No. 2 Cal MWP Falls to No. 3 UCLA, 6-5, in NorCal Semis
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/18/2011

Sept. 18, 2011

STOCKTON, CALIF. - Despite senior Luka Saponjic's two fourth quarter goals, UCLA's Paul Reynolds broke a 5-5 tie with a goal with 50 seconds left in the match as the No. 3-ranked Bruins defeated No. 2-ranked Cal, 6-5, in the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament Sunday (Sept. 18) at Chris Kjeldsen Pool on the University of the Pacific campus. The Golden Bears, who dropped to 4-1 on the season, will now face Stanford, a 12-5 loser to USC in the other semifinal, at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Cal's Saponjic had tied the UCLA contest with a goal with 1:52 remaining in the fourth period. The Bears had to battle back from a 3-1 deficit at halftime, and outscored the Bruins, 2-0, in the third period behind senior Ivan Rackov's two third period goals.

With score tied, 3-3, after three periods, the fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair. Saponjic gave Cal's its first lead of the contest, 4-3, with a goal at 6:43 in the fourth. UCLA scored the next two goals on shots by Samuel at 2:28 and Wherry at 2:18 left in the match. Down 5-4, Saponjic was able to even the match with his score with a little less than two minutes remaining, but the Bruins' Reynolds was able to secure the game-winner a minute later.

The Bears had advance to the NorCal Tournament semifinals by defeating Vanguard, 27-3, and No. 6 Pepperdine, 8-7, on Saturday.

UCLA 1 2 0 3 - 6

CAL 1 0 2 2 - 5

Goals CAL: Luka Saponjic 2, Ivan Rackov 2, Blake Kelly

UCLA: Reynolds 2, Hennessy, Hays, Samuels, Wherry

Goalkeeper Saves CAL: Justin Parsons 9

UCLA: Rapacz 7