Last Saturday in their final game at the Hawai’i Invitational, the UCLA Women’s Water Polo team won their seventeenth game of the season and their seventh in a row by defeating UCSB, 19-2.
Thirteen different Bruins scored in the game while Maddie Musselman picked up a hat trick. Musselman has now scored 45 goals this season.
In the first quarter, the Bruins’ Alys Williams started the scoring just eighteen seconds into the game. Less than a minute later, Musselman scored her first. Just over a minute later, Alexa Theilman scored the goal that proved to be the game winner. Williams would add her second goal of the game and Aubrie Monahan would score UCLA’s fifth goal of the game before the Gauchos would get on the scoreboard with their first goal. Lizette Rozeboom would cap the quarter with the Bruins’ sixth goal of the game and UCLA had a 6-1 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter looked a lot like the first. Rachel Fattal scored her first goal of the game and her first goal since March 18th’s game against UC Berkeley. Bronte Halligan gave the Bruins a seven-goal lead. Fattal added her second goal of the game and the 206th of her career and she was followed about a minute later by Mackenzie Barr, who gave UCLA a 10-1 lead. Musselman and Theilman each added their second goals of the game to give the Bruins a 12-1 lead. With about 30 seconds left in the half, UCSB scored their second and final goal of the game.
In the third quarter, UCLA was held to only three goals. Alexis Angermund and Rachel Whitelegge netted the first two scores before Musselman completed her hat trick as UCLA stretched their lead to 15-2.
Jenna Hurst and Grace Reego scored to make it 17-2 while Rozeboom added her second goal of the game. Nicole Reynolds was the thirteenth and final Bruin to make the final 19-2.
Today, UCLA will be in Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Sun Devils are ranked fourth in the nation after they defeated UC Berkeley, 7-6, on March 25th. Meanwhile, #1 Southern Cal hosts #2 Stanford. If the Bruins can win today’s game, they may be able to move up in the poll next week.
But, by all accounts, it looks like today could be a tough match for UCLA. While Arizona State has lost five matches, three of those losses have come against Southern Cal and Stanford. The other two came against UC Berkeley in February and #7 Michigan on March 4th.
This game should be a good one. Hopefully, the Bruins will come home with the win.
#3 UCLA Bruins (17-1, 3-0)
Opponent: #4 Arizona State Sun Devils (18-5, 2-2)
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:00 pm PT
Where: Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, AZ
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Live Stats: TheFosh.net
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