The Bruins jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first quarter behind goals from Becca Dorst, Rachel Fattal and Kodi Hill before the Cardinal answered back with two straight goals. The Bruins added a power play goal by Emily Donohoe to move ahead 4-2 after one quarter.
An exclusion goal by Stanford's Ashley Grossman brought the Cardinal back to within a goal, but Danielle Ferraro and then Fattal with a power play goal made it 6-3 UCLA before the half.
The Bruin defense was strong all game, making several key steals, and goalkeeper Sami Hill totaled 11 saves for the Bruins, who improved to 15-1 on the season. Dorst and Fattal led the Bruins with two goals apiece.
UCLA will face USC in the championship match in Irvine. The Trojans defeated California, 12-7, in the earlier semifinal.
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 3 UCLA
|No. 2 Stanford||2||1||2||1||6|
|No. 3 UCLA||4||2||2||1||9|
Stanford Goals: Ashley Grossman (2), Kaley Dodson, Melena Masson, Jamie Neushul, Annika Dries
UCLA Goals: Rachel Fattal (2), Becca Dorst (2), Kodi Hill, Emily Donohoe, Danielle Ferraro, Mackenzie Barr, Alexa Tielmann
Saves: Gabby Stone (Stanford) - 7; Sami Hill (UCLA) - 11