April 22, 2003
Complete Updated MPSF News and Results
The No. 1 ranked UCLA women's water polo team enters postseason play this weekend with an 19-3 overall record (8-2 in the MPSF). Though the Bruins are ranked number one in the nation, they are in third place in the MPSF standings and will be the third seed at the MPSF tournament.
UCLA will begin play on Friday, April 25th at 7:15 pm against the winner of the Hawaii-Pacific game. The time of UCLA games on Saturday and Sunday and the Bruin's opponent will be detemined by the outcome of UCLA's previous matches.
Vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, April 19, 2003
The Bruins jumped out to an early 3-0 first period lead against the No. 11 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos off goals from seniors Jessica Lopez, Ashley Stachowski and Maureen Flanagan. In the second period a pair of goals from freshman Kelly Rulon and a goal from sophomore Kristyn Pulver would make it 6-0 UCLA at half. The third and fourth periods would be more of the same for the Bruins, as goals from Flanagan, junior Natalie Golda, freshman Kristina Kunkel, sophomore Jody Schmidt, senior Mari Joyce and freshman Katherine Belden would give the UCLA the 12-0 victory. UCLA's defense was outstanding throughout the game, forcing numerous shot clock violations, with senior Jaime Hipp recording four saves and freshman Tahlia Kerr two saves. Four of the six seniors (not including goalkeeper Jaime Hipp) scored at least one goal, while Robin Beauregard and Devon McIntyre combined for five total assists and were instrumental in shutting down the Gaucho offense.
2003 Regular Season Recap
UCLA began the 2003 season at the Stanford Invitational, ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Bruins got off to an impressive start at the tournament, winning their first three games by a combined score of 34-7 to advance to the championship game against No. 1 Stanford in a rematch of the 2002 NCAA Championship game. Though the Bruins would lose the game 4-3, the tournament showcased the impressive play of a number of UCLA freshman. After defeating UC Irvine 18-1 to begin MPSF play, the Bruins returned home to face cross-town rival USC, falling to the Women of Troy 8-6. Though UCLA would rebound to defeat Hawaii 12-5 the next day, the Bruins would fall to No. 3 in the nation. The next weekend saw the Bruins again loose to No. 1 Stanford 5-3 and defeat San Jose State 10-3.
UCLA would then take a break from conference play and travel to Santa Barbara to participate in the UC Santa Barbara Invitational. The tournament would be a turning point for the Bruins, as UCLA went a perfect 4-0 in Santa Barbara to win the tournament. The Bruins were especially impressive on the final day of the tournament as they defeated No. 2 USC and No. 1 Stanford by a combined score of 14-6. After their success in Santa Barbara, the Bruins earned the No. 1 ranking in the nation and would close out the season on a fourteen game winning streak. During the streak the Bruins would not allow more than five goals in a game and at one point defeated ten ranked opponents in a row. UCLA also defeated Team USA 3-2 at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center in an exhibition game that does not count towards the Bruins overall record and is not included in UCLA's regular season winning streak.
2003 Regular Season Bests
For her efforts at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, which included a record six goals in a game against Loyola Marymount, junior Natalie Golda was named MPSF Player of the Week
Golda leads the Bruins with 42 goals scored followed by freshman Kelly Rulon's 21 goals.
Golda also leads the Bruins with a 53% shooting clip.
Senior goalkeeper Jaime Hipp has recorded 148 saves with a goals against average of 3.15.
The Bruins have posted two shutouts this season. The first was a 19-0 victory over UC Santa Cruz and the second was a 12-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in UCLA's regular season finale.
Since losing USC 8-6, the Bruins have not allowed more than five goals in a game.
During UCLA's winning streak, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 146-33.