Oct. 16, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - In a near mirror image of last month's SoCal Tournament in Irvine, UCLA, who breezed through the first day of competition on Saturday, dropped tough, one-goal matches to California and Stanford on Sunday to take fourth in the 2005 NorCal Tournament. The Bruins (13-4) fell to No. 2 Cal by a score of 7-6 in Sunday's semifinal match before succumbing to No. 4 Stanford, 6-5 in the third-place match.
UCLA at one point led The Cardinal 4-1, but Stanford outscored the Bruins 5-1 over the final two periods to claim the victory. UCLA's Christian Pulido and Krsto Sbutega each tallied to goals in the loss. Goalkeeper Will Didinger grabbed six saves.
Against California, the Bruins were outscored 5-3 in the fourth period after taking a 3-1 lead into halftime. Pulido and David Pietsch notched two goals for the Bruins with Cameron Smith and John Blanchette each also contributing a score. Didinger made a season-high tying 11 saves in the defeat.