No. 3-Seed UCLA Women's Water Polo Edged by No. 2-Seed Stanford, 11-10

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.

Senior Tanya Gandy led the Bruins with four goals, as seniors Anne Belden and Katie Rulon each added two goals. Stanford's Lauren Silver led the Cardinal (24-2) with three goals.

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)

1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2 F
UCLA 3 2 3 2 0 0 10
Stanford 2 2 3 3 0 1 11

UCLA Goals: Tanya Gandy 4, Anne Belden 2, Katie Rulon 2, Megan Burmeister, KK Clark
UCLA Saves: Brittany Fullen 11

Stanford Goals: Lauren Silver 3, Alex Koran 2, Melissa Seidemann 2, Koree Blyleven, Kira Hillman, Kelsey Holshouser, Heather West
Stanford Saves: Amber Oland 14

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