March 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore KK Clark scored a game-high three goals, leading the No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team past No. 6 San Jose State, 12-5, in an MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Spartans got on the board first with a penalty goal in the first minute of the match by junior Adriana Vogt (7:05). That was the last lead San Jose State (14-10, 2-3 MPSF) would own.
UCLA (15-6, 3-2 MPSF), which improved to 28-0 all-time against San Jose State, scored the next four goals to take a 4-1 lead. Junior Grace Reynolds opened the scoring for the Bruins, putting in an exclusion goal at 4:59 to tie the game at 1-1. Then UCLA received goals from junior Priscilla Orozco (2:16) and Clark (0:47) to end the opening quarter with a 3-1 lead.
"I think we converted some easy opportunities," UCLA Head Coach Brandon Brooks said. "We did a good job on 6-on-5 opportunities when we got them and we finished a few transition goals that were big."
The Bruins opened the second period with another goal from a 6-on-5 opportunity, this time from freshman Brooke Martin, to increase their lead to 4-1 (6:47). But the Spartans would rally and trim the lead to just one goal (4-3) with back-to-back goals by senior Kathryn Hannum (exclusion goal, 6:16) and freshman Kimber Methvin (4:44).
From that point on, it was all UCLA, as the Bruins scored seven unanswered goals to build their lead to 11-3. Five different Bruins scored a goal during that span. For the match, six different Bruins tallied a goal and 20 different players saw action.
Orozco scored her second goal of the day to put an end to the Spartans' run and put the Bruins up 5-3 (3:23) in the second period. Then junior Kelly Easterday scored on a penalty shot (2:17) to make it 6-3. Clark ended the scoring in the first half with her second goal of the day with just nine seconds left, giving the Bruins a 7-3 lead at halftime.
UCLA dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Spartans 4-0, while sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Dement got four of her eight stops in the third. Four different Bruins scored in the third period. Reynolds scored her second on the day (7:42), followed by Easterday's second goal (6:45) and Martin's second goal (2:30). Clark then scored her third and final goal on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 22 ticks left in the period.
The Spartans won the fourth quarter 2-1 after the Bruins made wholesale changes. UCLA sophomore goalie Kristen Simonds came into relieve Dement in the fourth quarter and recorded two saves. Spartan senior Bridget McKee ended the Bruins' 7-0 scoring run with her only goal of the day at the 6:34 mark of the fourth quarter, ending a scoring drought for San Jose State that spanned 14 minutes and 10 seconds.
Freshman Gisselle Naranjo scored her only goal of the day on an impressive shot from the right side -- a low skipper off the left post -- to end the scoring for UCLA with 1:35 left in the match. Vogt scored her team-high second goal of the day for the Spartans on a 6-on-5 play, ending the match scoring at 12-5 with 1:19 to go.
The UCLA defense did a great job on San Jose State's top two scorers, Vogt and Dani Curran, limiting them to just two goals on 17 shots. It was the first time that Curran had been held scoreless in the month of March.
"When you play San Jose State, it's very important to shut down their best scorers," Brooks said. "Dani Curran and Adriana Vogt are their team leaders."
Dement registered eight saves in the cage in the first three quarters for UCLA, with Simonds picking up two in the fourth quarter. San Jose State sophomore Meagan Minson also tallied eight saves (four in the fourth quarter). The Bruins won all four sprints (two by Clark and one each for freshman Heather Van Hiel and junior Camy Sullivan).
The Bruins return to action at 3:00 p.m. on April 8 for a non-conference match at No. 9 Loyola Marymount.
No. 6 San Jose State at No. 4 UCLA (MPSF Contest)
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San Jose State Goals: Adriana Vogt 2, Bridget McKee, Kathryn Hannum, Kimber Methvin
San Jose State Saves: Meagan Minson 8