April 26, 2009
HONOLULU - The No. 3-seed UCLA women's water polo team dropped an 11-10 decision to No. 2-seed Stanford in overtime in an MPSF Tournament semifinal contest on Saturday evening at Hawai'i's Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex.
UCLA (21-6) will face No. 4-seed California (31-7) in the tournament's third-place match Sunday. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. (PT).
In a back-and-forth contest, the score was deadlock at 10-10 through regulation. Neither team scored in the first of two three-minute overtime sessions. Stanford's Alex Koran registered the game-winning goal with 2:05 to play in the final overtime period.
UCLA led, 3-2, after the first quarter. The Bruins received goals from Gandy, Belden and sophomore Megan Burmeister in the opening frame. Stanford tied the contest, 3-3, with 4:05 to play in the first half on a goal by Melissa Seidemann, who finished the nightcap with two goals. UCLA and Stanford continued trading goals, and the Bruins led by a 5-4 margin at halftime.
In the third quarter, UCLA twice secured a two-goal cushion. Rulon's goal with 6:32 left in the third quarter handed the Bruins a 6-4 lead, and freshman KK Clark's goal with 4:35 to go in the period pushed UCLA's margin to 7-5.
Stanford answered with back-to-back goals from Silver in the final minutes of the third quarter to tie the contest, 7-7. UCLA entered the fourth quarter with an 8-7 lead after Gandy scored her second goal of the game.
In the final period, Gandy netted a goal with 6:59 to play, giving UCLA a 9-7 advantage. Ensuing Stanford goals by Kira Hillman and Silver tied the contest, 9-9.
Gandy scored with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter to hand the Bruins a 10-9 cushion. Stanford tied the game with a goal from Koran with 2:27 left in the final frame.
Bruins' senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen finished the semifinal match with 11 saves. Stanford's Amber Oland registered 14 saves in the cage.
No. 3-seed UCLA vs. No. 2-seed Stanford (MPSF Tournament Semifinal)
Stanford Goals: Lauren Silver 3, Alex Koran 2, Melissa Seidemann 2, Koree Blyleven, Kira Hillman, Kelsey Holshouser, Heather West
Stanford Saves: Amber Oland 14