No. 3 UCLA Falls at No. 1 California, 16-9
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- No. 3 UCLA (16-3, 1-2 MPSF) dropped its second straight game for the first time this season, falling to No. 1 California (20-2, 3-0 MPSF), 16-9, on Saturday morning at Spieker Aquatics Complex. UCLA fell to 90-73-1 in the series history.
A trio of Bruins, redshirt freshman Gianpiero Di Martire, freshman Chase Dodd, and junior Tommy Gruwell, paced the UCLA offense with two goals apiece.
Junior Bernardo Maurizi got the start in the cage and went the distance, registering six saves.
> California outscored the Bruins 4-2 in the opening period.
> After a goal by California, Di Martire tied things up at 1-1 (5:55) with a goal from the front court after an ordinary foul.
> California scored back-to-back goals, including one on a penalty shot, to take a 3-1 lead.
> Gruwell then scored a power play goal (0:07) that was assisted by senior Evan Rosenfeld to cut it to 3-2 Cal.
> California scored just before the buzzer on a long back-handed shot to extend its lead.
> The Golden Bears outscored UCLA 6-3 in the second period.
> Dodd scored a goal (7:34) and Gruwell netted his second (7:02) to tie the score at 4-4.
> After a goal by the Golden Bears, sophomore Makoto Kenney scored his first goal of the game (5:19) to knot it up at 5-5.
> But then California scored five unanswered goals to push the lead to 10-5 at the break.
> The Golden Bears used another late scoring run to outscore UCLA in the third period, 4-3.
> Redshirt senior Felix Brozyna-Vilim opened the scoring in the period with a lob over the keeper from two meters (7:30) to trim Cal's lead to 10-6.
> After a score from Cal, Dodd scored his second of the game (4:25) and then graduate Nicolas Saveljic added a score on a power play (2:50) to make it 11-8.
> But like they did in the second period, California went on another run at the end of the quarter, scoring three unanswered goals, to push the lead back to six at 14-8 heading into the fourth.
> The Golden Bears completed the sweep of winning every period, outscoring UCLA 2-1 in the fourth.
> After a goal by the Golden Bears, Di Martire converted a penalty shot (5:41) for his second score of the game to trim the lead to 15-9.
> Cal tacked on a power play goal (1:37) to end the scoring at 16-9.
The Bruins will head to Stanford, Calif., for the 2021 MPSF Championship on Nov. 19-21. UCLA is seeded third and will face the loser of Austin College/Penn State Behrend at 1:00 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 19.
No. 3 UCLA at No. 1 California (MPSF Game)
|No. 3 UCLA||2||3||3||1||9|
|No. 1 CAL||4||6||4||2||16|
6x5 - UCLA - 1/9 - CAL - 5/10
Penalties - UCLA - 1/2 - CAL - 2/2
UCLA Goals: Gianpiero Di Martire 2, Chase Dodd 2, Tommy Gruwell 2, Felix Brozyna-Vilim 1, Nicolas Saveljic 1, Makoto Kenney 1
UCLA Saves: Bernardo Maurizi 6
CAL Goals: Roberto Valera 4, Max Casabella 3, Nikolaos Papanikolaou 2, Wyatt Mundelius 2, Jack Deely 1, Nikos Delagrammatikas 1, Garrett Dunn 1, Miles O'Brien-Schridde 1, Warren Loth 1
CAL Saves: Adrian Weinberg 6, Frederick Houghton 1