May 13, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
The No. 3-seed UCLA women's water polo team built a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and went on to defeat sixth-seeded Indiana, 8-5, in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Senior Grace Reynolds led UCLA with two goals as seven different Bruins scored on the day. Seniors Noel Umphrey, Kelly Easterday and Priscilla Orozco each scored a goal against the Hoosiers, as did sophomores Brooke Martin, Emily Greenwood and Gisselle Naranjo. Nicole Redder and Shae Fournier each scored two goals to lead Indiana.
Reynolds scored the first two goals of the match, scoring in the upper right corner on a power play goal at 6:56 and then on the right in traffic with 3:33 to go to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Martin made it 3-0 on a 6-on-5 opportunity on a nice feed from Naranjo with 2:38 left in the opening period. Fournier got the Hoosiers on the board on a power play goal at the 2:13 mark when she fired a low shot in the right corner past UCLA goalkeeper Caitlin Dement. Junior Sarah Orozco set up her sister, Priscilla, who ended the first-period scoring with 11 seconds left with a soft shot over Hosier goalie Cassie Wyckoff.
Fournier scored her second goal, this one on a penalty shot, firing one into the high left corner to make it 4-2 with 4:13 left in the second period. Umphrey then finished the scoring with 47 seconds left of the first half. Dement made a great stop with 31 seconds left on another penalty shot by Fournier to send the Bruins into the locker room with a 5-2 lead at halftime.
Indiana scored the first and only goal of the third period on another 6-on-5 opportunity when Redder fired a shot over the head of Dement that landed in the back of the net with 5:43 left in the quarter to make it 5-3. UCLA struggled offensively in the third period and misfired on both 6-on-5 opportunities. The Bruins had two shots hit the crossbar and another hit the right post as UCLA went scoreless in the third period.
The Bruins had their first two shots of the fourth quarter hit the crossbar, but Naranjo executed two nice shot fakes and then scored on a lob shot over Wyckoff in the right corner to push the lead back to 6-3 with 6:04 remaining in the contest. Jakie Kohli scored a power play goal on a low shot in the left corner with 5:27 to go to trim the lead to 6-4. But UCLA's Greenwood had an answer, scoring on a 4-on-2 break after the Bruins got a blind-side steal with 2:04 left. Redder scored her second goal of the day on a 6-on-5 opportunity when she beat Dement strong side with 1:34 remaining to make it 7-5. Easterday ended the scoring on an aggressive move from two meters to make give the Bruins the 8-5 victory.
Dement was credited with 10 saves in the cage for the Bruins, including four in the third quarter when UCLA went scoreless. Wyckoff picked up seven stops in goal for Indiana. The Hoosiers earned 10 exclusions and two penalty shots compared to five exclusions drawn for UCLA. Indiana scored four of their five goals on 6-on-5 opportunities and the other on a penalty shot. UCLA held the Hoosiers scoreless when both teams were at full strength.
No. 3-seed UCLA will face No. 2-seed California (a rematch of the MPSF Tournament finals) in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (PT). The Golden Bears defeated seventh-seeded UC San Diego, 13-5, in their opening round game.
No. 3-seed UCLA vs. No. 6-seed Indiana (NCAA Tournament, First Round)
Indiana Goals: Shae Fournier 2, Nicole Redder 2, Jakie Kohli
Indiana Saves: Cassie Wyckoff 7
Exclusions: UCLA 10, Indiana 5