April 10, 2010
SAN DIEGO - Junior Kelly Easterday scored twice for the Bruins in the second half, leading the fourth-ranked UCLA women's water polo team to a come-from-behind win over No. 14 San Diego State, 7-5, in an MPSF match at Aztec Aquaplex on Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins improved to 31-3 all-time against the Aztecs and improved to 17-6 overall and 4-2 in the MPSF while San Diego State fell to 18-12 overall and 0-6 in MPSF action.
San Diego State jumped out to a two-goal lead, scoring the match's first two goals. Freshman Amber Pezzolla drew a penalty on UCLA's Heather Van Hiel nearly three minutes into the game and sophomore Leanne Ford cashed in on the opportunity at the 5:09 mark of the first quarter. Meaghan Poland gave SDSU a 2-0 lead with 3:13 in the first with an exclusion goal. UCLA received its first goal at the 2:15 mark when junior Megan Burmeister beat SDSU goalkeeper Kelly Campoli. The Bruins tied the match at 2-2 when junior Noel Umphrey beat the first-period buzzer with one second left.
Nearly five minutes passed in the second period before UCLA scored its third unanswered goal when junior Kelsey McGinley scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 3:10 left. The Bruins' scoring run was finally stopped 20 seconds later when Meghann Pedersen scored at set to tie the game at 3-3. Then after a strong defensive stand by the Aztecs, the Scarlet and Black went on a counter attack and senior Melissa de Jonckheere went strong side and put SDSU ahead, 4-3, a lead it would take into halftime.
UCLA's offense went to work in the third quarter, scoring three times to end the period with a 6-5 lead. UCLA took advantage of a pair of exclusions as Easterday (6:21) and Priscilla Orozco (4:13) each scored once to give UCLA a 5-4 lead. San Diego State received a much-needed goal and knotted the score at 5-5 when de Jonckheere found Leanne Ford for a power-play goal with 3:38 left in the third period. Then with 2:17 remaining, the Aztecs swarmed KK Clark and nearly ripped the ball away, but the Bruins' sophomore found the handle and put her shot past Campoli (nine saves) and UCLA took a 6-5 lead into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, UCLA's defense rose to the occasion, shutting out the Aztecs for the 7-5 win. After nearly seven scoreless minutes, UCLA found the opening it needed and Easterday scored her second goal of the day putting San Diego State in a two-goal hole with 1:14 left in regulation.
Clark won three of the four sprints for UCLA. San Diego State goalie Campoli was credited with nine saves while UCLA goalkeeper Caitlin Dement had seven.
UCLA returns to action next Saturday when it heads to cross-town rival USC. The Bruins will face the Trojans in their MPSF finale at 4:30 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA at No. 14 San Diego State (MPSF Match)
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SDSU Goals: Leanne Ford 2, Meaghan Poland, Meghann Pedersen, Melissa de Jonckheere
SDSU Saves: Kelly Campoli 9