UCLA faces California in 2004 Home Opener

March 3, 2004

The UCLA Women's Water Polo team finished third at the Gaucho Tournament this past weekend. After defeating Pacific and Hawaii by a combined score of 24-8 on Saturday the Bruins fell to Stanford 6-5 in the tournament's semifinal game on Sunday. However, the Bruins would rebound in the third place game, defeating Long Beach State 9-7. This weekend the Bruins who are 7-2 (1-0) return to MPSF action with a game against California on Saturday, March 6 and Pacific on Sunday, March 7. Both games will be played at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

Up Next: California, March 6, 2004

This will be the second meeting between UCLA and California this season. In the teams previous meeting at the Stanford Invitational the Bruins defeated the Golden Bears 6-5. California is currently 5-5 on the year and is coming off a sixth place finish at the Gaucho Tournament.

Up Next: Pacific, March 7, 2004

This will also be the second meeting between UCLA and Pacific this season. The Bruins defeated the Tigers 14-3 at the Gaucho Tournament and Pacific is 1-10 on the season.

Weekly Recap: @ Gaucho Tournament, February 28-29, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UCLA Women's Water Polo team returned to Santa Barbara for the Gaucho Tournament seeded second. On Saturday, the first day of competition the Bruins dominated their opponents outscoring Pacific and Hawaii 24-8. It was also a record setting day for sophomore Kristina Kunkel as she scored six goals against Hawaii, tying a school record set by Natalie Golda at the same tournament last year. Sunday would bring a rematch of last season's NCAA Championship game with UCLA facing Stanford in the semifinals. The game would be tightly contested as both teams would be tied at 3-3 going into the second half. In the third period UCLA would take a 5-4 lead but would not be able to hold off the Cardinal in the fourth period, being outscored 2-0 and losing 6-5.

Tournament highlights included Kristina Kunkel's six goals against Hawaii and sophomore Katherine Belden recording hat tricks against Pacific and Long Beach State.

Bruin Quick Facts

UCLA has scored a total of 72 goals on the year while holding their opponents to 43 goals scored.

The Bruins outscored their opponents 38-21 at the Gaucho Tournament. The UCLA defense allowed no goals in a total of three periods this weekend. Kristina Kunkel led the Bruins with 10 goals at the Gaucho Tournament, Katherine Belden was second with 9 goals scored.

Kunkel is also UCLA's leader in goals scored this season with 16. Freshman Molly Cahill is second on the Bruins with 14 goals.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
W, 23 - 2
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
W, 25 - 3
Saturday, Apr 09
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 8
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 16 - 6
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 8 (3OT)
Friday, Apr 29
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 10 - 3
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4