May 8, 2002
The Bruins return to the NCAA Championships, held May 11-12, to defend their national title. UCLA received an automatic bid to the tournament after defeating Stanford in the MPSF championship game on April 28. UCLA (21-3 overall, 10-1 MPSF) is seeded No. 2 in the tournament. The Bruins look to defend their first-ever NCAA title and sixth national title in seven years. Last year, the Bruins defeated Stanford 5-4 for the inaugural NCAA women's water polo title.
This year's NCAA Championships, hosted by USC, will take place at the McDonald's Swim Stadium on the USC campus. Stanford (21-2, 10-1 MPSF), which received the at-large bid, is seeded No. 1. Loyola Marymount (20-7) is the No. 3 seed, and Michigan (25-11) is the No. 4 seed. UCLA will face Loyola Marymount in the opening round of competition. Following are the tournament schedule and match-ups:
Saturday, May 11 3:30 PM #1 Stanford vs. #4 Michigan 5:00 PM #2 UCLA vs. #3 Loyola Marymount
Sunday, May 12 3:30 PM Consolation Game 5:00 PM Championship Game
Opponents Against the opposing schools in this year's tournament, the Bruins have a combined series record of 19-13. Against Stanford, the series record is tied at 13-13. The Bruins fell to the Cardinal three times this season before defeating Stanford in the MPSF title game. UCLA is 3-0 against both Michigan and Loyola Marymount. The Bruins defeated Loyola Marymount in last year's NCAA tournament to advance to the championship game.
MPSF Tournament At the MPSF Championships, the Bruins defeated San Jose State, USC and Stanford to clinch the 2002 MPSF Title.
In the first round, April 26, UCLA defeated San Jose State 12-5. Kelly Heuchan led the Bruins with four goals against the Spartans. Against the Trojans, Robin Beauregard netted three goals en route to UCLA's 7-6 victory. Junior goalkeeper Jaime Hipp had 12 saves in the game.
In the Championship game, the Bruins got off to a slow start, ending the first quarter 2-0 in Stanford's favor. Jessica Lopez sparked the Bruins, scoring one of her team and game high three goals in the second quarter. UCLA pulled away from Stanford in the fourth quarter, finally defeating the Cardinal 11-7.
Bruin Notes The women's water polo team will attempt to capture its sixth championship in seven years and fourth under head coach Adam Krikorian... UCLA won the inaugural NCAA women's water polo title last year after winning the 2000 National Collegiate title... Since it's inception in 1995, the UCLA womens' water polo team has won five national championships, back-to-back-to-back National Collegiate Champions (1996, 1997, 1998), 2000 National Collegiate Champions and 2001 Inaugural NCAA Champions...UCLA has won a nation leading 86 NCAA team championships.
Radio UCLA's game against Loyola Marymount and the Championship game on Sunday will be broadcast on www.uclabruins.com.