Feb. 18, 2006
In the home opener of the 2006 season at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, the No. 2 UCLA women's water polo team defeated the No.10 San Jose State Spartans, 15-2. UCLA moves its record to 7-1, 3-0 in the MPSF conference.
The Bruins opened up the game strong, with Jillian Kraus scoring the first goal at 6:24 in the first quarter. Kraus also scored the last goal of the quarter with 33 seconds left after a Spartan ejection. Kelly Rulon had two goals in the quarter as well.
The second quarter was all UCLA. Six different Bruins scored and the team had seven goals in nine shots. The Spartans were not able to get a shot off. Rulon had two goals in the second quarter to finish the game with four. UCLA took a 12-0 half-time lead.
Coach Krikorian gave many of the starters a rest in the second half and gave other players a chance at a lot of playing time. The only Bruin second half goals were scored by freshmen in the third quarter, two by Anne Belden and one from Katie Rulon.
In the fourth, San Jose State began to score, but it was too little too late. Alexis Higlett and Geraldine Hazlett put the Spartans on the board.
Emily Feher had five saves for UCLA. Kendra Adama had four saves for the Spartans in the first half and Krissy Hansell had five in the second half. The ejection count for the game was 10 against UCLA and three againts San Jose State. The Spartans converted on one of the 10 ejections while the Bruins scored on two of their three opportunities. UCLA had 32 shots on goal compared to San Jose State's 12.
The next exciting Bruin home game is on March 3rd against California. UCLA faces UC Irvine on Sunday, February 19 at Irvine and then the following week travels to Santa Barbara for the Gaucho Invitational.
UCLA vs. San Jose State
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UCLA Goals: Kelly Rulon 4, Anne Belden 3, Gabrielle Domanic 2, Jillian Kraus 2, Katie Rulon 2, Thalia Munro, Kristina Kunkel
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 5
SJSU Goals: Alexis Higlett, Geraldine Hazlett
SJSU Saves: Kendra Adama 4, Krissy Hansell 5