Feb. 22, 2009
IRVINE, Calif. - The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team downed No. 3 Hawai'i, 12-7, on Sunday afternoon to finish third at the UC Irvine Invitational. Earlier in the day, the Bruins were edged by crosstown rival USC, 8-7.
The Bruins raced to a 4-0 first-quarter lead, netting goals from Gandy (7:37), sophomore Priscilla Orozco (5:55), Belden (3:13) and freshman Randi Bresee (2:38). Hawai'i got on the board with a five-meter penalty shot from Kelly Mason, who finished with a pair of goals, at the 6:15 mark in the second quarter.
UCLA used a 3-0 scoring run to secure a 7-1 advantage with 3:20 remaining in the first half and entered the intermission with a 7-2 lead.
The Bruins outscored the Rainbow Wahine, 5-2, in the third quarter to open a commanding 12-4 lead. Hawai'i scored three goals in the final quarter, holding the Bruins scoreless.
Against USC, the Bruins used a furious fourth-quarter rally to pull within one goal in the final two minutes. The Women of Troy outscored UCLA by a 2-1 margin in each of the first two quarters and led 5-2 after three.
USC led by as many as four goals (6-2) with 7:32 to play in the contest before UCLA closed the gap. Belden converted on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 7:02 remaining and Easterday scored 61 seconds later to cut USC's cushion to 6-4.
The Women of Troy scored consecutive goals midway through the fourth quarter to take an 8-4 lead. UCLA cut its deficit to 8-5 with a goal from sophomore Camy Sullivan (3:56) and used a strike from sophomore Kelsey McGinley (1:49) to close the margin to 8-6. With 80 seconds to play, Belden scored her second goal of the match, narrowing the deficit to 8-7.
At the end of the match, the officials determined that the game clock was started four seconds too early at the 20-second mark, and the final 20 seconds were replayed with UCLA in a 6-on-5 opportunity, as in the original conclusion. An apparent game-tying goal by Easterday was ruled ineligible (two-handed push) ending the match in an 8-7 triumph for USC.
Fullen finished the day's first match with five saves. USC goalkeeper Ilse vander Meijden totaled 10 saves.
UCLA returns to action at Arizona State in an MPSF contest on Saturday, Feb. 28. Game time is 11 a.m. (PT), 12 p.m. local time.
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 3 Hawai'i
Hawai'i Goals: Monika Egens 2, Ryan Hanson-Swaner 2, Kelly Mason 2, Leonie Van Der Molen
Hawai'i Saves: Serena Bredin 7
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 1 USC
USC Goals: Michelle Stein 3, Joelle Bekhazi 2, Kami Craig, Alexandra Kiss, Kally Lucas
USC Saves: Ilse van der Meijden 10