STANFORD, Calif. – Second-ranked UCLA advanced to the finals of the NorCal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday with an 11-10 overtime victory against No. 3 California. UCLA improved to 11-0 with the win while the Golden Bears fell to 7-1 on the season.
Senior Josh Samuels led UCLA with four goals and sophomore Chris Fahlsing added three for the Bruins. UCLA also got two goals from sophomore Daniel Lenhart. Senior Bret Lathrope and junior Aimone Barabino each scored once against the Golden Bears.
Sophomore Aleksa Saponjic led California with three goals.
The Bruins jumped out to a 4-3 lead at the end of the first period, but California responded in the second period to take a 6-5 lead at halftime.
The third period was a low-scoring affair with the Golden Bears picking up one goal while pitching a shutout on the Bruins to take a 7-5 lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, UCLA’s offense erupted for five goals as California scored three in the final period to make it 10-10 at the end of regulation.
The Bruins’ defense shutout the Golden Bears in the two overtime periods and Fahlsing scored the only goal after regulation at 1:34 of the first extra period to get the Bruins off to their best start in 16 years. In 1996, UCLA opened the season 13-0.