No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles Stops No. 6 University of Notre Dame 8-5 to Reach National Collegiate Club Fifth Place Game

Erika Jenkins
Erika Jenkins

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Erika Jenkins (Gr., Burbank, Calif.) scored three times and Rachel Bone (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.) made five saves as No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) topped No. 6 University of Notre Dame 8-5 to reach the fifth place game of the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.

With the win, UCLA will face either No 11 Pennsylvania State University or No. 7 University of Florida in the fifth place game at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow morning.  Notre Dame will clash with the loser of a Florida-PSU game at 9:00 a.m. in the seventh place contest.

A key to the game was UCLA's ability to build an early lead and chew time off the clock to keep the Irish at bay down the stretch.

Adele Young (Sr., Long Beach, Calif.) started the scoring 54 seconds into the game by converting on a man-up opportunity to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead.  The margin grew to 2-0 two minutes later when Danielle Brummett (Fr., Arroyo Grande, Calif.) crashed the cage for a quick shot with 3:50 on the clock, but Notre Dame's Ali Durkin (Sr., Chicago, Ill.) responded with a marker at 2:32 to make it a one goal game.

UCLA regained a two-score margin prior to the conclusion of the opening quarter as Jenkins drilled a five-meter penalty shot into the twine at the 14 seconds mark to stake the Bruins to a 3-1 lead.

Notre Dame's deficit grew to 5-1 less than midway through the second period as Brummett netted a natural goal at 6:02 and Carolina Cooney (Sr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) lashed the Irish defense for a man-up score at 4:24.  Prior to the end of the period, Notre Dame attempted to start a comeback bid as Lizzie Gormley (Sr., Houston, Texas) lined a shot into the cage at 1:08 to make it a 5-2 game in favor the Bruins at halftime.

The margin shrank to two goals in the dawning moments of the third period as Durkin worked the ball around the perimeter and whipped a man-up strike home , but Jenkins responded for the Bruins with a score off an exclusion at 4:02 to rebuild the lead to three goals.

Notre Dame and UCLA continued to exchange blows for the remainder of the period as Maisie O'Malley (Jr., Chicago, Ill.) nailed a five-meter penalty shot at 1:40, Jenkins countered with a natural goal at 38 seconds and Durkin completed a hat-trick with 25 seconds left in the period to change the scoreboard to 7-5 in favor of the Bruins through 21 minutes of play.

Neither team could manage anything else offensively until Phoenix Chan (Jr., Macau, China) popped a shot into the netting with 25 seconds left in the fourth period for UCLA's eighth goal of the evening.

The story of the game was Notre Dame's struggles on man-up opportunities as the Irish converted on two-of-11 with a five-meter penalty shot and a six-on-five goal in the third period. 

For UCLA, the Bruins finished four-of-nine on advantage chances with two goals in both the first and second halves as the squad built and early lead and kept the Irish offense in check long enough for the clock to wind down on Notre Dame's dreams of another Top Five finish at the National Collegiate Club Championship.

Guarding the iron, Bone and Notre Dame's Eileen Flanagan (Sr., Fountain Valley, Calif.) both registered six saves.

UCLA's chance at fifth place in the tournament continues a pattern of Top 10 marks as the Bruins previously placed sixth (2008), ninth (2009) and fifth (2010) during the past three National Collegiate Club Championship tournaments.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles
3 2 2 1 -- 8
No. 6 University of Notre Dame 1 1 3 0 -- 5

Notre Dame Goals: Ali Durkin (3); Lizzie Gormley; Maisie O'Malley

UCLA Goals: Erika Jenkins (3); Danielle Brummett (2); Phoenix Chan; Carolina Cooney; Adele Young

Saves: Notre Dame - Eilleen Flanagan (6) ; UCLA - Rachel Bone (6)

Exclusions: Notre Dame - 9 ; UCLA - 11

Advantage Opportunities:  Notre Dame - 2-for-11 ; UCLA - 4-for-9

Sprints: Notre Dame - 4-for-4 ; UCLA - 0-for-4

Cards: None

Officials: Kristin Stanford, Perry Korbakis

University of Notre Dame's Eileen Flanagan makes a save against UCLA

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