April 8, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - On Saturday, the No. 3 UCLA Bruins women's water polo team fell to No. 1 USC, 6-4 at McDonald's Swim Stadium on the USC campus. The Bruins are now 21-3, 8-1. The loss was the Bruins' second against the Trojans this year. USC's record is moves to 22-0 overall and 10-0 in MPSF action.
The MPSF match featured the nation's top-ranked Bruin defense against the top-ranked Trojan offense, and both teams showed their strengths. USC burst through the staunch Bruin team defense with a ripping backhand score from set by Moriah Van Norman for an early 1-0 Trojan lead. UCLA made good on its 6-on-5 chance before the close of the first period when Gabrielle Domanic rebounded a UCLA miss and fired in the equalizer with 45 seconds to go.
USC took the lead again at the beginning of the second quarter with a goal from Hayes on a USC 6-on-5 advantage on their first possession of the frame. Later, Erika Figge laced a nearside skip shot to boost USC ahead 3-1 at the 2:52 mark. Senior Thalia Munro broke loose on a counterattack near the end of the quarter, taking full advantage of her one-on-one strike with a score that made it 3-2 at the half.
In the second, UCLA pulled even on a crosscage lob from Kristina Kunkel, but the Trojans answered back a minute later. Anna Pardo scored to gain a 4-3 lead that held through the end of the third period.
In the fourth quarter, Kami Craig punched in a score from two meters off the opening entry pass for a 5-3 USC advantage. Morgan then came up big again with a stop against a closerange Bruin backhand attempt. Hayes then scored a shot that went bardown and in for a 6-3 USC edge with 5:09 left to play. Munro delivered a pass to Domanic at the 4:05 mark to cut USC's lead to 6-4, which would be the final score.
The Bruins' next exciting home games are against Pacific and Stanford on the weekend of April 14-15.
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