Junior Emily Donohoe scored the game-winning goal with 0:17 remaining in overtime to lift No. 3 UCLA to a 10-9 victory Saturday over No. 4 California in women's water polo competition at the Stanford Invitational.
UCLA also defeated Michigan 12-3 in a morning match and will play San Jose State at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday. Should the Bruins beat the Spartans, they would advance to the championship match later in the day.
UCLA held off Cal for the entire game. The Bruins held leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 5-2, but the Bears fought back each time. Entering the fourth period, the teams were deadlocked, 5-5.
In the fourth period, goals by UCLA’s Rachel Fattal and Becca Dorst gave the Bruins another two-point lead at 7-5. Cal drew within one after a goal by Cal’s Roser Tarrago, but Dorst added her fourth goal of the game to give the Bruins an 8-6 lead with 1:19 left.
The Bears roared back again, scoring 19 seconds later on a goal by Hungarian freshman Anna Illes. Cal called its final timeout at 0:14 before freshman Dora Antal, also from Hungary, netted the tying goal with six seconds left to send the game into overtime.
In the first overtime, UCLA’s Alys Williams scored on a counterattack at 0:15 to give the Bruins a 9-8 advantage.
Cal tied the score for the third time on Ashley Young’s 6-on-5 goal, following Fattal’s exclusion. As the clocked ticked in the second overtime, Dorst earned an exclusion from Illes at 0:26, and then Donohoe scored the winner nine seconds later.
The victory raised UCLA’s record to 10-0 entering Sunday’s competition.
Against Michigan in their early morning game, the Bruins broke out with five goals in the first quarter and shut down the Wolverines’ attack in the first eight minutes. UCLA led 6-2 at halftime, and increased that margin to 10-2 at the end of the third quarter before switching goalkeepers. Starter Sami Hill recorded nine saves, including six from Michigan’s front court offense. Backup Alex Musselman added three saves in the final period.
UCLA players with multiple goals were Becca Dorst with four and Rachel Fattal with two. Two of Dorst’s goals came on power plays, and both of Fattal’s goals came as a result of counterattacks. The Bruins also scored three goals from 2-meter range.
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UCLA 12, Michigan 3
UCLA (5, 1, 5, 1—12)
Michigan (1, 1, 0, 1—3)
Goals: UCLA Becca Dorst-4; Rachel Fattal-2; Victoria Kent, India Forster, Mackenzie Barr, Charlotte Pratt, Alexa Tielmann, Emily Donohoe-1)
Michigan (Nolan-2, Pratt-1)
Saves UCLA (S. Hill-9, Musselman-3); Michigan (Browning-3)
UCLA 10, California 9 (OT)
UCLA(1, 2, 2, 3, 1, 1—10)
California (0, 2, 3, 3, 1, 0—9)
Goals: UCLA (Donohoe-4; Dorst-3; Williams, Fattal, Ronimus-1)
Cal (Antal, Illes, Tarrago-2, McKee, Schroeder, Young-1)
Saves: UCLA (S. Hill-11); Cal (Madeline Trabucco-10)