April 30, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 5 seed UCLA women's water polo team (18-7) held on to post an 8-6 victory over fourth-seeded Hawaii in the last quarterfinal match of the 2010 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship at Spieker Aquatics Center on the campus of UCLA on Friday (April 30) afternoon.
UCLA pitched a shutout in the first period behind some stellar play in the cage by Caitlin Dement. Emily Greenwood got the Bruins on the board with her 14th goal of the season at the 2:16 mark of the first period. Kelly Easterday put UCLA up 2-0 with a penalty goal with 12 seconds left, her 21st goal of the year.
Hawaii scored first in the second period when Monika Eggens scored her 54th goal of the year on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 5:13 left in the second quarter. Then the Bruins scored three straight goals to race out to a 5-1 lead. Grace Reynolds scored the first of her two goals in the period with 3:30 left. Then Sarah Orozco scored her 19th goal of the season with 2:14 to go, followed by Reynolds' 32nd goal of the year with 1:33 left in the second period. Hawaii scored back-to-back goals to end the period. Carmen Eggens scored her 39th goal at the 1:15 mark while Dagmar Genee put in her 19th on the season with 14 seconds left to cut the Bruins' lead to 5-3 at halftime.
Hawaii pitched a shutout in the third period and tied the score at 5-5 with two more goals from Monika Eggens, who scored at 5:21 and on a power play at 1:05 in the third period to complete the hat trick. Hawaii should have had the lead at the end of three periods but had to settle for a tie when Dement made a huge stop around the 3-minute mark with Hawaii on a 6-on-4 opportunity.
The Bruins struck first in the final period when Noel Umphrey scored (2nd goal of the season) on the opening possession of the fourth at 7:39. Reynolds made the eventual game-winning goal, completing her hat trick in the process with 1:51 to go in the match, putting UCLA up 7-5. Hawaii answered on its next possession with a goal from Amarens Genee, her 26th of the year, making it 7-6 with 1:24 remaining. Reynolds iced the match with her fourth goal with 37 seconds left to end the scoring at 8-6.
"It feels fantastic to win," UCLA head coach Brandon Brooks said. "We showed great composure down the stretch today. Tomorrow's semifinal is a big game, but it is the time of year where you have to win big games if you want to advance. It will be a lot of fun."
Caitlin Dement was stellar in the cage for UCLA recording nine saves, including registering five of those saves when Hawaii was on power play opportunities. Serena Bredin registered six stops for Hawaii. UCLA won all four sprints.
No. 5 UCLA advances to face No. 1 Stanford in Saturday's first semifinal at 1:30 p.m.
No. 4 Hawaii will face No. 8 Arizona State in the consolation bracket at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 4 Hawaii (MPSF Quarterfinal Match)
Hawaii Goals: Monika Eggens 3, Amarens Genee, Dagmar Genee, Carmen Eggens
Hawaii Saves: Serena Bredin 6