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Women's Water Polo Cruises Past Salem, 24-3

Jan 29, 2022
Bella Wentzel

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Four Bruins recorded hat tricks as No. 3 UCLA cruised to a 24-3 win over Salem in the nightcap of Day One of the Michigan Invitational. A total of 12 Bruin players found the back of the net, including all four true freshmen. Emma Lineback led the rookie class with three goals and a team-high four assists, while Molly Renner and Nicole Struss scored two each, and Grace Myers scored once.

UCLA's three-goal scorers were Lineback, redshirt sophomore Alex Peros, sophomore Anneliese Miller, and senior Bella Wentzel, who recorded her first career hat trick.

UCLA (7-0) shot a blistering .649 (24-37) in the game and held Salem (0-2)  to just .091 (3-33) shooting. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Georgia Phillips made 18 saves for the Bruins.

Annefluer ten Bloemendal led Salem with two goals.

> UCLA outscored Salem 7-1 in the opening period.
> Salem scored the first goal of the game, at 7:04, as Annefleur ten Bloemendal put the Tigers up 1-0. The Bruins scored seven straight to end the quarter. Emma Lineback tied it up with 6:37 on the clock, and Molly Renner put UCLA ahead for good at 5:48.
> Katrina Drake scored her first goal at 3:25, blocked a shot on Salem's next possession, then scored her second goal at 2:54 to give UCLA a 5-1 lead.

> UCLA scored the first three goals of the second period and outscored Salem 5-1 to take a 12-2 halftime lead.
> Bella Wentzel, who scored late in the first period, recorded two goals in the second to notch her first career hat trick.

> The Bruins blanked the Tigers in the third period, 6-0, with all six goals coming from different players.
> Alex Peros scored the first of her three goals at 7:40 to put UCLA ahead 13-2.

> UCLA outscored Salem 6-1 in the fourth period to provide the 24-3 final score.
> Anneliese Miller's penalty shot at 6:41 was her third goal of the game, giving the sophomore the first hat trick of her career.
> Lineback's goal at 4:14 gave her three goals and her third career hat trick.
> Peros scored twice in the period (4:58 and 2:16) to record her first hat trick of the season and second of her career.

The Bruins will face LIU at 9:30 a.m. PT on Sunday before closing the tournament against host Michigan at 12:30 p.m. PT.

No. 3 UCLA vs. Salem (Michigan Invitational)

Salem 1 1 0 1 3
No. 3 UCLA 7 5 6 6 24

6x5 - Salem - 1/4 - UCLA - 1/3
Penalties – Salem – 0/0 - UCLA – 2-2

Salem Goals: Annefleur ten Bloemendal 2, Sierra Maze 1
Salem Saves: Philippa Piper 3

UCLA Goals: Bella Wentzel 3, Alex Peros 3, Anneliese Miller 3, Emma Lineback 3, Fiona Kuesis 2, Molly Renner 2, Katrina Drake 2, Nicole Struss 2, Abbi Hill 1, Brooke Doten 1, Maddie Musselman 1, Grace Myers 1
UCLA Saves: Georgia Phillips 18