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