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No. 3 UCLA Beats No. 9 UC San Diego, 11-6

Jan 23, 2022
Freshman utility Nicole Struss scored the first hat trick of her collegiate career to pace the Bruins' offense.

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- No. 3 UCLA (4-0, 0-0 MPSF) remained undefeated on the opening weekend with an 11-6 win over No. 9 UC San Diego (2-2, 0-0 Big West) on Sunday afternoon at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invite at UCSB's Campus Pool. UCLA improved to 32-3 in the series history.

Freshman utility Nicole Struss paced the Bruins' offense with the first hat trick of her collegiate career as she tied for game-high scoring honors. Redshirt senior attacker Maddie Musselman was the only other Bruin to score multiple goals, finishing with two against the Tritons.

Redshirt junior Georgia Phillips got the start in the cage and went the distance, registering 12 saves and a steal while giving up six goals.

Ciara Franke also scored a hat trick for UCSD.

PERIOD ONE
> UCLA outscored UCSD 4-2 in the opening period.
> Senior center Ava Johnson put the Bruins on the board first with a goal from two meters (7:13).
> Senior defender Bella Wentzel made it 2-0 with a power play goal (6:27).
> After Franke tied the game with back-to-back power play goals (6:04 and 5:23) senior attacker Val Ayala put the Bruins back in front (4:49).
> Freshman attacker Grace Myers gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead with a power play goal (2:55) to end the scoring in the first.
 
PERIOD TWO
> The Bruins and the Tritons competed to a 2-2 draw in the second period.
> After UCSD tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of answered goals, the Bruins scored six straight to put the game away.
> Junior attacker Fiona Kuesis ignited the scoring run with a goal from the front court (3:04).
> Senior defender Skylar Savar scored a power play goal (2:15) to end the scoring in the period.
> UCLA led 6-4 at the break.
 
PERIOD THREE
> The Bruins pitched a shutout in the third frame while scoring three goals to take command of the game.
> Struss would score the first of her three goals (6:58) to open the scoring in the third quarter.
> Musselman scored her first of the game (2:38) to put UCLA up 8-4.
> Struss scored from set (0:55) as UCLA would take a 9-4 lead into the fourth quarter.

PERIOD FOUR
> The two teams again battled to a 2-2 draw in the fourth period to provide the 11-6 final score.
> Musselman opened the scoring in the fourth (6:49) to extend the lead to 10-4.
> After a goal by the Tritons, Struss completed her hat trick (5:27) to make it 11-5.
> Holly Maine scored the final goal of the game for UCSD (0:58).

UP NEXT
The Bruins will complete the weekend when they take on the hosts, No. 18 UC Santa Barbara at 5:45 p.m. PT tonight.

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 9 UC San Diego (UCSB Winter Invite)

SCOREBOARD 1 2 3 4 FINAL
No. 9 UCSD 2 2 0 2 6
No. 3 UCLA 4 2 3 2 11

6x5 - UCLA - 3/6 - UCSD - 3/8
Penalties - UCLA - 0/1 - UCSD - 0/1

UCSD Goals: Ciara Franke 3, Holly Maine 1, Taylor Onstott 1, Lucia Doak 1
UCSD Saves: n/a

UCLA Goals: Nicole Struss 3, Maddie Musselman 2, Fiona Kuesis 1, Bella Wentzel 1, Ava Johnson 1, Val Ayala 1, Grace Myers 1, Skylar Savar 1
UCLA Saves: Georgia Phillips 12