March 1, 2005
On Thursday, the No. 1 UCLA women's water polo team defeated No.9 Hawaii, 13-8, in one of their more challenging games of the season. The next day, the Bruins traveled to Santa Barbara and began the Gaucho Invitational with two strong wins over No. 19 Princeton and No. 18 Arizona State. On Saturday, UCLA beat No. 9 Hawaii again, 6-5 and No. 4 Long Beach State, 7-3. The Bruins took the championship of the tournament on Sunday with an overtime victory against USC, 10-6. UCLA is currently undefeated with an overall record of 14-0 and 2-0 in the MPSF. The Bruins have outscored their opponents 170 to 58 in their games so far. Their next match is at home against No. 2 USC on Thursday, March 5th.
Up Next: USC - March 5, 2005 1:00 PM
This Saturday, the Bruins will play their third home game, facing the No. 2 USC Trojans. USC is now 11-2 on the season with both losses coming to the Bruins in championship games of tournaments. UCLA is 25-10 all time against the Trojans.
UCLA In The Polls
UCLA remains the top ranked team in the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Poll released February 23, 2005.
National Collegiate Women's Top 20 Poll (Top 5 Shown), February 23
Rank, School Points Last Week 1. UCLA 100 1 2. USC 96 2 3. Stanford 91 3 4. Loyola Marymount 83 4 5. Long Beach State 78 5
Weekly Recap: UCLA vs. Hawaii - February 24, 2005
This game turned out to be one of the Bruins' more difficult matches of the year. Hawaii stayed with the Bruins through the most of the third quarter until UCLA eventually pulled away and took the game. Natalie Golda scored the first goal of the game, and with the help of Kelly Rulon's three goals in the fourth quarter, UCLA was able to pull away with a 13-8 victory.
For the game, there were 21 ejections (10 on UCLA and 11 on Hawaii), two four-meter penalty shots, and one yellow card. Kelly Rulon led Bruin scorers with four goals. Natalie Golda had three and Kristina Kunkel added two. Gabrielle Domanic, Kacy Kunkel, Thalia Munro, and Brittany Rowe each had one. UCLA goalkeeper Emily Feher had 11 saves.
Weekly Recap: Gaucho Invitational - February 25-27, 2005
The UC Santa Barbara Gaucho Invitational was a 24 team gathering of the best women's water polo schools in the country. UCLA took the tournament championship for the second year in a row. The Bruins defeated No. 19 Princeton, 16-1, No. 18 Arizona State, 20-8, No. 9 Hawaii, 6-5, No. 5 Loyola Marymount, 7-3, and No. 2 USC, 10-6. The Bruins struggled again against Hawaii, pulling off the win with a fourth quarter goal by Brittany Rowe. The championship game went into overtime, in which the Bruins took over and scored four goals, eventually defeating the Trojans. The leading scorers for UCLA were Natalie Golda and Thalia Munro with eight goals. Rowe and Gabrielle Domanic also added seven.
- The Bruins are averaging 12.14 goals per game while only giving up 4.14.
- UCLA has outscored its opponents 52-10 in the first quarter.
- The last time the Bruins were 14-0 was in the 1996 championship season.
- The 22-0 score in this year's Colorado State match is the second highest margin of victory in UCLA women's water polo history.
- Sophomore Kelly Rulon leads Bruin scorers with 24 goals, closely followed by Brittany Rowe, Thalia Munro, and Natalie Golda with 23 each.