Women's Water Polo Prepares for MPSF Tournament

April 3, 2000

Up Next: The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team (20-3 overall, 8-1 MPSF) will be participating in the MPSF Tournament this week, which will be held at San Jose State from April 7-9. On Friday, April 7, UCLA meets Pacific for an 8:35 am match. Later that day, the Bruins face San Diego State at 12:55 pm. On Saturday, April 8, UCLA plays Hawai'i at 12:55 pm and then later battles Stanford at 5:15 pm. Sunday's game times and matchups are dependent upon Friday's and Saturday's results.

MPSF Standings: The Bruins landed in a three-way tie with Cal and Stanford for first-place in the MPSF standings. After UCLA handed Cal its only conference loss last Friday, all three teams closed out the regular-season with an 8-1 MPSF record. Despite the three-way tie, the top-ranked Cal Bears grabbed the #1 seed for the MPSF Championship tournament in a tiebreaker, which was determined by goal differential, most goals scored and fewest goals allowed.

Lopez Named MPSF Player of the Week: Freshman playmaker Jessica Lopez of Commerce, Calif. earned MPSF Player of the Week honors after scoring four goals in the Bruins' 9-7 upset of top-ranked California and adding another against Pacific. This season, Lopez has totaled 31 goals, which ranks third on the team. Lopez is UCLA's third MPSF Player of the Week honoree this season. Sophomore Elaine Zivich received the honor on February 7, while senior Erin Golaboski received it the following week.

Last Week: The third-ranked UCLA women's water polo team snapped the top-ranked California Bears' 15-game win streak and handed them their first conference loss of the season, defeating them 7-6 last Friday. UCLA took an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter behind goals from senior Erin Golaboski and freshman Jessica Lopez. In the second quarter, Cal scored three goals to UCLA's one, locking the score at 3-3 before the half. Thirty seconds into the third quarter of play, Lopez fired in her second goal of the game, giving UCLA a 4-3 advantage. The Bruins then went on to score three more goals in the fourth quarter. The Bears would answer with a goal of their own each time, yet were unable to overcome the deficit.

The Bruins went on to defeat No. 16 Pacific, 16-2, in an MPSF conference matchup this past Saturday at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. In their final regular-season home game, UCLA's four seniors came up big, accounting for half of the Bruins' 16 points. Senior playmaker Serela Kay led the Bruins with three goals, while fellow seniors Carly Herrera and Catharine von Schwarz added two goals apiece. A total of 11 players registered points for UCLA. Pacific's only points came in the second half, when senior Molly Smith scored a goal in both the third and fourth quarters.

Leading the Bruins: Sophomore transfer Kelly Heuchan continues to lead the Bruin offense, totaling 39 goals this season. Heuchan, a member of the Australian Junior National Team with captured the World Junior Championships last year, has scored in 18 of UCLA's 23 games this season. UCLA in the Polls: After five straight weeks, UCLA remains at No. 3 in the latest edition of the U.S. Water Polo Poll, which was released on March 28.

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