Busy Week for the Bruins: Two-time defending national champion UCLA (9-1 overall, 0-0 MPSF) travels across town to visit the Women of Troy (4-7 overall, 0-3 MPSF) at USC on Thursday, March 5 at 5 p.m. It marks the first time the rivals have met in 1998. To date, the Bruins own a 9-0 advantage over USC, including a 3-0 record last season. The Women of Troy are led in scoring by sophomore Selah Mapes, with 11 goals.
Following the game at USC, UCLA will travel to Hawai'i to participate in the inaugural Wahine Water Polo Rainbow Challenge on March 6 and 7. The Bruins are scheduled to meet Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m., UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 11 a.m., and host Hawai'i at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday as well. These times are local PST. Hawai'i is currently two hours earlier than the West Coast.
UCLA has already seen the Gauchos of UCSB twice this season, and has handed them two defeats, 11-4 and 10-2. The Rainbow Wahine of Hawai'i have already visited the Bruins, and left Westwood with a 14-2 defeat. UCLA has not met with Michigan since May 14, 1995 at the National Collegiate Championship Tournament, where the Bruins bested the Wolverines 7-6.
Bruin Notes: Sophomore Erin Golaboski currently leads the Bruins in scoring with 25 points. She is followed by junior All-American Coralie Simmons and fellow sophomore Serela Mansur, both with 16 goals.
In this past weekend's UC Santa Barbara Tournament, the Bruins were 3-1, dropping the tournament championship to California. UCLA was defeated 9-8 in sudden death (in water polo, overtime consists of two three-minute quarters, then moves into sudden death if the score remains tied). Golaboski and freshman Robin Beauregard notched goals in all four games, contributing 11 and seven points, respectively. Mansur netted eight points over the weekend and sophomore Carly Herrera had six in the two-day tourney.
The loss to the Golden Bears broke UCLA's 38 game winning streak, which dated back to February 15, 1997. The Bruins have compiled a 69-3 record since the opening of the 1996 season, and all three losses have come at the hands of Cal. But UCLA holds a 10-3 lifetime advantage over the Bears.
Next Up: The Bruins will host five games, including four conference matches, between March 14 and 22. The schedule features games with No. 2 California and No. 3 Stanford.