After playing two non-conference teams last weekend, the #4 UCLA Women’s Water Polo team returns to MPSF action today against the #6 Arizona State Sun Devils.
At this point in the season, every MPSF game is important because UCLA is ranked fourth behind three MPSF (and Pac-12) foes: Southern Cal, Stanford and UC Berkeley and there are a limited number of at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament.
Currently, UCLA sits in third place behind the first place Golden Bears and the second place Trojans. So, a win today would certainly help the team’s seeding for the MPSF Tournament, which is now less than a month away.
Last Saturday, UCLA had two non-conference tuneups to help them prepare for the remainder of the season when they defeated Long Beach State, 9-4, and Hartwick, 15-7.
Against the 49ers, both Maddie Musselman and Devin Grab scored hat tricks. In Grab’s case, her second goal of the game would prove to be the game winner as it put UCLA up 5-0 and the goal that completed her hat trick was the 100th of her collegiate career. Nicole Reynolds, Grace Reego, and Rachel Whitelegge were the other Bruins who scored against LBSU.
Meanwhile, against Hartwick, Lizette Rozeboom recorded a hat trick and it was her third goal of that game which was her 100th career goal. Kelsey Blacker and Musselman each scored two goals while eight other Bruins would also score in this one.
This game was over before the half. The game-winning goal was scored by Myrna Simmons when she scored UCLA’s eighth goal of the first half.
Today’s game should be tougher since the Sun Devils are currently ranked sixth in the nation. That said, the Bruins need to jump in the pool today and take care of business because games against Southern Cal and Stanford are on the horizon.
This is your UCLA vs. Arizona State women’s water polo open thread.