April 27, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team fell to No. 1 Stanford, 11-7, in a semifinal game of the 2013 MPSF Championship Tournament in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday afternoon at Cal's Spieker Aquatic Complex. Sophomore Danielle Ferraro led the Bruins with two goals.
UCLA, the defending MPSF Tournament champions, dropped to 25-6 overall, while Stanford improved to 27-1, advancing to tomorrow's final against No. 2 USC.
For the second straight game, the Bruins fell behind early, trailing the Cardinal 3-0. Annika Dries scored all three goals for Stanford (6:55, 6:13, 5:20). Freshman Alexa Tielmann scored first for the Bruins, cutting the lead to 3-1 at the 4:26 mark of the first period. Kiley Neushul answered for the Cardinal with 2:47 to go in the opening period to make it 4-1. Junior Becca Dorst returned from injury to end the first period scoring with a goal with 1:51 to go to make it 4-2.
Stanford dominated the second period, holding the Bruins scoreless while increasing its lead to 7-2. After Dries scored her fourth goal of the game (5:33), Melissa Seidemann scored back-to-back goals (4:38 and :40) to give the Cardinal a 7-2 lead at halftime.
Seidemann then completed a hat trick of her own to put the Cardinal up 8-2 with 7:36 to go in the third period. Maggie Steffens scored Stanford's fifth-straight goal to make it 9-2 (6:38). UCLA freshman Rachel Fattal then scored her first of the game (4:42) and Ferraro notched the first of her two scores (3:23) to end the third period with the Bruins trailing 9-4.
Both teams made goalie changes in the fourth period, the only period UCLA won on the scoreboard. Dries opened the scoring in the final stanza, tallying her fifth goal of the game (7:41). Senior Gisselle Naranjo then answered for the Bruins to make it 10-5 with 7:06 remaining. Seidemann then netted her fourth of the game (5:47) to push Stanford's lead to 11-5. But the Bruins scored the last two goals of the game to end the scoring at 11-7. Ferraro registered her second score of the contest (3:33) and then senior Lesslee Kaczmarek scored the game's final goal with 21 seconds left.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Musselman played the fourth period in the cage for UCLA, picking up one save. Kate Baldoni also played the first three quarters in goal for Stanford and was also credited with 10 saves. Gabby Stone came in relief in the fourth period for the Cardinal, making three saves.
The Bruins and No. 3 Arizona State will face each other in the third-place game on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. at California's Spieker Aquatic Complex. The contest is a rubber match with huge implications for Monday's NCAA Selection Show with both teams vying for the final at-large berth to the NCAA Championship.
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 1 Stanford
UCLA Goals: Alexa Tielmann
UCLA Saves: Alex Musselman 1
Stanford Goals: Annika Dries 5, Melissa Seidemann 4, Kiley Neushul, Maggie Steffens
Stanford Saves: Kate Baldoni 10, Gabby Stone 3