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Despite Loss to Stanford, Bruins Receive At-Large Bid to NCAA Final Four

Nov. 28, 2004

STANFORD, Calif. - In the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams, No. 2 Stanford's defense proved too much for No. 1 UCLA as The Cardinal held on for a 7-6 victory and won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament title Sunday evening at the Avery Aquatics Complex. The loss snapped the Bruins' 18-match winning streak, but the NCAA has still awarded UCLA an at-large bid and a No. 2 seed into next weekend's NCAA Final Four.

The teams exchanged four goals apiece through the first two periods and headed into halftime knotted. Senior attacker Albert Garcia led the first half charge for the Bruins with two goals while Josh Hewko and David Pietsch provided the other two scores.

After the break it was Stanford's Tony Azevedo who provided the difference, scoring two of The Cardinal's final three goals, including the eventual game winner. UCLA scored one goal in each of the final two periods, both netted by senior attacker Brett Ormsby. However, Stanford scored twice in the third period and once again in the fourth as Azevedo gave The Cardinal the final advantage.

The season series between UCLA and Stanford is now tied at 2-2... Stanford (first seed), by winning the conference tournament, joins Loyola Marymount (fourth seed) and Princeton (third seed) as the three schools with automatic bids into the NCAA Championsip weekend. UCLA, by virtue of its 23-3 record and No. 1 national ranking received the at-large bid. The Final Four, just like the MPSF Tournament, will be hosted by Stanford from Dec. 4-5.

            1   2   3   4    F
UCLA   	    2   2   1   1 =  6
Stanford   	2   2   2   1 =  7

UCLA Goals: Albert Garcia 2, Brett Ormsby 2, Josh Hewko, David Pietsch Stanford Goals: Azevedo 3, Crum 2, Varellas, Drake UCLA Saves: Joe Axelrad 13 Stanford Saves: Chad Taylor 8

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