Feb. 4, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA hosts the Hartwick Hawks of the Collegiate Water Polo Association at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. The Bruins travel north for the Stanford Invitational this weekend and will face Michigan (10:50 a.m.) and Hawai'i (5:50 p.m.) on Saturday. UCLA will play San Jose State (9:10 a.m.) before competing in a fourth match Sunday afternoon (time, opponent TBD).
Saturday, Feb. 2 - at Loyola Marymount's Burns Recreation Center
No. 1 UCLA def. No. 12 Loyola Marymount, 13-6
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday, Feb. 5 - at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
No. 1 UCLA (5-0) vs. No. 10 Hartwick (0-2)
Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10 - at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center
Stanford Invitational - at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center
vs. No. 14 Michigan at 10:10 a.m. (Saturday)
vs. No. 4 Hawai'i at 5:50 p.m. (Saturday)
vs. No. 7 San Jose State at 9:10 a.m. (Sunday)
vs. TBD (first, second, third or fourth place match, Sunday)
HISTORY vs. THE HAWKS: UCLA's only meeting against Hartwick came in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins cruised past the Hawks, 15-2, on May 12, 2006, on the campus of UC Davis. In that match, former Bruin Kelly Rulon led UCLA with four goals, as Gabrielle Domanic, Tanya Gandy and Katie Rulon each added two goals.
BRUINS DEFEAT LIONS: The Bruins cruised to a 13-6 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Feb. 2, playing in the Lions' season opener at Burns Recreation Center. Junior Tanya Gandy netted a team-leading three goals in the win, as three Bruins each recorded two goals. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen made five stops in the cage.
BACK FROM MICHIGAN: UCLA won each of its four matches at the Michigan Invitational on Jan. 26-27 at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium. The Bruins defeated Arizona State and UC San Diego, each by 14-5 scores on Saturday, Jan. 26. UCLA downed Colorado State, 15-2, the following afternoon before besting Indiana, 15-6.
RULON NETS A DOZEN: Junior attacker Katie Rulon registered a team-high 12 goals through four games at the Michigan Invitational and currently leads UCLA with 14 goals. In Michigan, Rulon scored four goals in each of the Bruins' first two games and added two in each Sunday contest. The San Diego, Calif., native has totaled 93 goals in 64 career matches.
IN THE CAGE: Junior Brittany Fullen assumes starting goalkeeping duties in 2008. Through five matches this season, Fullen has logged a 4.80 goals against average while totaling 43 saves. Fullen registered a career-high 14 saves against Indiana on Sunday, Jan. 27 in UCLA's final game at the Michigan Invitational. In the past two seasons, she totaled 69 saves (39 in 2007, 30 in 2006).
TITLE DEFENSE: The Bruins have won each of the last three NCAA Championships and claimed the MPSF Tournament title last spring. Last season's NCAA title marked UCLA's 100th NCAA team championship, making UCLA the first school to accomplish that feat. Since the sport's inception in 1995, the Bruins have captured nine national championships, six of which are NCAA championships (first NCAA in 2001).
TOP RANKED: UCLA has earned the No. 1 preseason ranking. Conference foes USC, Stanford, Hawaii and California round out the preseason top five slots. The Golden Bears are followed by San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Hartwick. The Bruins were a unanimous No. 1 selection, garnering all 100 points in the preseason rankings.
WHO'S BACK: Entering the 2008 season, the Bruins return 11 letterwinners and welcome 12 newcomers. UCLA's five seniors have been a part of the program's last three NCAA Championships. Four juniors have helped UCLA win each of the past two NCAA titles. UCLA also returns one sophomore.
HOME SWEET HOME: UCLA will play nine matches at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center this spring, opening with Hartwick on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The Bruins will not return home until the weekend of March 8-9, when they will face Stanford and San Jose State on back-to-back afternoons. One month later, UCLA will host six games in a 12-day span, beginning with a crucial MPSF contest against California.
OFFENSIVE DEPTH: The 2008 Bruins welcome back five of six top returning scorers from last season's team. Senior Jillian Kraus (54) and junior Katie Rulon (52) finished the 2007 season as the Bruins' second and third-leading scorers. Junior Tanya Gandy (38) and seniors Brittany Rowe (34) and Gabrielle Domanic (32) rounded out the Bruins' top six scorers.
AT THE HELM: In his 10th season as head coach of the women's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 234-38 career record at UCLA. Krikorian has guided the women's water polo program to six national titles (five NCAA). He also serves as the UCLA men's water polo head coach and has led that program to three NCAA championships in nine years. Krikorian played water polo at UCLA, helping lead the 1995 men's water polo team to its first NCAA title since 1972.