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Bruins Host No. 9 UC Santa Barbara in Regular Season Finale
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/15/2003

April 15, 2003

The No. 1 ranked UCLA women's water polo team will conclude its 2003 regular season this weekend when it hosts No. 9 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday April 19 at 1:00 PM. The Bruins are currently 18-3 overall and 7-2 in the MPSF. This past Saturday, UCLA defeated Team USA, the No. 2 ranked team in the world 3-2.

Saturday's game against UC Santa Barbara will mark the final home game for seniors Robin Beauregard, Maureen Flanagan, Jaime Hipp, Mari Joyce, Jessica Lopez, Devon McIntyre and Ashley Stachowski.

Vs. Team USA, April 12, 2003

In a defensive contest between the Bruins and Team USA, UCLA was able to prevail 3-2 behind the outstanding play of senior goalkeeper Jaime Hipp and freshman Kelly Rulon. The Bruins got on the board first with a goal by freshman Kelly Rulon midway through the first period. It would be the only goal of a period that feautred exceptional play in the net from Bruin goalie Jaime Hipp and Team USA and former Bruin goalkeeper Nicolle Payne. In the second period the national team would answer back with less than a minute remaining with a goal by Bruin Amber Stachowski (who is redshirting the 2003 season to train with the naitonal team) to knot the score at 1-1. The third period would be no different from the first half, with both teams keeping each other in check, with a goal by senior Jessica Lopez giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. In the fourth period, Jaime Hipp continued to shine recording four saves. Though Heather Petri of Team USA would tie the game 2-2 with just over a minute remaining, Kelly Rulon was able to find the back of the net with forty seconds remaining to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead. After stopping Team USA on its final possession the Bruins came away with the 3-2 victory.

Senior Salute

Saturday's game marks the final regular season game at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center for seven Bruin seniors.

Robin Beauregard: As a freshman in 1998 Beauregard made an immediate impact, scoring 48 goals and helping the Bruins win the 1998 National Collegiate Championship. For her efforts she earned Second-Team All America honors. After redshirting the 1999 and 2000 seasons to help Team USA win a silver medal in the 2000 season, Robin returned to the Bruins for the 2001 season. In 2001 the Bruins won the inaugural NCAA Championship and Robin earned First-Team All America honors. For the 2002 season, Robin continued her outstanding play for the Bruins earning First-Team All America honors for the second year in a row. This season Robin is the team's captain and currently leads the Bruins with 28 steals.

Maureen Flanagan: As a freshman in 2000 Flanagan scored 30 goals for the National Champion Bruins and in 2001 she was again part of a National Champion Bruin team. As a starter this season Flanagan is currently tied for third on the team with 18 goals.

Jaime Hipp: A four-year starter, Hipp led the Bruins to two national championships in her first two seasons. A Third Team All-American selection in 2000 and 2001, Hipp is currently second all time on UCLA's career saves list with 635 saves. In 2002 Hipp was named a Second Team All-American. This season, Jaime has been outstanding in net; recording 144 saves with a goals against average of 3.29.

Mari Joyce: Joyce has been a member of two national championship teams and this season she has scored seven goals and seen significant minutes coming off the bench.

Jessica Lopez: As a freshman in 2000, Lopez was outstanding, scoring 44 goals and earning Second-Team All-American honors. In 2002 she continued her intense level of play, earning All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors. This season Lopez is tied for third on the team with 18 goals.

Devon McIntyre: Also a member of two championship teams, McIntyre has played an important role off the bench in her four years as a Bruin. This season McIntyre has scored eight goals and is tied for fourth on the team with 17 steals.

Ashley Stachowski: A model of consistency in her four years as a Bruin, Stachowski has totaled 64 career goals. As a starter, Stachowski has scored ten times and is tied for fourth on the team with 17 steals.

Bruin Notes

The results of UCLA's game against Team UCLA will not count towards the Bruins 2003 season record or individual statistics.

Junior Natalie Golda leads the team with 41 goals followed by freshman Kelly Rulon's 19 goals.


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