Third-Seeded Bruins Win 8-7 at No. 6 Hawai'i in MPSF Tournament

April 24, 2009

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HONOLULU - The third-seeded UCLA women's water polo team opened the 2009 MPSF Water Polo Championship with an 8-7 victory over Hawai`i on Friday evening at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex on the UH campus, which is hosting the Tournament for the first time since 2001.

The sixth-seeded Rainbow Wahine hung close with the Bruins, who will now face second-seeded Stanford in the championship side of the bracket tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. (PT).

The Bruins (21-5) got on the board first on a Priscilla Orozco goal in the first quarter. The Rainbow Wahine (16-8) answered with one goal by Carmen Eggens to close the quarter as a low scoring first frame finished 1-1.

UH started the second quarter with a goal by Saara Majuri to take a 2-1 lead, but UCLA answered with three goals, including two more by Orozco to take back the lead. UH's Lisa van Raalte scored a late goal to cut UCLA's lead to 4-3 going into halftime.

UCLA started the second half with two quick goals (Anne Belden and Katie Rulon) to take a 6-3 lead over UH. Kelly Mason got on the board for UH in the second half, cutting the lead to 6-4 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. UCLA added two more goals (Orozco's fourth and Rulon's third) to take an 8-4 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Rainbow Wahine did all of the scoring in the fourth quarter, receiving two goals from Leonie Van Der Molen and the last by Eggens with 30 seconds left to make it 8-7. The Bruins ran out the game clock for the victory.

Serena Bredin kept Hawai'i in the match in the first half with eight saves on goal. She finished with 12 saves on the evening. Brittany Fullen had five saves for UCLA.

No. 3 UCLA 8, at No. 6 Hawai'I 7

1 2 3 4 F
Hawai'i 1 2 1 3 7
UCLA 1 3 4 0 8

Hawai'i Goals: Leonie Van Der Molen (2), Carmen Eggens (2), Saara Majuri, Lisa van Raalte, Kelly Mason
Hawai'i Saves: Serena Bredin 12

UCLA Goals: Priscilla Orozco (4), Katie Rulon (3), Anne Belden
UCLA Saves: Brittany Fullen 5


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
W, 17 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Loyola Marymount
San Diego, CA
W, 14 - 7
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. USC
San Diego, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Feb 19
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 11 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. San Diego State
Newport Beach, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Michigan
Newport Beach, CA
W, 14 - 8
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Hawai'i
Irvine, CA
W, 10 - 6
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. USC
Irvine, CA
L, 7 - 10
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 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego or ...
Los Angeles, CA
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