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No. 2 UCLA Falls at No. 3 Stanford, 8-7

Sep 25, 2022
Bernardo Maurizi and the UCLA Bruins saw their 13-game winning streak snapped at Stanford.

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STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 2 UCLA (13-1) suffered its first defeat of the year at No. 3 Stanford (13-0), 8-7, on Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the 2022 MPSF Invitational at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Neither team led by more than one goal in the entire contest. UCLA fell to 79-90 in the series history against the Cardinal.

The Bruins had seven players score in the game, all with one goal apiece. The UCLA goal scorers included super seniors Evan Rosenfeld and Jake Cavano, seniors Andy Rodgers and Tommy Gruwell, redshirt junior Jack Larsen, and redshirt sophomores Gianpiero Di Martire and Maximo Rossi.

Senior Bernardo Maurizi got the start in the cage and went the distance, registering eight saves and one steal while allowing eight goals.

Soren Jensen led Stanford with a hat trick while Nolan Krutonog had 13 saves while surrendering seven goals to UCLA.

PERIOD ONE
> UCLA outscored Stanford 2-1 in the first period.
> After Maurizi kept it a scoreless first period with a stop of a Cardinal penalty shot (6:28), Di Martire opened the scoring for UCLA (6:03) with a nearside skipper from the front court.
> Stanford tied it at 1-1 (3:02), but Rossi put the Bruins back in front with a powerful goal at two meters (0:54) off a feed from Di Martire to end the scoring in the first period.

PERIOD TWO
> Both teams battled to a 2-2 draw in the second period as UCLA led 4-3 at the break.
> Stanford tied it at 2-2 (6:21) to open the scoring in the second period, but Rosenfeld scored from the front court (1:35) to put the Bruins back on top.
> After another goal by the Cardinal (1:11), freshman Noah Rowe made a perfect feed to Gruwell at set (0:06) who beat the Stanford goalie that came out of his cage to end the scoring in the second period.
 
PERIOD THREE
> Stanford outscored UCLA in the third period, 4-3, to tie things up at 7-7 heading into the fourth.
> Stanford opened the scoring in the third (7:32) and then reclaimed the lead with another goal (6:14) to make it 5-4.
> Cavano then tied it up with a power play goal (5:47) on a nearside skip shot.
> The Cardinal went up by one (5:14) with a power play goal, but Rodgers scored on a counter (2:03) to tie it up at 6-6.
> After Stanford retook the lead (1:40), Larsen took a feed from Gruwell (1:15) to tie it up at 7-7 to end the scoring in the third.

PERIOD FOUR
> Stanford scored the only goal of the fourth quarter to provide the 8-7 final.
> Soren Jensen scored the game-winning goal at the 5:05 mark of the final stanza.

UP NEXT
The Bruins return to action at home for just the second time this season when they host No. 4 Pacific on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center.

No. 2 UCLA at No. 3 Stanford (MPSF Invitational - Championship)

SCOREBOARD 1 2 3 4 FINAL
No. 2 UCLA 2 2 3 0 7
No. 3 Stanford 1 2 4 1 8

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

UCLA Goals: Evan Rosenfeld 1, Jake Cavano 1, Gianpiero Di Martire 1, Andy Rodgers 1, Jack Larsen 1, Maximo Rossi 1, Tommy Gruwell 1
UCLA Saves: Bernardo Maurizi 8

STAN Goals: Soren Jensen 3, Jackson Painter 2, Ethan Parrish 1, Riley Pittman 1, Andrew Churukian 1
STAN Saves: Nolan Krutonog 13