April 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team (21-3, 3-1 MPSF) travels to Northern California to face No. 2 Stanford (22-1, 3-0) in a key MPSF game at 1:00 p.m. at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.
BRUINS AMONG MPSF SCORING LEADERS
Sophomore attacker Emily Donohoe leads UCLA in scoring with 55 goals (2.29 goals per game), which ranks fifth in the MPSF. Freshman Rachel Fattal is second on team in scoring with 41 goals (1.71 goals per game), which ranks 13th in the MPSF. Freshman center Alexa Tielmann is third on the team in scoring with 23 goals while freshman defender Alys Williams is fourth on the squad with 21 goals. Senior attacker Gisselle Naranjo and sophomore attacker Danielle Ferraro are tied for fifth on the squad in scoring with 20 goals each.
IN THE CAGE
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper, Sami Hill is currently second in the MPSF in saves per game at 10.86. She is also fourth in the MPSF in goals against, giving up 5.84 per game. Hill is also second on the team with 25 assists and is fourth on the squad with 17 steals. Freshman Alex Musselman hasn't played enough games to qualify for MPSF rankings, but she has allowed just 5.80 goals per game and is averaging 6.92 saves per game.
True freshman Rachel Fattal leads the Bruins in steals (27), sprints won (31) and field blocks (17) and is second in scoring (41 goals) and is third in assists (23).
HILL ON THE ASSIST
Freshman attacker Kodi Hill leads the team in assists with 26 on the year. Hill also has 10 goals, 13 steals and is tied for third on the squad with six field blocks on the year.
BROOKS ON DECK FOR YEAR FOUR
Brandon Brooks is in his fourth season as UCLA's head women's water polo coach in 2013. He was named the third head coach in program history on June 3, 2009, and has compiled a 92-22 (.807) record.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK
The No. 4 women's water polo team traveled to Northern California for a road double-header last week. The Bruins defeated No. 9 San Jose State, 15-8, in MPSF play on March 29 and then posted a 16-6 win at Santa Clara later that day in non-conference action.
DONOHOE NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UCLA sophomore attacker Emily Donohoe has captured MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week acclaim for the week of Mar. 25-31, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced Monday. This is the third player of the week award for Donohoe. She is the first player this season to earn MPSF Player of the Week honors three times.
Donohoe scored a career-high six goals (on six shots) to lead No. 4 UCLA to a 15-8 win at No. 9 San Jose State on Friday (March 29). She scored at least one goal in all four periods, including four in the second half. She also added one steal against the Spartans. The Bruins improved to 20-3 on the year and 3-1 in the MPSF with the win. Later that same day, she scored three goals (on four shots, all at full strength) in the Bruins' 16-6 win at Santa Clara. She also added an assist and one steal in the win over the Broncos. Shooting 90 percent in the two games (9 goals on 10 shots), she helped the Bruins go 2-0 on the week, improving to 21-3 overall and 3-1 in the MPSF.
Saturday's game is "Senior Day" for No. 2 Stanford, which will be honoring its five seniors (Kate Baldoni, Jillian Garton, Victoria Kennedy, Alexis Lee and Melissa Seidemann) prior to the game. Seidemann leads the Cardinal with 53 goals on the year, followed by freshman Maggie Steffens, who has 45 goals and scored 12 last week to capture her second straight KAP 7 MPSF Newcomer of the Week honor. In goal, Gabby Stone (4.26 goals-against average) and Kate Baldoni (4.56) are 1-2 in the MPSF rankings as the Cardinal boasts the top defense in the league with just 4.43 goals allowed per game.