No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles Falls to No. 7 University of Florida 7-5 in 2011 National Collegiate Club Fifth Place Game
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Mary Kathryn Atkinson (Sr., Oviedo, Fla.) registered seven saves and Player of the Game Sarah Wright (Jr., Oviedo, Fla.) contributed a hat-trick as No. 7 University of Florida upended No. 5 University of California-Los Angeles 7-5 in the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship fifth place game at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The fifth place finish continues a string of success for the Gators at the National Collegiate Club Championship as Florida has never finished outside the Top 10 placing second (2001, 2006), third (2002, 2004), fourth (2003), fifth (2000), seventh (2008) and ninth (2005, 2007) in nine previous trips to the championship tournament.
Following a goal by UCLA's Erika Jenkins (Gr., Burbank, Calif.) to open the scoring 19 seconds into the first period, the Gators chomped for markers at 1:11 and 22 seconds by Carly Arnold (Jr., Winter Park, Fla.) and Jenni Keeler (Jr., Winter Springs, Fla.), respectively, to take a 2-1 lead through seven minutes of play.
The margin expanded to 3-1 in the dawning moments of the second period as Wright whizzed a ball into the cage 5:13, but the Bruins countered with a marker from Jenkins at 5:02 to return the deficit to a single score at 3-2.
Florida began to pull away in the game as Wright and Arnold rattled the iron with rockets at 4:23 and 1:16 to take a 5-2 lead, but the Bruins refused to go silently into the slumber of the offseason as Bre Sheldon (Jr., Laguna Niguel, Calif.) found the back of the cage with a shot with one minute remaining in the period.
UCLA appeared to be poised to rally past the Gators when Adele Young (Sr., Long Beach, Calif.) slammed a shot into the side of the cage on a man-up chance to cut the lead down to 5-4. Wright responded for the Gators with another strike at 3:39, but Katrina Hill (Fr., Oceanside, Calif.) deked and dashed through the Florida defense to once again close the gap to one at 6-5 with 2:33 on the third period clock.
However, the Florida defense clamped down and went into a "death-roll" to keep UCLA at bay over the remaining 9:33 of competition.
For the Southeast Division champion Gators, Wright completed her work with another tally at the 4:33 mark to add some insurance and help Florida pick up its third victory of the year against a fellow Top 10 team (7-4 W vs. No. 6 University of Notre Dame, 9-2 W vs. No. 10 University of Utah).
Five different Bruins accounted for Pacific Coast Division runner-up UCLA's quintet of goals, while Rachel Bone (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.) notched four saves in her final collegiate game barring graduate work.
A key to the game was both team's inability to convert on man-advantages as Young's goal in the third period was the lone conversion on 14 combined advantage chances.
|No. 7 University of Florida||2||3||1||1||--||7|
|No. 4 University of California-Los Angeles
UCLA Goals: Erika
Jenkins; Bre Sheldon; Desiree Wilson; Adele Young; Katrina
Florida Goals: Sarah Wright (3); Carly Arnold (2); Anna Autrey; Jenni Keeler
Saves: UCLA - Rachel Bone (4) ; Florida - Mary Kathryn Atkinson (7)
Exclusions: UCLA - 6 ; Florida - 8
Advantage Opportunities: UCLA - 1-for-8 ; Florida - 0-for-6
Sprints: UCLA - 2-for-4 ; Florida - 2-for-4
Cards: YC - Adam
Vick (HC - UCLA)
Officials: JT Wall, Mike McMahan
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