UCLA 22, Wagner 2

May 13, 2005

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship (Game 3)
Result: No. 1 UCLA 22, No. 8 Wagner 2
Records: UCLA (31-0), Wagner (24-8)
Next UCLA Game: Saturday, May 14 -- vs. Hawaii/Loyola Marymount winner, 4:30 p.m.
Next Redlands Game: Saturday, May 14 -- vs. Hawaii/Loyola Marymount loser, 1:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. No. 1 seed UCLA continued its perfect season with a 22-2 victory over No. 8 seed Wagner Friday (May 13) in the opening round of the NCAA Championships at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium. The Bruins exploded for 10 goals in the first quarter, leading to the lop-sided victory.

UCLA came out on fire in the first quarter, scoring on its first five possessions of the game, including a pair of goals by both sophomore Kelly Rulon and junior Thalia Munro. Following a timeout at the four-minute mark, Wagner answered with a goal by senior Jamie Fullon that just slipped just inside the right post, but UCLA continued to dominate on the offensive end, scoring the next five goals of the game to take a 10-1 lead after seven minutes of play.

Wagner struck first in the second quarter with a four-meter penalty goal by junior Sara Kramer. UCLA, however, went on to score the final 12 goals of the game to seal the victory. Over the final three periods, sophomore Brittney Bowlus led the Bruins with four goals and freshman Gabrielle Domanic added two of her three tallies.

UCLA (31-0) will face the winner of No. 4 Hawaii and No. 5 Loyola Marymount on Saturday (May 14) at 4:30 p.m., while Wagner (24-8) will take on the loser of the Hawaii/Loyola Marymount contest on Saturday (May 14) at 1:30 p.m.

UCLA Head Coach Adam Krikorian
On the result of the win & "I feel please with the win. I think going into it, we had somewhat of an idea of how the game was going to go. We felt pretty confident going into the game. At the tournament, it was great for us to get off to a good start. With two games left, this game was just an awesome opportunity for us to get a feel for what the next two games are going to be like. The starters got a feel for it, the goalies got a feel for it, and we got the opportunity to play some of people that usually don't get a lot of playing time. That was just an awesome opportunity in a setting like this (at the national championships)."

On statement games & "Everytime we play, we want to make a statement. Whether it's this game, whether it's the beginning of the season, we always try to come out hard and come out fast. We certainly did that again today. It's always nice to do that, to get out to a lead early."

Freshman Driver Gabrielle Domanic
On the Bruins' victory & "It felt good. The excitement of the team and everything like that. We were able to come out and play our style and our game."

Sophomore Center Brittney Bowlus
On the opportunity to play in the tournament & "It's just really exciting to be here and get to play. I think our whole team's excited. I know I'm excited. We played with a lot of heart and it was a lot of fun."

Wagner Head Coach Patrick Beemer
On preparing to play UCLA & "I think that it's tough to play the Bruins. They'll give you a head check. It's hard to prepare for the number one team in the country. The girls got a little jumpy and we tried to calm them down. That's the biggest thing -- we can't make the girls bigger, stronger, or faster, but we've got to get them mentally prepared (to face UCLA)."

On staying positive during the game & "We came out and adjusted a little for the second quarter. You just have to find the little things to encourage the girls. It's just a learning experience, and we learned a lot from this game."

Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 F
Wagner 1 1 0 0 2
UCLA 10 2 4 6 22

Wagner Goals: Jamie Fullon, Sara Kramer. UCLA Goals: Brittney Bowlus 4, Gabrielle Domanic 3, Kelly Rulon 3, Thalie Munro 3, Natalie Golda 2, Courtney Matthewson 2, Monique Blanchard 2, Katherine Bleden, Jillian Kraus, Brittany Rowe.. Ejections: Wagner 8, UCLA 3. Goalie Saves: Katie Hauck (Wagner) 5, Emily Feher (UCLA) 1, Thalie Kerr (UCLA) 3.

-- Courtesy University of Michigan