The Bruins, who are the only team to beat the Cardinal this season, slipped to 21-3 overall, 3-1 in MPSF play. Stanford improved to 18-1, 4-0.
The Bruins started quickly in a close game that saw three ties and five lead changes. Sophomore Rachel Fattal started the scoring with a goal 29 seconds into the game. Stanford’s Ashley Grossman quickly tied it at 1-1 with a 2-meter goal (5:55) before the Bruins went ahead 27 second later on Kodi Hill’s shot from the front court. In the final 30 seconds, UCLA’s Emily Donohoe was excluded (0:24), and the Cardinal’s Kelsey Suggs scored on a long skip shot from the left side.
The Cardinal took command in the second period, taking the lead on goals by Maggie Steffens (5:37), Annika Dries (4:49), Anna Yelizarova (3:44) and Kiley Neushul (036). The Bruins pulled to within one goal twice when Kelly Ronimus (3:56) scored from the front court to make it 4-3, and again when India Forster (3:12) scored from 2-meters. Neushul’s goal gave the Cardinal a 6-4 halftime lead.
Stanford missed a golden opportunity to put the game away when it missed a penalty at 6:07 of the third period. The Bruins responded by scoring on Alys Williams’ skip shot at 4:58 to cut the deficit to 6-5. Alexa Tielmann, who has scored three times in her last two games, pushed one in from the hole at 2:41 to tie the game at 6-6. Freshman Mackenzie Barr scored on a counterattack from 1-meter to give the Bruins a 7-6 lead. Twenty-three seconds later, the Cardinal responded with a counterattack goal from Grossman to equalize. With 37 second remaining, UCLA goalkeeper Sami Hill stopped a back-handed shot from Grossman to send the 7-7 score into the final quarter.
A minute into the fourth, Stanford’s Kaley Dodson scored on a counterattack to give the Cardinal a one-goal advantage. Prior to that moment, the Bruins had failed to score on a power play. At 4:24, Neushul was excluded, but the Bruins couldn’t score on the power play following a timeout. At 2:52, the Cardinal was whistled for a penalty, but Donohoe couldn’t convert. Forty-four seconds later, Neushul gave the visitors a two-goal lead. Donohoe scored the game’s final goal with four seconds remaining and Stanford then ran out the clock.
On Saturday, UCLA will host San Jose State in its final home game of 2014 season. Game time has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. at the Spieker Aquatics Center and admission is free. UCLA will honor its three seniors, Becca Dorst, Victoria Kent and Kelly Ronimus in pregame ceremonies.Friday’s Boxscore
Stanford 9, UCLA 8
Stanford (2, 4, 1, 2—9)
UCLA (2, 2, 3, 1—8)
Goals: UCLA (Fattal, K. Hill, Ronimus, Forster, Williams, Tielmann, Barr, Donohoe). Stanford (Grossman, Steffens-2, Suggs, Dries, Yelizarova, Dodson)
Saves UCLA (Sami Hill-11); Stanford (Gabby Stone-7)