March 27, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Junior Priscilla Orozco scored a team-high two goals, but it wasn't enough as the fourth-ranked UCLA women's water polo team fell to No. 2 Stanford, 11-6, in an MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon.
Stanford (18-1, 4-0 MPSF) was led by sophomore Melissa Seidemann, who had four goals on the day (two each in the first two quarters). The Cardinal also received two goals each from sophomore Pallavi Menon, senior Kelly Eaton and senior Kelsey Holshouser.
The Cardinal got on the board first, converting a steal into a break away goal by Seidemann at 7:39 of the first quarter.
UCLA (14-6, 2-2 MPSF) claimed its only lead of the day with back-to-back goals from junior Megan Burmeister (7:13) and Orozco (exclusion goal at 5:13). But Stanford would end the period with a 4-2 advantage with three unanswered goals.
Stanford scored the first two goals of the second period, the first a penalty shot by Eaton, to take a 6-2 lead. The Cardinal led 7-3 at the break. For the match, the Cardinal scored on two penalty shots and one 6-on-5 opportunity.
The Bruins played better in the second half, only being outscored 4-3 in the third and fourth quarters combined. UCLA scored on the last possession of the third quarter, an exclusion goal by freshman Emily Greenwood with 15 seconds left, to end the scoring at 9-4.
Orozco opened the scoring in the fourth quarter, trimming Stanford's lead to 9-5 with 7:28 left. But that was as close as they would get as the Cardinal answered with back-to-back goals by Menon and freshman Annika Dries. UCLA freshman Leah Trella ended the match with a 20-meter shot at the buzzer that just got by Stanford goalie Amber Oland.
Oland finished the day with 10 saves while Bruin goalie Caitlin Dement stopped five in the cage for UCLA.
The Bruins close out their home regular season slate tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. tilt against No. 6 San Jose State at Spieker Aquatics Center.
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 4 UCLA (MPSF Contest)
Stanford Goals: Melissa Seidemann 4, Kelsey Holshouser 2, Kelly Eaton 2, Pallavi Menon 2, Annika Dries
Stanford Saves: Amber Oland 10