March 6, 2010
HONOLULU - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team dropped a 9-8 decision at No. 5 Hawai'i in six overtimes in the Bruins' second MPSF contest of the season. Junior Kelly Easterday led the Bruins (12-5, 1-1 MPSF) with a career-high four goals in the conference loss.
UCLA played a six-overtime match on Saturday evening after having competed an eight-overtime contest in the third-place match of the UC Irvine Invitational last Sunday. That eight-overtime match is the longest contest in the history of NCAA women's water polo.
Hawai'i (9-6, 1-2) was led by Carmen Eggens' five goals. The Rainbow Wahine also received one goal from Monika Eggens, Amarens Genee, Saara Majuri and Leonie Van Der Molen.
The Rainbow Wahine raced to a 3-2 lead after the first quarter, before UCLA outscored Hawai'i by a 2-0 margin in the second frame to lead 4-3 at halftime.
Hawai'i added three goals to UCLA's two goals in the third quarter, tying the contest 6-6 after three frames. Each team added two goals in the fourth quarter to send the game into two three-minute overtime sessions.
Neither team scored in either of the first two overtimes, pushing the MPSF match into consecutive three-minute sudden-death overtime sessions. Hawai'i broke the tie with 2:05 remaining in the sixth overtime (fourth sudden-death period) on a goal from Monika Eggens.
UCLA sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Dement totaled 14 saves. Hawai'i goalkeeper Serena Bredin registered 16 stops in the cage.
UCLA returns to action at No. 13 UC Irvine in a non-conference match on Thursday, March 11. Game time at UC Irvine is 7 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA at No. 5 Hawai'i
Hawai'i Goals: Carmen Eggens 5, Leonie Van Der Molen, Amarens Genee, Monika Eggens, Saara Majuri
Hawai'i Saves: Serena Bredin 16