May 12, 2013
2013 UCLA Final Statistics | Postgame Press Conference
BOSTON - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team captured third place at the NCAA Tournament with a 13-8 win over sixth-ranked Hawai'i on Sunday afternoon at Harvard's Blodgett Pool in Boston. Freshman Rachel Fattal led the Bruins with four goals and was named to the First Team NCAA Water Polo All-Tournament Team. She was the only Bruin named to the All-Tournament Teams.
UCLA ended its 2013 season with an overall record of 28-7. Hawai'i dropped to 22-11. UCLA is now 51-8 all-time in postseason play and 28-5 in NCAA Championship competition.
"This is always a difficult game to play in," UCLA Head Coach Brandon Brooks said. "I thought my team did great. Emotionally and mentally, this game is much harder than it is physically. I thought we came to the game ready to play, which is good."
Sophomore Maddy McLaren then had a cross-cage score to tie it at 2-2 with 3:44 left in the first period. The Bruins reclaimed the lead off a great pass from Sami Hill as sophomore Danielle Ferraro had a nice drive and score at the 1:52 mark. Eggens quickly completed a hat trick with a penalty shot (1:38) to knot it at 3-3. But Fattal would score her first on a power play skip shot (1:01) to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead at the end of the first period.
Junior Kelly Ronimus opened the second period with a cross-cage power play goal to push the lead to 5-3 at the 6:41 mark. But Hawai'i would come storming back to take a 6-5 lead with three unanswered goals. Emily Carr had a nice one-timer on a 6-on-5 opportunity (6:01) then Caity Lopes da Silva scored on a counter attack nearside low corner (4:14). Eggens scored her fourth of the game on a penalty shot with 2:04 left in the second quarter. Then junior Becca Dorst evened the score at 6-6 (1:18) with a rebound shot off a power play shot by Donohoe. Fattal then gave the Bruins a 7-6 lead heading into halftime, with an exclusion goal with 15 seconds remaining in the first half.
"In the first half, nerves were in play," Hill said. "It is a really hard game to play after coming back from last night, having a hard game against Stanford. I think reading the defense and being where we were supposed to be in the second half was really helpful."
Freshman India Forster gave the Bruins an 8-6 lead after she scored a power play goal off a nice feed from Fattal with 6:05 left in the third period. Then Dorst scored the eventual game-winning goal when she made a powerful move at two meters, beating a double team, to put the Bruins up 9-6 (4:07). Amarens Genee cut the lead to 9-7 with a power play goal at the 3:23 mark of the third. But Ronimus fed Donohoe with a perect cross-pool pass and Donohoe had a great catch and finish to put the Bruins up 10-7 (2:31) to end the scoring in the third period.
Fattal opened the fourth on a power play strike with a defender in her grill, completing a hat trick, and giving the Bruins an 11-7 lead (7:27). Then senior Gisselle Naranjo drew a penalty shot and Fattal converted it for her fourth score of the game as UCLA led 12-7 with 5:29 remaining. Another freshman, Alexa Tielmann, scored for the Bruins with 1:31 to go as Hawai'i pulled its goalie on a power play. After a stop by the Bruins, Tielmann's shot from distance trickled into the goal with a couple of waves. Zoe Respondek ended the scoring at 13-8 with a long-distance lob shot over Hill with :03 on the clock.
"We had good attempts yesterday and today we had the same," Fattal said. "But today we finished our shots, which is always key."
Hill, a redshirt sophomore, played the entire game in goal for UCLA and recorded 13 saves. Amy Carlson also played the entire game in goal for Hawai'i and was credited with nine saves.
UCLA was stellar on power plays, shooting 6-for-7 while Hawai'i was 4-for-9 on its 6-on-5 opportunities. Both teams scored twice on penalty shots, going 2-for-2.
Donohoe led UCLA in scoring in 2013 with 70 goals, which tied for third in UCLA history. Kelly Rulon scored 70 goals during the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons. Fattal was second on the squad with 68 goals, which ranks seventh in school history. Hill ended up crushing the UCLA saves record with 314 this season, which was 50 more than Caitlin Dement recorded during the 2010 campaign (264).
"Coming into this year, this team had a lot of questions as to who was going to play what roles and where people were going to fit in," Brooks said. "We lost a few players along the way to injury and circumstances and this team battled forward and grew a lot. We play 12-13 people and seven of them plus a goalie are underclassmen. So to be clearly the third-best team in the country is solid moving forward. I think next year and the year's after that, we will be very very good, which is where we expect to be."
No. 6 Hawai'i vs. No. 3 UCLA
Hawai'i Goals: Monika Eggens 4, Caity Lopes da Silva, Emily Carr, Zoe Respondek, Amarens Genee
Hawai'i Saves: Amy Carlson 9
UCLA Goals: Rachel Fattal 4, Maddy McLaren, Alexa Tielmann
UCLA Saves: Sami Hill 13