April 7, 2012
BERKELEY - The No. 5 California women's water polo team upended No. 1 UCLA, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatic Complex. With the key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory over the Bruins (16-2, 5-1), the Golden Bears improve to 17-6 overall, 4-2 in conference play and finish their home schedule undefeated at 8-0. The loss ended a 10-game UCLA winning streak and handed the Bruins their first loss in conference play this season.
"I'm really happy with the way we played," Cal head coach Richard Corso said. "It was a real team effort and we played good defense. I thought that was the most important thing."
Junior Breda Vosters, the Bears' leading scorer this season, led the way for Cal with four goals - marking the fourth time in the past five games that she has notched at least three goals.
Prior to the match, Cal celebrated senior day for seniors Lindsay Dorst, Jessica Robinson, and Elizabeth McLaren. Lindsay Dorst recorded eight saves in the game while McLaren was a big part of the Bears' offense with three goals.
"I thought all three of them played great," Corso said. "Lindsay had a great game in the cage. Elizabeth played really well and Jessica was out there playing good defense."
First Quarter - Cal 2, UCLA 1:
UCLA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 1:14 into the game on a goal by sophomore Becca Dorst, but the Bears answered back with five unanswered goals. In a remarkable show of defense, the Bears held the Bruins scoreless for over 11 minutes. Vosters evened things up with a lob shot goal to the upper right corner before assisting on McLaren's power-play goal that had Cal leading, 2-1, after the first quarter.
Second Quarter - Cal 5, UCLA 2:
The two Bears continued to team up in the second quarter with McLaren assisting on Vosters goal to the upper left. A minute later, Vosters returned the favor with an assist on McLaren's goal with 6:00 left in the half. UCLA tried to answer back with a fast-break attempt by leading scorer KK Clark, but Lindsay Dorst turned the shot away with a big save. Vosters recorded her third first-half goal on a skip shot that extended Cal's lead to 5-1 with 4:39 remaining in the half. The Bruins finally broke their scoreless streak with a penalty-shot goal by Brooke Martin to draw within three at the half, 5-2.
Third Quarter - Cal 7, UCLA 4:
UCLA opened the scoring in the third quarter with a close-range goal by Becca Dorst that came just after a Bruin power play expired. The Bears answered back by going to their senior leader as McLaren tallied her third goal of the game. A scramble in front of the Cal net ended with a backhand goal by Becca Dorst to once again draw the Bruins within two, 6-4. Junior Taylor Dodson scored on a lob shot to the upper right with 2:18 left in the third quarter and the Bears' defense clamped down for three straight stops to end the quarter.
Fourth Quarter - Cal 8, UCLA 6:
Vosters opened the fourth quarter with a penalty shot to the upper left for her fourth goal of the game. UCLA recorded two quick goals to pull back within two, 8-6, after KK Clark found the back of the net on a skip-shot goal and Sarah Orozco netted a cross-cage goal with 4:06 remaining. The Bears defense then tightened up and held the Bruins scoreless the rest of the way, including a save by Lindsay Dorst on a UCLA power play, to earn the victory by a final score of 8-6.
Next Time in the Pool:
The Bears conclude their regular season schedule next weekend when they visit Stanford for the Big Splash on Saturday, April 14.
No. 5 California 8, No. 1 UCLA 6
UCLA Saves: Caitlin Dement 9