No. 1 UCLA Women's Water Polo Team Defeats No. 2 Stanford, 9-7

March 8, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The No. 1-ranked UCLA women's water polo team defeated No. 2-ranked Stanford, 9-7, Saturday afternoon at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Bruins (19-0, 5-0 MPSF) jumped out to a three-goal lead in the second quarter and never looked back against visiting Stanford (12-3, 4-1 MPSF).

Senior Brittany Rowe led UCLA with three goals and senior Jillian Kraus and junior Katie Rulon each added two goals.

The Bruins got on the board first with a goal by Rowe at the seven-minute mark in the first quarter, before Stanford quickly with a strike from Heather West two minutes later. The score was tied, 3-3, after one quarter.

UCLA outscored Stanford in the second quarter, 3-0, to assume a 6-3 halftime advantage. Two of the Bruins' three second-quarter goals came from Rowe. Also noteworth was the passing of junior Anne Belden, who set up her teammates with great assists throughout the first half.

In the second half, the Bruins started out shaky after Rulon missed a penalty shot and Stanford's Lauren Silver scored two goals to cut the UCLA lead to 6-5. Less than a minute later Kraus extended the lead to 7-5 with her first of two second-half goals.

Junior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen helped the Bruins hold on to their lead with three fourth-quarter saves. With 3:44 to play, Rulon provided an insurance goal, putting UCLA ahead by the final 9-7 margin.

The Bruins are back in the pool on Sunday, March 9, hosting San Jose State at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.

UCLA 9, Stanford 7

1 2 3 4 F
Stanford 3 0 3 1 7
UCLA 3 3 1 2 9

Stanford Goals: Kira Hillman 2, Heather West 2, Lauren Silver 2, Alex Koran 1
Stanford Saves: Amber Oland 5

UCLA Goals: Brittany Rowe 3, Katie Rulon 2, Jillian Kraus 2, Priscilla Orozco 1, Courtney Mathewson 1
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