No. 4 UCLA Stuns No. 1 Stanford, 9-8

April 30, 2011

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No. 4-seeded UCLA women's water polo team stunned No. 1 Stanford on Saturday afternoon, handing the Cardinal their first loss of the season with a 9-8 victory in the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament at San Jose State's Aquatics Center.

Senior Priscilla Orozco and sophomore Brooke Martin each scored three goals to lead the Bruins (24-5) to the huge win over Stanford (24-1). Saturday's win propels UCLA into the finals, where it will face No. 2-seeded California (22-4) on Sunday at 3 p.m.

UCLA also received one goal each from seniors Grace Reynolds and Megan Burmeister as well as sophomore Emily Greenwood. Stanford was led by Alyssa Lo and Annika Dries, who each scored two goals.

The Bruins and the Cardinal played to a 3-3 tie at the end of the first period. Burmeister tied it at 1-1 with 5:18 left and then Orozco scored at 3:10 to tie the score at 2-2. Orozco's second goal of the period came at 1:37 to end the scoring at 3-3.

Then UCLA's defense went to work, shutting out the Cardinal in the second period while taking a 5-3 lead into the break, a lead they would never relinquish. Martin gave the Bruins their first lead at 4-3 with 1:12 left in the second and then scored her second goal of the day with 35 seconds left, giving UCLA a 5-3 lead.

The only quarter Stanford won was the third period (2-1). The Cardinal scored the first two goals of the period, tying the game at 5-5 at the 5:51 mark. Orozco completed her hat trick, giving the Bruins a 6-5 lead on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 4:34 left in the third period.

In the fourth period, Stanford scored first on a power play goal with 7:20 left, tying the score at 6-6. But UCLA, the defending MPSF Tournament Champion, had the answer, scoring three straight goals to build its largest lead of the day at 9-6. Reynolds scored at 6:51, followed by Martin's hat trick at 6:03 and Greenwood's goal at 4:16 ended the scoring by UCLA. Lo made it 9-7 with 3:51 left and then Dries cut the lead to 9-8 on the following possession with 3:22 remaining. The Bruins defense again came to the rescue, stopping Stanford on two 6-on-5 opportunities in the final three minutes, including getting a huge save with 22 seconds left on a power play shot by Stanford's Kaley Dodson.

UCLA goalkeeper Caitlin Dement had five saves while Amber Oland was credited with seven saves in the cage for the Cardinal.

The Bruins will play No. 2-seed California in the championship match on Sunday at 3 p.m.

No. 4-seed UCLA vs. No. 1-seed Stanford (MPSF Tournament, Semifinals)

1 2 3 4 F
UCLA 3 2 1 3 9
Stanford 3 0 2 3 8

UCLA Goals: Priscilla Orozco 3, Brooke Martin 3, Emily Greenwood, Megan Burmeister, Grace Reynolds
UCLA Saves: Caitlin Dement 5

Stanford Goals: Annika Dries 2, Alyssa Lo 2, Melissa Seidemann, Kim Krueger, Cassie Churnside, Kaley Dodson
Stanford Saves: Amber Oldan 7

Exclusions: UCLA 9, Stanford 8

Game Summary: UCLA used a two-goal second period and held Stanford scorless in that same period to take a lead they would not relinquish in handing the Cardinal its first of the loss of the year. The Cardinal cut the lead to 9-8 with 3:22 remaining in the match and had chances at the end of the match to tie. The biggest chance came on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 22 seconds remaining. Kaley Dodson took a shot that was saved by UCLA.

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