UCLA Women's Water Polo Wins 2012 MPSF Tournament Title

April 29, 2012

MPSF Tournament Central
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STANFORD, Calif. - KK Clark scored with 46 seconds left in the first of two overtime periods to lead the No. 2-seeded UCLA women's water polo team past No. 1-seed Stanford, 8-7, in the MPSF Tournament's championship match at Avery Aquatic Center on Sunday.

UCLA (21-3) secured its second MPSF Tournament title in the last three years.

In addition, the Bruins snapped Stanford's 37-game home winning streak at Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal's last home loss took place Feb. 7, 2009, in a 12-10 overtime loss to USC.

Becca Dorst led the Bruins with three goals in a game that featured seven lead changes. The game was deadlocked, 7-7, at the end of regulation, prompting two three-minute overtime periods.

Stanford's Kaley Dodson and Kiley Neushul each scored two goals for the host Cardinal.

Sunday's victory helped UCLA secure the MPSF's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship, to be played at San Diego State from May 11-13. The complete NCAA Tournament field will be revealed Monday at 5 p.m. online at ncaa.com.

In addition to three goals from Dorst and two from Clark, UCLA received two goals from Sarah Orozco and one from Hannah Sebenaler.

Stanford (23-2) led UCLA, 3-2, after the first quarter and owned a slim 5-4 advantage at halftime.

The Bruins battled back in the third quarter, as Sebenaler (6:39) and Dorst (1:16) scored consecutive goals to put UCLA ahead, 6-5. The Bruins held Stanford scoreless in the third period and entered the fourth quarter with a 6-5 cushion.

Stanford's Dodson evened the game, 6-6, early in the final quarter of regulation. She added her second goal of the match with 3:53 to play, giving the Cardinal a 7-6 advantage.

Dorst added the equalizer with 2:42 to play in regulation, knotting the championship match at 7-7.

UCLA's Caitlin Dement and Stanford's Kate Baldoni each recorded 12 saves in goal.

The Bruins have gone 2-2 this season against Stanford. The Cardinal earned a 9-5 victory at the Stanford Invitational on Feb. 5. UCLA defeated Stanford, 5-4, at the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 26, and the Cardinal handed the Bruins an 8-1 loss in both teams' final regular-season match on April 21 at UCLA.

UCLA has earned its eighth consecutive berth to the NCAA Tournament (2005-2012). The Bruins have won 11 national titles, including seven NCAA Championships (since the sport moved to NCAA status in 2001).

No. 2-seed UCLA vs. No. 1-seed Stanford (MPSF Tournament, championship game)

1 2 3 4 OT OT F
UCLA 2 2 2 1 1 0 8
Stanford 3 2 0 2 0 0 7

UCLA Goals: Becca Dorst 3, KK Clark 2, Sarah Orozco 2, Hannah Sebenaler
UCLA Saves: Caitlin Dement 12

Stanford Goals: Kaley Dodson 2, Kiley Neushul 2, Ashley Grossman, Kaitlyn Lo, Pallavi Menon
Stanford Saves: Kate Baldoni 12

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
W, 23 - 2
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
W, 25 - 3
Saturday, Apr 09
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 8
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 16 - 6
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 8 (3OT)
Friday, Apr 29
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 10 - 3
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4