Former Bruin Natalie Golda's Two-Goal Effort Sends Team USA to FINA World Championship Match

March 29, 2007

Melbourne, Australia - Former UCLA standout Natalie Golda scored two goals in Team USA's 10-9 overtime victory against Hungary in a FINA World Championship semifinal contest on Thursday, March 29. With the victory, the U.S. team advances to the championship game against 2006 World Cup champion Australia.

Team USA jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the first quarter and maintained a three-goal advantage until the fourth quarter. The U.S. team led 6-3 at halftime and 8-5 through three quarters.

Unable to stop Hungary on their 6-on-5 advantages, the U.S. team found itself in an 8-8 tie at the end of regulation. The pressure continued to build in overtime as Hungary opened the scoring in the first three-minute quarter. Golda then lodged a seven-meter shot past the powerful Hungarian defense to tie the contest, 9-9. Team USA's Lauren Wenger - who finished with a team-high four goals - sealed the deal for the United States with a center shot into the goal at 2:22.

Team USA will challenge Australia in front of their hometown fans. The U.S. team will make its third consecutive appearance in a World Championships gold medal round. While the two rivals have gone head to head in several international events, this marks the first time that Team USA and Australia have vied each other in the finals of a World championship.

Golda, considered one of the greatest collegiate women's water polo players of all time, led UCLA to its seventh national championship during her senior season in 2005. That year, the Fullerton, Calif., native earned the Cutino Award, given to the best player in women's collegiate water polo. She finished the 2005 campaign with 47 goals. Golda's 158 career goals rank third-most in school history. UCLA won three national titles during her four years with the program.

In 2004, Golda redshirted to play in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She scored two goals, one against Hungary and another against Australia to help Team USA win a bronze medal.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Jan 30
vs. USA Scrimmage
Los Angeles, CA
L, 13-4
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
W, 17 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Loyola Marymount
San Diego, CA
W, 14 - 7
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. USC
San Diego, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Feb 19
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 11 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. San Diego State
Newport Beach, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Michigan
Newport Beach, CA
W, 14 - 8
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Hawai'i
Irvine, CA
W, 10 - 6
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. USC
Irvine, CA
L, 7 - 10
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 22 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 9 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 20 - 5
Sunday, Mar 20
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 4 - 3
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 - 12:45 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, May 13 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Los Angeles, CA
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