June 2, 2007
In addition to winning its third consecutive NCAA Championship this spring, the women's water polo team also claimed the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year for the third consecutive time. Head Coach Adam Krikorian was named Coach of the Year by the ACWPC for fourth time in his career as women's water polo coach. He has guided the Bruins to five NCAA titles in seven years.
Kelly Rulon captured her second Player of the Year award after leading the Bruins to another NCAA title. She led the team in goals for the third straight year, netting 70 goals on the year. She recently surpassed Coralie Simmons as UCLA's all-time goal scorer. She also led the team in assists. Rulon has already racked up plenty of honors this year, including MPSF Player of the Year and MVP of the NCAA Tournament. Natalie Golda was the last Bruin to win Player of the Year; she did it in 2005.
The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches honored nearly half of UCLA's women's water polo team. Seven UCLA women's water polo players were honored as All-Americans by the ACWPC for their stellar play in the 2007 season. Senior Driver Kelly Rulon, Senior Goalie Emily Feher, and Junior Utility Jillian Kraus were named first-team All-Americans. Junior Courtney Mathewson was named to the second team, and Senior Kacy Kunkel was named to the third team. Junior Gabrielle Domanic and Junior Brittany Rowe were named Honorable Mentions.
For Emily Feher and Kelly Rulon, this is the fourth ACWPC honor in their four-year careers. Both players received third-team honors after their freshman year, and they have received first-team honors ever since. Feher finished her UCLA career second on the all-time career saves list, while Rulon finished her career as UCLA's all-time career goal scorer.
Jillian Kraus received an Honorable Mention last year. This year she finished second on the team with 54 goals, including two in the NCAA championship game. This is Courtney Mathewson's first ACWPC honor. She scored seven goals in the 2007 NCAA tournament, including a hat trick in the NCAA Championship game. Kacy Kunkel led the team in earned ejections this year, and she scored two pivotal goals in the third quarter of UCLA's victory over USC in the NCAA semifinals. This is her first ACWPC honor as well.
For the second year in a row, Gabrielle Domanic earned ACWPC Honorable Mention. She scored in 19 of the Bruin's 30 games, finishing the year with 32 goals. Brittany Rowe also finished the year with 32 goals. This is the first ACWPC honor of Rowe's career.
Bruin players were honored more than any other school by the ACWPC.
2007 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Americans First Team: Kelly Rulon (UCLA) Erika Figge (USC) Katie Hansen (Stanford) Emily Feher (UCLA) Kami Craig (USC) Jillian Kraus (UCLA) Christina Hewko (Stanford)
Second Team: Courtney Mathewson (UCLA) Meridith McColl (Stanford) Patty Cardenas (USC) Alison Gregorka (Stanford) Kristy Bagnall (Hawaii) Brittany Hayes (USC) Stacy Werner (San Diego State)
Third Team: Meike De Nooy (Hawaii) Kacy Kunkel (UCLA) Stacia Peterson (Loyola Marymount) Kelly Mason (Hawaii) Lauren Silver (Stanford) Anna Gonzalez (San Diego State) Beth Harberts (San Jose State)
Honorable Mention: Kirsten Hudson (Hartwick) Robynn Kaake (UC Irvine) Katherine O'Rourke (UC Davis) Addison Doud (Arizona State) Jenna Schuster (San Diego State) Marina Canetti (Long Beach State) Elsie Windes (California) Gabrielle Domanic (UCLA) Allison Brookes (Cal State Northridge) Shana Welch (Michigan) Elyse Colgan (Princeton) Brittany Rowe (UCLA) Elizabeth Balassone (Brown)