No. 1 UCLA Overcomes Early Deficit, Downs No. 5 Hawai'i, 8-6

April 26, 2008

SAN DIEGO - Senior Courtney Mathewson scored a game-high four goals to lead the top-seeded UCLA women's water polo team past fifth-seeded Hawai'i, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex. The semifinal victory sends the Bruins (29-0) into the MPSF Tournament title match for the second consecutive season.

Trailing by three goals early in the first half, UCLA came back to defeat Hawai'i (20-9) and cruise into the championship match, where the Bruins will face third-seeded USC (19-6) on Sunday at 4:10 p.m.

Hawai'i held UCLA scoreless through the first 14 minutes, taking an early 3-0 lead. The Bruins rallied to tie the game with three goals before halftime. UCLA took its first lead of the afternoon on a goal from Mathewson at the 2:50 mark in the third quarter. Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the third quarter, as UCLA controlled a 6-5 advantage entering the final period.

UCLA scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to secure a spot in the MPSF Tournament's championship match. Bruin senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen notched eight saves.

Kelly Mason and Angela Turnbull each scored a pair of goals for the Rainbow Wahine. Serena Bredin netted six saves in the cage for Hawai'i.

No. 5-seed Hawai'i vs. No. 1-seed UCLA

1 2 3 4 F
Hawai'i 2 1 2 1 6
UCLA 0 3 3 2 8

Hawai'i Goals: Kelly Mason 2, Angela Turnbull 2, Anna Sieprath, Leonie Van Der Molen
Hawai'i Saves: Serena Bredin 6

UCLA Goals: Courtney Mathewson 4, Gabrielle Domanic, Tanya Gandy, Jillian Kraus, Brittany Rowe
UCLA Saves: Brittany Fullen 6

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
W, 23 - 2
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
W, 25 - 3
Saturday, Apr 09
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 8
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 16 - 6
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 8 (3OT)
Friday, Apr 29
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 10 - 3
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4