Water polo loses its 10-game win streak to UCLA


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Fresno State’s goalkeeper blocks a shot.

By Alexis Bruno, Reporter

The No. 9 Fresno State water polo team suffered a 15-7 loss to No. 3 UCLA, ending its 10-game winning streak on April 6 at the Spieker Aquatics Center. 

Prior to the defeat, Fresno State Head Coach Natalie Benson told The Collegian her thoughts on the team’s win streak.

“We try not to think too much about the streaks, like obviously it’s nice, but we are just one game at a time,” Benson said. 

The Bruins started off hot early in the game with a 2-0 lead, but Bulldog attacker Hailey Andress scored on an assist to get the ‘Dogs on the board.

Only 14 seconds later, the Bruins struck back to gain a 3-1 advantage.  

With 2:46 left in the first period, Andress took charge and scored, making it a 1-goal game. 

But the Bulldogs could not make stops defensively, allowing four goals to close out the first period. The Bruins led 7-2.

Starting the second period, the Bruins continued their run with a shot by utility player Anna Pearson to extend the lead. 

Bulldogs attacker Ella Simone ended the scoring drought for the ‘Dogs on a hard shot to the cage with just over five minutes remaining, 8-3.

The Bruins responded with a 2-0 run that created a bigger gap for the Bulldogs. 

Andress scored her third goal on a penalty shot to close out the second quarter. She finished  as the top scorer for the ‘Dogs going 3-for-6 in shooting. 

Fresno State trailed at halftime 10-4. 

Coming out of halftime, the Bruins quickly racked up five straight goals, making the score 15-4. 

The majority of the third period remained scoreless for the ‘Dogs until attacker Kaitlin Howarth scored with 59 seconds left. 

The Bruins continued ahead at the end of the third period, 15-5. 

In the final period, the ‘Dogs combined for two shots, but it wasn’t enough to come back. The Bulldogs were defeated, 15-7. 

Fresno State falls to 14-8 overall but still remains 6-0 in Golden Coast Conference play. They will close out the regular season facing off against Santa Clara on April 22 at the Sullivan Aquatics Center.