No. 1 California Polytechnic State University Escapes No. 4 UCLA 7-6 OT to Advance to National Collegiate Club Semifinals

Sarah Ur
Sarah Ur

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Sarah Ur (Sr., Lompoc, Calif.) scored twice, including the game-winner on a man-up chance with 1:13 left in the first overtime period, to earn Player of the Game honors and lead No. 1-ranked California Polytechnic State University to a 7-6 OT win against No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles in the quarterfinals of the 2011 National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.

The victory returns the Mustangs to familiar territory, the semifinals of the National Collegiate Club Championship, as Cal Poly will face the victor of another quarterfinal between No. 6 University of Notre Dame and No. 5 University of Oregon at 6:20 p.m. this evening to determine which program appears in the 2011 title game.

Cal Poly, which has appeared in eight of the past nine National Collegiate Club Championship title games after defeating Michigan State University (2003), Dartmouth College (2004, 2005), Oregon (2008), Notre Dame (2009) and Michigan (2010) for titles, is seeking to become the first program to capture four consecutive National Championships after claiming the 2008, 2009 and 2010 crowns.

Familiarity may breed contempt, but it bred a one-for-15 performance by the two teams on advantage chances as UCLA went 0-for-5.  The Mustangs cashed in on only one-of-10, although Ur made the solo score count the most.

Leading 6-4 at halftime, Cal Poly saw its lead evaporate in the third period as Erika Jenkins (Gr., Burbank, Calif.) whistled a shot past Mustangs' netminder Noelle Wondergem (Sr., Arroyo Grande, Calif.) with 4:58 left in the frame to move the Bruins to within a score.  Desiree Wilson (Sr., La Verne, Calif.) deposited the equalizer 2:40 later by beating Wondergem with 2:18 on the clock to knot the score at 6-to-6.

Needing a score to put the Bruins down in regulation, Cal Poly turned to Sophie Calhoun (So., Santa Cruz, Calif.) who accepted a crossing pass from Wendy Dorr (Fr., San Diego, Calif.), turned and fired a spinning shot past the outstretched right arm of UCLA goalie Rachel Bone (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.) into the left side of the cage to give the Mustangs a 7-6 lead with 6:18 remaining on the clock.

Following a yellow card to UCLA head coach Adam Vick, the Bruins responded to knot the game at 7-to-7 as Wilson whipped a shot over the left arm of Wondergem with 52 seconds left in regualation to bring on overtime and Ur's heorics.

The game was back-and-forth from the opening sprint as Helen Compton (So., Martinez, Calif.) opened the scoring with 6:26 left in the first period before Jenkins evened the damage at one-all with 4:46 left on the clock.

Cal Poly built a 3-1 lead prior to the end of the period as Kelley Gause (Sr., San Jose, Calif.) and Dorr dumped in shots at 4:19 and 2:02, respectively, but the Bruins slashed back with a marker by Bre Sheldon (Jr., Laguna Nigel, Calif.) at the 1:43 mark to set the scoreboard at 3-2 in favor of the Mustangs.

UCLA tied the game 41 seconds into the second period on a blast by Sheldon, but Cal Poly reeled off scores by Casey Clark (So., Agoura Hills, Calif.), Ur and Kristy Avis (So., San Diego, Calif.) at 6:02, 5:15 and 3:58, respectively, to put the Mustangs comfortably in front at 6-3.

However, the Bruins would not go down without a fight as Danielle Brummett (Fr., Arroyo Grande, Calif.) buried a pass with 3:45 left in the second period to lock the score at 6-4 and set-up the dramatic second half and overtime.

In cage, Wondergem made only one save for the Mustangs in picking up the victory.  Bone blocked down nine shots for UCLA in taking the loss.

Cal Poly improved to 3-0 against UCLA this year as the Mustangs previously defeated Bruins 6-5 during the regular season and 8-2 in the Pacific Coast Division title tilt.

UCLA will continue the tournament at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon versus the loser of the Notre Dame-Oregon quarterfinal.  If the Bruins pick up a win, UCLA will wrap-up the tournament at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 8 in the fifth place game, while a loss will drop the squad into the 9:00 a.m. seventh place contest.

1 2 3 4 OT OT -- Final
No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles
2 2 2 1 0 0 -- 7
No. 1 California Polytechnic State University
3 3 0 1 1 0 -- 8

Cal Poly Goals: Sarah Ur (2); Kelley Gause; Sophie Calhoun; Casey Clark; Kristy Avis; Helen Compton; Wendy Dorr

UCLA Goals: Erika Jenkins (2); Bre Sheldon (2); Desiree Wilson (2); Danielle Brummett

Saves: Cal Poly - Noelle Wondergem (1) ; UCLA - Rachel Bone (9)

Exclusions: Cal Poly - 5 ; UCLA - 10

Advantage Opportunities:  Cal Poly - 1-for-10 ; UCLA - 0-for-5

Sprints: Cal Poly - 3-for-6 ; UCLA - 3-for-6

Cards: YC - Adam Vick (UCLA head coach)

Officials: Kristin Stanford, Don Lewis


UCLA's Erika Jenkins shoots on Cal Poly's Noelle Wondergem

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