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Fifth-Ranked Bruins Upset Top-Ranked California, 7-6 in Sudden Victory Overtime

Oct. 18, 2003

Sophomore center defender Michael March scored the game winning goal less than two minutes into the sudden-victory overtime period to give the fifth-ranked Bruins (9-4) a 7-6 victory over top-ranked California (12-4) in their MPSF opener at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.

Junior driver Peter Belden put UCLA ahead 6-5 with 40 seconds remaining in the first overtime period. The Golden Bears had chances to tie the game in the frame, but two saves from Joe Axelrad kept the Bruins in the lead. Strong defensive play from both teams kept the score at 6-5 in the second overtime period, but after an ejection on Brett Ormsby with 11 seconds left, a California goal from Greg Panawak evened the score at 6-6 and sent the match into sudden victory.

UCLA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when David Pietsch scored the only goal of the first quarter. Yet, two unanswered goals from the Golden Bears in the second period gave California a 2-1 advantage at halftime.

Three straight goals from the Bruins, including scores from Chris Pulido, Ted Peck and March put them up 4-2 with 1:22 left in the third frame. A Cal goal from Sean Vienna narrowed the UCLA lead to one goal heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final period of regulation, UCLA increased its lead back to two goals when Josh Hewko scored an extra-man goal with 4:20 left in the match. The Golden Bears scored twice in the final three minutes to tie the match and send it into extra minutes.

1-2-3-4-OT=Final #1 California 0-2-1-2-1=6 #5 UCLA 1-0-3-1-2=7

Cal Goals - Panawek (2), Vienna, Banhidy, Vasiljevic, Quist UCLA Goals - March (2), Ormsby, Peck, Pietsch, Belden, Hewko Cal Goalkeeping - Tim Kates - 6 saves, 7 goals allowed UCLA Goalkeeping - Joe Axelrad - 7 saves, 6 goals allowed

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