Feb. 25, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team recorded a pair of victories at the UC Irvine Invitational on Saturday, advancing to a Sunday semifinal showdown against crosstown rival USC.
The Bruins (10-1) defeated Cal State Northridge, 13-4, in their first game before cruising past Michigan, 13-3, in a second-round match later in the day at Anteater Aquatic Complex.
KK Clark and Emily Donohoe each scored three goals in the win over No. 17 Cal State Northridge. In all, the Bruins received at least two goals from five players. Becca Dorst, Sarah Orozco and Hannah Sebenaler each scored twice, while Natasha Schulman tallied her first collegiate goal.
The Bruins blanked Cal State Northridge in the first half, scoring twice in the first quarter before adding four goals in the second. UCLA outscored the Matadors, 6-3, in the third period.
Later that afternoon, Clark and Emily Greenwood tallied a team-leading three goals to pace UCLA past Michigan for the third time in as many meetings this season. Nicole Barker and Gisselle Naranjo each added two goals for UCLA.
The Bruins led 2-1 after the first quarter and doubled their margin in the second to secure a 4-2 halftime lead. UCLA blanked Michigan, 4-0, in the third quarter and outscored the Wolverines, 5-1, in the final period.
In that contest, Dement tallied seven saves, while Wilkey added two stops in the final four minutes of the match.
UCLA will face USC on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. at UC Irvine. Stanford will face California in a semifinal match at 10:30 a.m. The championship game is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m., with the third-place game at 4 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 17 Cal State Northridge (UCI Invitational)
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Cal State Northridge Goals: Melissa Doll, Molly Henehan, Lindsy Nelson, Celena Photopolus
Cal State Northridge Saves: Dana Harvey 9
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 12 Michigan (UCI Invitational)
Michigan Goals: Lauren Colton, Kiki Golden, Katie Hazelrigg
Michigan Saves: Morgan Turner 11