UCLA Falls to Stanford in MPSF Semifinals

April 29, 2006

Irvine, Calif. - The second-ranked UCLA women's water polo team lost the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 5-4 in the Semifinals of the MPSF Tournament at UC Irvine. The Bruins records drops to 25-4, 11-1 in the MPSF conference and will face USC on Sunday in the third place game at 1:30 PM. Stanford moves on to the championship match against Hawaii.

In other tournament action, No. 1 USC was upset by No. 4 Hawaii, 10-9. This is USC's first loss of the season, which ends its run to match its 2004 undefeated year. All MPSF teams now at least have one loss.

UCLA struck first with a goal at the 3:45 mark in the first quarter, but the Cardinal came back and took a 2-1 lead after two quick goals. During the second quarter, neither team was able to score.

In the third quarter, Stanford scored again at 4:04 to take a 3-1 lead. The Bruin offense stepped up and scored two goals within 40 seconds, tying the match at 3-3 with 2:21 to go in the period.

Stanford quickly took charge in the fourth, putting in two goals early. UCLA fought back with a goal at 2:21 left to bring the game within one, but the Stanford defense held on. This is Stanford's second victory over UCLA on the year.

The team will face USC in the third place match at 1:30 on Sunday. The Bruins are 0-2 against the Trojans this season.

UCLA vs. Stanford

1 2 3 4 F
Stanford 2 0 1 2 5
UCLA 1 0 2 1 4

UCLA Goals: Molly Cahill, Kacy Kunkel, Thalia Munro, Kelly Rulon
UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 6
Stanford Goals: Katie Hansen 3, Allison Gregorka, Lauren Silver
Stanford Saves: Meridith McColl 6


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 22 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 9 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 20 - 5
Sunday, Mar 20
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 4 - 3
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
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