March 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES - UCLA continues its MPSF schedule at No. 16 Hawaii on Saturday evening. Game time is 6 p.m. (HT)/9 p.m. (PT). The Bruins earned a 6-5 victory over Hawaii in the two schools' only other meeting this season at the Stanford Invitational. UCLA has won its last nine matches and leads all MPSF teams with a 4-0 record in conference play.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
No. 1 UCLA (15-1, 4-0) at No. 16 Hawaii (7-10, 0-5)
Saturday, March 31 - 6 p.m. HT/9 p.m. PT
at Hawaii's Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex
NEXT WEEK'S OPPONENT
No. 1 UCLA (15-1, 4-0) at No. 5 California (16-5, 3-1)
Saturday, April 7 - 1 p.m.
at California Spieker Aquatic Complex
UCLA Pushes Past Arizona State
KK Clark led the Bruins with three goals and Emily Greenwood added two, including the game-winner, to send UCLA past Arizona State, 8-6, in an MPSF match at home on Saturday, March 17. UCLA trailed the Sun Devils, 5-4, at halftime but outscored the visitors by a 3-0 margin in the third quarter and led the rest of the way.
Bruins Build Winning Streak
Since dropping a 9-5 decision to then-top-ranked Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 5, UCLA has won its last nine matches. The Bruins lead all MPSF teams with a 4-0 record in conference action. UCLA's remaining MPSF opponents include Hawaii, California and Stanford. During the team's nine-game winning streak, UCLA has registered three one-goal victories and a pair of two-goal wins.
KK Among MPSF's Top Scorers
Senior KK Clark leads UCLA with 33 goals and ranks third among MPSF field players with a 2.25 goals per match average. The senior from Atherton, Calif., scored in UCLA's first 13 matches this season and has netted two goals or more in 11 games. Clark has also recorded a team-leading 32 steals and 17 assists. She has twice earned MPSF Player of the Week honors.
Player of the Week Selections
KK Clark has twice captured MPSF Player of the Week acclaim this season, while Caitlin Dement secured the weekly honor three weeks ago. Clark was named MPSF Player of the Week after UCLA went 3-0 at the Michigan Invitational the first weekend of the season and after leading UCLA to the UCI Invitational title on Feb. 26. Dement recorded 11 saves in UCLA's 6-5 win at USC on March 3 to earn the weekly award.
Bruins' Key Performers
Seven Bruins have registered at least 10 goals this season, while five players have each dished 10 or more assists. Becca Dorst ranks second on the team with 17 goals, having totaled 10 assists and eight earned exclusions. Emily Greenwood has scored 16 goals and leads UCLA with 40 earned exclusions. Sarah Orozco and Hannah Sebenaler have each totaled 14 goals.
Bruins Stand Atop National Poll
UCLA was ranked No. 1 on Feb. 29, marking the first time that the Bruins have secured outright possession of the top spot since May 2009, after winning the NCAA Championship. UCLA and USC shared the number one ranking for two weeks prior to the NCAA Tournament in May 2010.
UCLA's Remaining Schedule
The Bruins have five regular-season contests remaining, and three of those games will count in the MPSF standings. UCLA's match against Hawaii this weekend opens a string of four consecutive road contests. The only remaining non-conference games are at UC Irvine (April 14) and Loyola Marymount (April 15).
Bruins Stingy on Defense
Backed by starting goalkeeper Caitlin Dement, UCLA has surrendered 5.00 goals per game, the second-lowest average among MPSF programs. The Bruins have limited their opposition to five goals or fewer in 12 of the team's 16 matches. UCLA has allowed a season-low three goals in three victories this year (twice at Stanford Invitational, once at UCI Invitational).