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No. 2 UCLA Falls to No. 1 Stanford, 11-9

Mar 26, 2022
Freshman Molly Renner was one of three Bruins to score twice against top-ranked Stanford.

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LOS ANGELES -- No. 2 UCLA (21-2, 3-1 MPSF) dropped its first league game and its second of the year to No. 1 Stanford (14-1, 2-0 MPSF), 11-9, on Saturday afternoon at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center. Stanford improved to 55-37 all-time against the Bruins.

A total of six Bruins scored in the contest, led by the trio of freshman Molly Renner, senior Val Ayala, and junior Abbi Hill, that each scored twice against the Cardinal.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Georgia Phillips got the start in the cage and went the distance, recording seven saves while allowing 11 goals.

Ryann Neushul, Sophie Wallace, and Makenzie Fischer led Stanford, each registering a hat trick.

> Stanford outscored UCLA 3-2 in the opening period.
> Renner opened the scoring with a goal from the front court (6:10).
> After the Cardinal scored (4:01), Ayala gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with a power play goal (3:32).
> Stanford scored the final two goals of the period (0:49 and 0:02) to take a 3-2 lead into the second period.
> Stanford outscored UCLA 3-2 in the second period.
> Renner scored her second of the game to open the scoring in the second (6:17) on a power play to tie it at 3-3.
> After another score from Stanford (4:30), redshirt senior Maddie Musselman would tie it again at 4-4 with a power play goal (4:08).
> The Cardinal would again score the final two goals of the period (1:42 and 0:53).
> Stanford led 6-4 at the break.
> The two teams battled to a 2-2 draw in the third period.
> Senior Katrina Drake opened the scoring in the third (4:24) with a strike from the front court.
> Stanford enjoyed its largest lead of three goals at 8-5 after back-to-back goals (4:06 and 1:45).
> Hill scored her first of the game (1:22) to end the scoring in the third with the Cardinal leading 8-6.

> Both teams battled to a 3-3 draw in the fourth period to provide the 11-9 final score.
> UCLA opened the scoring in the fourth with back-to-back goals to tie the score at 8-8. Freshman Emma Lineback scored first (7:37) and Ayala added her second at the 6:32 mark.
> Stanford reeled off two straight goals (5:20 and 4:28) to build a 10-8 lead.
> Hill's second goal of the game (4:13) gave the Bruins some hope, but Fischer added an insurance run (2:30) to provide the 11-9 final.

The Bruins host No. 9 Arizona State on Saturday, Apr. 2 at 12:00 p.m. PT in a Pac-12 Network broadcast on "Senior Day."

No. 1 Stanford at No. 2 UCLA (MPSF Game)

No. 1 Stanford 3 3 2 3 11
No. 2 UCLA 2 2 2 3 9

6x5 - UCLA - 3/12 - STAN - 1/5
Penalties - UCLA - 0/1 - STAN - 2/2

STAN Goals: Jessica Lynch 3, Elena Flynn 2, Toni Shackelford 1, Piper Smith 1, Tara Prentice 1
STAN Saves: Maya Avital 7

UCLA Goals: Val Ayala 2, Molly Renner 2, Abbi Hill 2, Emma Lineback 1, Maddie Musselman 1, Katrina Drake 1
UCLA Saves: Georgia Phillips 7