April 18, 2000
Up Next: The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team (24-4 overall, 8-1 MPSF) will be participating in the Southern California Regional Qualifier this week, which will be held at USC from Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22. Eight teams will be participating in the round-robin competition, with the top four teams qualifying for the 2000 National Championships, which will be held in Bloomington, Indiana from May 5-7. UCLA earned the No. 1 seed, while defending national champion USC grabbed the No. 2 seed. San Diego State, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Loyola and Cal Baptist occupy the No. 3 through 8 seeds, respectively.
The Bruins are scheduled to meet Cal Baptist on Friday at 9 am. Following that game, UCLA will likely meet the winner of the Long Beach State/UC Santa Barbara match at 3:45 pm. The Championship game will be held on Saturday at 2 pm and will most probably match up UCLA against USC. UCLA has already swept regular-season play against the Trojans, outscoring them 35-23 in their three meetings. However, last year at the Regional Qualifier, the Trojans routed UCLA 11-1 and later advanced to win the tournament. All-time, UCLA is 13-6 against USC.
Five Bruins Earn All-MPSF Honors: Five Bruins were named to the MPSF All-Conference team last week, including first-team selection Catharine von Schwarz. von Schwarz, who redshirted last year in order to compete with the U.S. Women's National Team, has been a part of UCLA's three national championship teams in 1996, '97 and '98. Upon her return to UCLA this year, the three-time All-American made an immediate impact, registering 32 goals, which currently ranks fifth on the team.
Sophomore Elaine Zivich and senior Erin Golaboski both picked up second-team accolades. Last year's leading-scorer, Zivich is currently ranked second on the team with 40 goals. Golaboski made her return to the field this season after serving as the starting goalkeeper on last year's squad. She currently ranks fourth on the team with 35 goals.
Sophomore transfer Kelly Heuchan and freshman Jessica Lopez earned honorable mention honors. Heuchan, who transferred from the University of Western Australia, is the team's leading-scorer with 51 goals. She has scored in all but five of UCLA's 28 games this season. Lopez is the team's third leading-scorer with 37 goals.
All-MPSF Tournament Selections: In addition to earning all-conference honors, von Schwarz, Lopez and Golaboski also garnered second-team All-MPSF Tournament acclaim. von Schwarz tallied three goals at the tournament, while Lopez and Golaboski each recorded six. In addition, Golaboski also guarded the goal for a portion of UCLA's games against Pacific, San Diego State and Stanford.
Bruins at the MPSF Tournament: For the second straight year, UCLA captured third place at the MPSF Tournament, outscoring its opponents 65-23.
After posting convincing wins over Pacific (20-1), San Diego State (14-9) and Hawai'i (9-2), the No. 2 seed UCLA Bruins dropped a close 7-6 match to Stanford on Day 2 of the MPSF Tournament. The loss marks UCLA's fourth of the season and also its fourth to Stanford in as many meetings. However, in each of their matches against the Cardinal, the Bruins have always managed to put up a tough fight, never falling by more than two goals. After their loss to Stanford, the Bruins were pitted against USC in the third place game. The score was tied at 3-3 at the half, but the Bruins took control in the third quarter, registering three goals while holding the Trojans scoreless. The lead proved to be insurmountable as UCLA defeated USC 7-4 to capture third place at the tournament.
UCLA in the Polls: After finishing third at the MPSF Tournament on April 9, UCLA dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the latest edition of the U.S. Water Polo poll, which was released on April 12.