April 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team earned a 7-5 victory over No. 3 USC on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. Senior Grace Reynolds netted a game-high four goals to help the Bruins (20-5, 3-3 MPSF) secure the MPSF victory.
The Trojans were led by five different players, each scoring one goal in the match.
Each team scored one goal in the first quarter. Reynolds got the Bruins on the board first with an exclusion goal at the 6:35 mark. USC tied the match on their final possession of the quarter when Patricia Jancso scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 21 seconds left.
The Bruins defense went to work, shutting out the Trojans (15-5, 3-3 MPSF) in the second period. Orozco scored her first goal of the match with 6:55 to go in the first half. Clark notched her 36th goal of the year at the 1:53 mark, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead at the break.
Nadia Dan trimmed the lead to one for USC with 7:15 left in the third quarter. But Reynolds scored her second power play goal of the match at the 6:28 mark to push the lead to 4-2. Orozco gave UCLA its largest lead of the match at 5-2 with her team-leading 46th goal of the season on a penalty shot with 5:41 left in the third period. But the Trojans would close out the quarter with back-to-back goals from Kaleigh Gilchrist (5:07) and a power play goal from Madeline Rosenthal (1:22).
USC scored its third straight goal to tie it at 5-5 on a shot by Blair Moody with 6:21 left in the fourth quarter. But Reynolds answered right back, completing a hat trick on UCLA's next possession with 5:50 to go to push the lead back to one (6-5). Then Reynolds scored her fourth of the game and her 24th of the season on a 6-on-5 opportunity, ending the scoring for the match at 7-5 with 4:43 left in the contest.
Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Dement registered four saves in the cage for UCLA and made a crucial stop on a penalty shot attempt by USC's senior Joelle Bekhazi with the Bruins leading 7-5 at the 2:31 mark of the final stanza.
USC goalkeeper Flora Bolonyai was credited with six saves.
UCLA returns to action with its final two regular-season matches at home. The Bruins will face Loyola Marymount on April 14. Game time at Spieker Aquatics Center is 7 p.m.
No. 3 USC at No. 4 UCLA (MPSF contest)
USC Goals: Madeline Rosenthal, Nadia Dan, Patricia Jancso, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Blair Moody
USC Saves: Flora Bolonyai 6