March 25, 2008
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UCLA travels to Hawaii Mar. 26-28 to face the Canadian national team followed by a pivotal MPSF game with the No. 4 Rainbow Wahine Friday (Mar. 28). UCLA is one game up on Hawaii for first place in the MPSF standings with five conference games remaining. The top-ranked Bruins have won 29 straight games dating back to last year, and picked up an 8-7 MPSF win at USC Mar. 14. The No. 1 Bruins are led by junior Katie Rulon and senior Jillian Kraus who each own 41 goals this year (2.05/gm). Junior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen allows only 5.10 goals per game (107 GA/21 GP).
HAWAII topped No. 9 San Jose State 11-8 last Saturday, before dropping its first MPSF game 10-9 in overtime to No. 2 Stanford Monday. Freshman Carmen Eggens tallied a hat trick in the first half against the Spartans. Juniors Lisa Van Raalte and Angela Turnbull scored three goals vs. the Cardinal.
STANFORD moved into a third-place tie by giving No. 4 Hawaii its first MPSF loss, 10-9 in overtime in Honolulu. Neither team had a lead of more than one goal the entire way. Junior Kira Hillman scored the game-winner with 2:13 left in the second overtime session. Brown, Long Beach State, and CS Monterey Bay are on the Cardinal schedule this weekend (Mar. 28-30).
CALIFORNIA used a 6-1 fourth quarter to put away No. 14 CS Northridge 14-8 last Saturday in MPSF action. Ten different Bears found the cage, with sophomore Grace Reynolds leading the way with four goals. Senior Heather Stuart tallied eight saves in less than four quarters. Cal heads to No. 6 San Diego State Thursday (Mar. 27) for a pivotal MPSF game.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE edged Pacific 7-6 in overtime last Friday in Stockton, behind sophomore goalkeeper Jillian Stapf's 10 saves. The Matadors stayed close for three quarters with No. 5 California last Saturday in Berkeley, before coming up short 14-8. Senior Allison Brookes scored four goals and Stapf picked up 12 more saves. CSUN makes the short trip to Loyola Marymount Saturday (Mar. 29) to face the No. 11 Lions and CS Bakersfield.
LONG BEACH STATE won a home doubleheader last Tuesday, defeating Maryland 15-6 and No. 20 Princeton 9-6. Freshman goalkeeper Kristen Stragier totaled 21 saves in the two wins, including 14 vs. the Terrapins. Senior Dayna Wawrzynski combined for six goals, four vs. Maryland, while freshman Kelsie Emerick tallied four vs. the Tigers. LBSU used a 5-2 fourth quarter to break a 4-4 tie. The 49ers now return to MPSF play, traveling to Stanford and San Jose State this weekend (Mar. 29-30).
SAN JOSE STATE dropped an 11-8 decision at No. 4 Hawaii last Saturday. Junior Juliet Moss had three goals and senior Kendra Adama recorded 11 saves in the cage. The Spartans host Long Beach State Sunday (Mar. 30) in an MPSF game.
PACIFIC senior Virginia McConnell scored three goals as did freshman Dara Tawarahara in a 7-6 overtime loss to No. 14 CS Northridge. Senior Jocelyn Gray collected 16 saves in her final home game. Pacific will play the remainder of its schedule on the road, beginning at Arizona State Friday (Mar. 28) in an MPSF game. The Tigers also partake in the ASU Invite this weekend.
SAN DIEGO STATE hosts No. 5 California and No. 3 USC Thursday and Saturday (Mar. 27-29). The Aztecs and Trojans are tied for third in the MPSF race entering the week. SDSU has won eight straight dating back to a Mar. 1 loss at Stanford.
USC hosts No. 18 UC Santa Barbara Friday (Mar. 28), followed by a visit to No. 6 San Diego State Saturday (Mar. 29). Entering the week, the Trojans and Aztecs are tied for third in the MPSF.
ARIZONA STATE picked up a huge 8-7 upset over No. 4 California in their last game on Mar. 15 in Tempe. Senior Caylinn Wallace picked up her third straight 15-save outing and was named conference co-player of the week. MPSF action resumes at home with Pacific Saturday (Mar. 29), to be followed by the ASU Invite later that day and into Sunday (Mar. 30).
UC IRVINE makes the short trip to Pomona-Pitzer Wednesday (Mar. 26). The No. 8 Anteaters are coming off a 10-1 win over No. 15 Indiana on Mar. 13. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Machanis stopped 13 shots in that game.
UC SANTA BARBARA visits No. 3 USC Friday (Mar. 28). The Gauchos were last in action in an 11-5 loss at Hawaii, Mar. 15.
EGGENS AND REYNOLDS NAMED MPSF MIKASA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Woodland, Calif. - Hawaii freshman Carmen Eggens (Pitt Meadows, British Columbia/Pitt Meadows Secondary) nailed three goals this past Saturday to lift the No. 4 Rainbow Wahine to an 11-8 win over No. 9 San Jose State. Her hat trick was completed in the first half, as Hawaii would grab an early lead not to be relinquished. She is the first freshman to earn this award in '08.... California sophomore Grace Reynolds (Tustin, CA/ Foothill HS) scored four times in a 14-8 win last Saturday over No. 14 CS Northridge. Her final goal in the fourth quarter was crucial in a game in which the Bears led by just one after three periods.