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Third-Ranked Bruins Defeat Top-Ranked Stanford, 8-6 In Third-Place Match

Dec. 1, 2002

After a hard loss the day before at the hands of Pepperdine, the third-ranked Bruins handed the top-ranked Cardinal a 8-6 loss of their own in the third-place match of the MPSF Tournament in Los Alamitos. With the win, UCLA moves to 15-8 on the season and picks up its first win over Stanford since November 4th, 2000.

UCLA started off quickly with Dan Yeilding's score only 1:02 into the game. The Cardinal struck back at the 4:42 mark to even the score. However, the Bruins rattled off two more goals in the period, including Brett Ormsby's extra-man goal with 17 seconds remaining to build a 3-2 lead after the first.

Yeilding found the back of the net again to increase the Bruin lead to 4-2, but Stanford's Tony Azevedo scored only 36 seconds later dropping the lead back to one. With 1:15 left in the half, Stanford's Mike Derse was called for a penalty, which Josh Hewko converted to give the Bruins a 5-3 advantage. Once again, the Cardinal was quick to respond with a Derse goal 28 seconds later. The teams headed into halftime with UCLA leading 5-4.

The Cardinal tied the match for the second time when Azevedo scored at the 4:10 mark in the third. However, UCLA responded this time, insuring the Cardinal would never lead, when Matt Flesher put the Bruins ahead 6-5 with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter. Stanford stayed true to its pattern, tying the score with 41 seconds left in the period and kept the score at 6-6 heading into the fourth.

The Bruins held the Cardinal scoreless in the final seven minutes and gained its final lead when Flesher scored with 4:52 left in the match. The senior from Diamond Bar sealed the match for UCLA when he converted its second four-meter penalty shot of the night with three seconds left in the game.

Goalkeeper Brandon Brooks recorded 13 saves in the match to make him UCLA's career saves leader with 700 over his four-year career. He surpasses Matt Swanson's mark of 695.

UCLA 3-2-1-2=8
Stanford 2-2-2-0=6
UCLA- Flesher (3), D. Yeilding (2), Peck, Ormsby, Hewko
Stanford-Azevedo (2), Guyman, Nesmith, Derse
Goalkeepers -UCLA-Brooks (13 saves, 6 GA A);Stanford - Ellis (7 saves, 7 GA A)

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