Second-ranked Stanford uses strong defensive effort to rout No. 4 UCLA
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 2 Stanford's defense, ranked first in the MPSF, routed No. 4 UCLA in Saturday's 8-1 win on Senior Day at Avery Aquatic Center.
Kate Baldoni made seven saves and the Cardinal defense held the Bruins scoreless for the game's opening 27:15 until Emily Donohoe scored with 4:45 remaining in the fourth period. The win improved the Cardinal to 23-1 overall and 4-0 in MPSF play, clinching a top-two seed at the MPSF Championship.
Stanford will have its chance to bag the conference's top seed next Saturday, as the Cardinal travels to USC to take on the top-ranked Trojans.
On the offensive end of the pool, seniors Alexis Lee and Melissa Seidemann accounted for a pair of goals apiece while Kaley Dodson also scored twice. Ashley Grossman and Kelsey Suggs each scored a goal.
The Cardinal dominated the two-meter area, forcing UCLA to fire from the perimeter against Baldoni for most of the game. Seidemann, Grossman, Suggs and Annika Dries played big roles in smothering the UCLA hole players, while out on the perimeter the rest of the Stanford defense played an aggressive face-up style.
Seidemann put the Cardinal on the board 1:52 into the contest, drawing a penalty shot which she converted. UCLA goalie Sami Hill saved a second Stanford penalty shot, guessing correctly against Maggie Steffens with 4:25 left in the period. Both defenses put out a strong opening period, neither allowing a goal in the run of play.
The Cardinal found a crack in the Bruin defense early in the second period, however. Kiley Neushul found Lee at the near post 57 seconds into the frame with Lee finishing the sequence to double the Stanford lead. The stalemate set in once again until there were six seconds remaining, when Stanford, on a 6-on-5, made it 3-0 as Dodson side-armed a skip shot inside the post.
Seidemann netted her second goal of the game with 55 seconds left in the third period, while the Cardinal defense continued putting the clamps to the Bruins. Dodson scored her second 22 seconds into the fourth period to make it 5-0 before Donohoe finally broke UCLA out of its scoreless struggle with 4:45 to go. The Cardinal did not relent, pressing forward with goals from Lee, Grossman and Suggs during the final 3:16 to ice the win.