Feb. 28, 2003
In another classic women's water polo battle between UCLA and Stanford, the Bruins were unable to get the win in Palo Alto, falling to the Cardinal 5-3 in a game that was not decided until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. After tying the score at 1-1 in the first quarter, the Bruins were forced to play catch up the rest of the game, falling behind 3-1 and 4-2 in the second quarter. Though the Bruin defense would shut down the Cardinal in the second half after allowing three goals in the second quarter, it would not be enough, as UCLA would only manage to score one goal in the second half. A Cardinal penalty shot with six seconds remaining sealed the 5-3 victory for the Cardinal.
After Stanford jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, Bruin Junior Natalie Golda answered back to knot the score at 1-1 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter. In the second quarter the Stanford offense came alive, scoring three goals, while another Golda goal accounted for UCLA's only offense. In the third quarter the Bruin defense buckled down holding the Cardinal scoreless while Freshman Lauren Heineck's first collegiate goal with 50 seconds remaining in the quarter brought the Bruins to within one. The final quarter would be a fierce defense battle with the Bruins being unable to take advantage of two 6 on 5 opportunities. With six seconds remaining, a Maureen Flanagan ejection resulted in a penalty shot for the Cardinal. Stanford was able to convert penalty opportunity and the game ended 5-3 in favor of the Cardinal.
Natalie Golda led the Bruin scoring effort with two goals. Lauren Heineck had one goal to round out the Bruin scoring effort. Brenda Villa, Scotti Shafer, Laurel Champion, Lauren Faust and Julie Gardner all scored once for the Cardinal. Bruin goalkeeper Jaime Hipp had eight saves. Stanford goalkeeper Jackie Frank recorded fourteen saves.
The Bruins finish their Northern California road swing tomorrow with a game at No. 8 San Jose State at 12:00 PM. UCLA holds an all-time 12-0 record versus San Jose State and in the teams last meeting last season the Bruins defeated the Spartans 12-5.
UCLA vs. Stanford - 2/28/03
Saves: UCLA - Jaime Hipp 8; Stanford - Jackie Frank 14