March 11, 2007

No. 2 UCLA Overpowers No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 21-8

March 11, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The second-ranked UCLA women's water team handily defeated the visiting No. 12 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team Sunday at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, 21-8. The Gauchos fall to 10-10 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with the loss while the Bruins improved to 15-1 overall, and 7-0 in MPSF play.

The Gauchos struck first on a lob shot from sophomore utility Gillian Morgan less than a minute into the game. The Bruins responded with seven unanswered goals to close out the first quarter with a 7-1 lead.

Bruins Molly Cahill and Katie Rulon both scored twice in the first to help the Bruins build an insurmountable lead. UCLA continued its scoring rampage in the second quarter, adding on five goals to take a 12-2 lead into halftime. Between the second and third quarters, the team scored 12 unanswered goals to take a commanding 19-2 lead.

Katie Rulon tied Kelly Rulon's UCLA record with five goals in the game. Morgan, junior attacker Lindsay Knott and sophomore defender Amanda Tipton all conrtibued two gaosl each for the Gauchos.

Jenny Gonzalez had six saves for the Gauchos. Emily Feher made four saves and allowed only three goals before leaving at the end of the third quarter.

The Gauchos travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on conference team Arizona State and participate in the Sun Devils' tournament March 30-April 1.

Score by quarter
1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 7 5 7 2 21
UC Santa Barbara 1 1 1 5 8

UCLA Goals: Katie Rulon 5, Molly Cahill 4, Brittany Rowe 3, Gabrielle Domanic 2, Anne Belden 2, Courtney Mathewson, Jillian Kraus, Kelly Rulon, Kacy Kunkel
UCSB Goals: Gillian Morgan 2, Lindsay Knott 2, Amanda Tipton 2, Teale Walheim, Aimee Stachowski

UCLA Saves: Emily Feher 4, Brittany Fullen 2
UCSB Saves: Jenny Gonzalez 6