May 15, 2010

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics

SAN DIEGO - The No. 3 seed UCLA Bruins women's water polo team (21-8) led the entire match, dominating Marist (18-16) in a 14-3 win in the consolation round of the 2010 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship at the Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego on Saturday afternoon (May 15).

The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. UCLA got goals from KK Clark and Sarah Orozco before Grace Reynolds scored back-to-back goals at the 5:00 and 4:25 mark of the opening period. Her second goal was a quick fire on a power play after she had drawn an exclusion on a Marist player.

UCLA goalkeeper Caitlin Dement opened the second period with a save on a penalty shot with 6:20 to go. Then Hannah Sebenaler put the Bruins up 5-0 with a low shot that found the right corner, beating Marist keeper Jessica Getchius with 5:54 left in the first half. Clark scored her second goal of the day to push the lead to 6-0 with 2:32 left in the second quarter when she faked a shot and then fired cross-cage for her 27th goal of the season. Megan Burmeister scored her 16th of the year on a 6-on-5 opportunity off a rebound save with 1:45 remaining in the second to end the scoring for the first half, giving the Bruins a 7-0 lead at the break. Dement ended the first half with four saves while Getchius record six for Marist.

The Bruins pushed the lead to 8-0 in the third quarter on a counter attack on a skip shot from Clark to complete her hat trick with 6:00 minutes to go in the third. Katie Estrada made it 9-0 with her fourth goal of the year with 4:22 left in the third period when she fired a shot off the post and into the corner. UCLA scored on another counter attack by Clark, her fourth of the day, to make it 10-0 with 3:13 to go. Estrada scored her second of the match on a backhanded shot that beat Getchius on her left that gave UCLA an 11-0 lead with 59 ticks left in the third, ending the scoring in the period. Dement left the match at the end of the third period with nine saves.

Junior Morgan Ronimus relieved Dement in the UCLA cage for the fourth quarter. Samantha Swartz beat Ronimus on a penalty shot with 6:08 left in the match to make it 11-1. But the Bruins answered back with a penalty score of their own by Priscilla Orozco with 5:25 remaining to extend the lead to 12-1. Swartz scored her second of the match, this time on a power play with 4:05 to go to make it 12-2. Angie Rampton just squeezed the ball past Ronimus for the second straight goal for Marist to make it 12-3 with 2:52 remaining. Emily Greenwood scored on a catch and shoot for her 17th goal of the season to push the lead to 13-3 with 54 seconds left in the match. Kelsey McGinley ended the scoring with six seconds remaining on a strong side skip shot.

Dement finished with nine saves and Ronimus picked up one in the fourth period while Getchius recorded 11 for Marist.

The Bruins will face the Michigan Wolverines in tomorrow's fifth-place match at 1:35 p.m. at the Aztec Aquaplex.