zivich scored her second goal of the game with 1:38 remaining, bringing the Bruins to within one, but Stanford finally notched the victory.
After the loss to Stanford, the Bruins bounced back from their defeat and destroyed San Jose State 6-1. Zivich again scored a team high two goals, with Tenenbaum, McAloon, Serela Kay and Erin Hayes each notching a goal.
UCLA's Top Returning Players: With All-Americans Coralie Simmons, Catharine von Schwarz and Robin Beauregard competing with the U.S. National Team, senior tri- captains Mandy McAloon (Millersville, MD), Gall (Placentia) and All-American Katie Tenenbaum (Merced) are expected to lead the Bruins back to the national playoff picture. Both on offense and defense, McAloon, Gall and Tenenbaum will make enormous contributions. Last season, attacker Gall scored 28 goals, while set defense/playmaker McAloon tallied 29 goals.
In addition, All-American goalkeeper Erin Golaboski will be counted on to be the backbone of the team's defense. Although Golaboski tallied remarkable numbers as a field player last season, scoring 65 goals to make her the second- leading scorer on the team, she is also an experienced goalkeeper. In the 1997 season, she stepped into the cage for 10 games in place of the injured All- American Nicolle Payne. With Golaboski as goalkeeper, the Bruins went 10-0.
Upcoming matches: The Bruins will compete in the UC Santa Barbara Gaucho Tournament Feb. 27-28. Top seeds in the tournament include Stanford, California, USC and the host Gauchos.
Celebrating Women's Athletics: The UCLA Athletic Department will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletics on May 1, 1999. "A Celebration of Champions" dinner will honor the accomplishments of the UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Program and its athletes over the past 25 years.
Bruins Host MPSF Tournament: The UCLA Women's Water Polo Team will host the MPSF Tournament this year. The event will be held at the Sunset Recreation Center, from April 9-11.