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Women's Water Polo Battles for MPSF Championship
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999
April 8, 1998

Post-season play begins this weekend in Stockton at the MPSF Tournament: Two- time defending national champion UCLA (22-1 overall, 9-0 MPSF) is the top seed in this weekend's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Conference Tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday. The Bruins, winners of two consecutive MPSF titles, are the only team undefeated in conference play. UCLA has been placed in Bracket A, along with tournament host Pacific, while chief rivals No. 3 California and No. 2 Stanford compete in Bracket B. The top team emerging from each bracket will meet on Sunday, at 1:30 p.m., for the MPSF Championship.

The Bruins will play against No. 5 San Diego State (5-4 in MPSF action), No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (5-4), No. 13 San Jose State (2-7), and No. 14 Pacific (1-8) in the round-robin style competition. UCLA is a combined 9-0 versus the four teams in 1998, and has not lost to any of the teams since 1995, the first year of UCLA women's water polo varsity competition, when the Bruins recored losses to San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara.

Ticket prices for the tournament, held at UOP's Chris Kjeldsen Pool, are $5 for a one day pass, $9 for a two day pass, and $12 for a three day pass.

Bruin Notes: The Bruins broke the school record for goals scored in a season last weekend, capping off Spring Break with their 310 goal. UCLA's previous record for goals in a season was 301, set in 1997. The 1998 squad has also broken the school record for goals scored in a game, with a 24-0 domination of Long Beach State, and recorded a record three shutouts this season. UCLA is currently on a 12 game winning streak, and has the potential to break the opponents' scoring record as well. As of now, the fewest goals allowed in a season is 97, and this year, through 23 games, the Bruins have allowed only 72 goals. UCLA averages a little over 13 points scored per match.

Sophomore Erin Golaboski and junior All-American Coralie Simmons are UCLA's leading scorers, with 46 points apiece. They are followed by junior All-American Catharine von Schwarz, 38 goals, and freshmen Robin Beauregard, 35 goals, and Kristin Guerin, 32 goals. The Bruins have 10 players in double-digit scoring, seven with 20 or more. Simmons' record of most goals scored in a season (60, set in 1996 and tied in 1997) is likely to be broken, for if the Bruins play all the way through to the National Collegiate Championship match, the top scorers will have more than 10 games in which to chase the record. It looks to fall, with Golaboski having scored in 21 of 23 contests, and just recently ending a 20 game scoring streak. Simmons is building on a seven game scoring streak, and has also netted points in 21 games. Beauregard has notched goals in eight of the last 10 matches, with Guerin chipping in points in each of the last 10 contests. On the defensive end, senior All-American goalie Nicolle Payne is holding opponents to 3 goals a game.

UCLA Tournament Schedule                    1998 Scoring Statistics
Friday, April 10                            Name                Yr. Goals Scored    Shooting %
8 a.m. vs. Pacific                          Kristin Barth       So. 0               --
1 p.m. vs. UC Santa Barbara                 Robin Beauregard    Fr. 35              45%
                                            Jenn Cady           Sr. 9               50%
Saturday, April 11                          Amanda Gall         Jr. 15              39%
1 p.m. vs. San Jose State                   Erin Golaboski      So. 46              54%
6 p.m. vs. San Diego State                  Kristin Guerin      Fr. 32              53%
                                            Carly Herrera       So. 16              43%
Sunday, April 12                            Michelle Lee        Fr. 8               42% 
1:30 p.m. championship match                Serela Mansur       So. 28              47%
                                            Mandy McAloon       Jr. 20              49%
                                            Coralie Simmons     Jr. 46              65%
                                            Jessica Stewart     So. 5               45%
                                            Katie Tenenbaum     Jr. 11              41%
                                            Catharine von Schwarz Jr.38             51%
                                            Nicolle Payne       Sr. 3.04 goals against average
                                            Allison LaBonte     Fr. 3.60 goals against average

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