Women's Water Polo Advances to the Semifinals of UC Irvine Tournament

Feb. 24, 2007

Kelly Rulon, the 2006 Player of the Year, matched her own UCLA record by scoring five goals in a 17-6 victory over Santa Clara. She set the record last year against Occidental College. Freshman Melissa Mordell shares the record for her five-goal performance against Pacific earlier this year.

The No. 1 Bruins (9-0) easily defeated the Broncos (6-5) after jumping ahead 10-2 by halftime. Goalkeeper Brittany Fullen made eight saves in the victory. The teams then traded goals in the second half. Jillian Kraus, Brittany Rowe, and Katie Rulon each pitched in with three goals in the victory.

In the quarterfinals of the tournament, UCLA played the No. 9 UC Irvine women's water polo team (8-3) on Saturday afternoon at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. The Bruins opened up a 4-1 lead entering the second period, and made it 5-1 as Courtney Mathewson scored the first of her three goals with 7:07 remaining in the period. Irvine's Jackie Prine scored the first of her three goals to cut the UCLA lead to 5-2 with 5:15 left in the first half. The Bruins then added two more goals to take a 7-2 lead at the half.

UCLA quickly opened up their lead with three straight goals to build up a 10-2 lead with 4:16 left in the third period. The Anteaters tried to muster a comeback, but fell short 11-7. Senior Jackie Prine had three goals to lead the 'Eaters. Courtney Mathewson had three goals to lead the Bruins. Junior keeper Lauren Machanis had 11 saves in the match for UCI. Keeper Emily Feher had six saves for the Bruins.

The Bruins will face the winner of the game between California and Hawaii on Sunday at 10:30 am at Anteater Aquatics Complex. UCLA has already played both Cal and Hawaii on two separate occasions.

On the year, the Bruins have only been outscored in four of 36 quarters.

1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 5 5 4 3 17
Santa Clara 1 1 3 1 6

UCLA Goals: Kelly Rulon 5, Jillian Kraus 3, Brittany Rowe 3, Katie Rulon 2, Kamaile Crowell, Melissa Mordell, Courtney Mathewson, Anne Belden
UCLA Saves: Brittany Fullen 8
Santa Clara Goals: Brianna Anderson 2, Emily Bank, Allie Lamb, Jenny Knutson, Meg Zimmerman
Santa Clara Saves: Randahl Capurro 6

1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 4 3 3 1 11
UC Irvine 1 1 2 3 7

UCLA Goals: Courtney Mathewson 3, Gabrielle Domanic 2, Brittany Rowe 2, Jillian Kraus, Kelly Rulon, Tanya Gandy, Kacy Kunkel
UCLA Saves:Emily Feher 6
UC Irvine Goals: Jackie Prine 3, Robyn Kaake, Gianna Rossi, Julia Fancher, Nicole Flacco
UC Irvine Saves: Lauren Machanis 11

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