No. 1 UCLA Downs No. 2 Stanford, 8-7, in Sudden-Victory Overtime

Feb. 24, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Gabrielle Domanic scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in sudden-victory overtime to lead the No. 1 UCLA women's water polo team to a thrilling 8-7 win against No. 2 Stanford in the championship match at the UC Irvine Invitational on Sunday evening.

UCLA (17-0) never trailed in regulation. Deadlocked, 6-6, following the fourth quarter, the game entered two three-minute overtime sessions followed by one three-minute sudden-victory period.

Stanford (9-2) captured its first lead of the match with 2:46 remaining in the second overtime period, as Koree Blyleven scored her second goal of the game. UCLA took advantage of its third 6-on-5 opportunity in overtime when senior Jillian Kraus registered a goal with 46 seconds to play in the period.

Domanic's goal with seven seconds remaining in the game handed UCLA the lead for good.

Sunday evening's championship match marked the first game between both programs since UCLA defeated Stanford, 5-4, in the 2007 NCAA Championship match in Los Alamitos, Calif. (May 13, 2007).

The win handed UCLA its 17th consecutive win of the season and its 25th straight victory, a streak which dates back to last season's 7-6 loss at Stanford (April 14, 2007).

Kraus and junior Tanya Gandy led UCLA with two goals each. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen registered a career-high 15 saves in the cage for the Bruins, stopping five shots in overtime.

Stanford's Lauren Silver recorded a game-high three goals. Amber Oland made 11 saves in goal for the Cardinal.

UCLA returns to action at No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 1. Game time is set for 12 p.m.

No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 1 UCLA

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

Stanford Goals: Lauren Silver 3, Koree Blyleven 2, Jacquelyn Gauthier, Kelly Eaton
Stanford Saves: Amber Oland 11

UCLA Goals: Tanya Gandy 2, Jillian Kraus 2, Gabrielle Domanic, Courtney Mathewson, Priscilla Orozco, Brittany Rowe
UCLA Saves: Brittany Fullen 15

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