The Stanford Cardinal will take on the UCLA Bruins for the fourth time this year with Stanford winning two of three. The last time these two teams played Stanford had no issues in an 8-1 route over UCLA. Before we get there, lets see how these two teams made it to the finals.
Stanford breezed by Cal 12-5 and was never really challenged as they scored three goals in every quarter and led 6-3 at the half. It was more of a methodical win than a blowout.
As for UCLA, they snuck past a 4-3 win over the USC Trojans in a heated defensive effort. UCLA won the game when Hannah Sebenaler scored her second goal of the game with three seconds left on a lob shot from seven meters out to secure the victory.
UCLA scored the final two goals in the game for the win. When trailing 3-2, UCLA's Sebenaler scored her first goal with 3:01 left in the third period to tie the game at three apiece. Then over the next 10-plus minutes both defenses clamped down until that lob shot fell in with three seconds left.
The win gave UCLA three wins over USC this year and now a chance to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The third place game is just as important between USC and Cal, because there are only two at-large bids for the NCAA tournament since the field is down to eight teams instead of nine with the addition of the Big West earning an auto bid as of last year. So, the winner of USC vs. Cal will likely earn the final at-large spot.
|11:00 a.m.||Game 9 (7th Place)||Hawai'i vs. San Jose State||Recap|
|12:30 a.m.||Game 10 (5th Place)||Arizona State vs. San Diego State||Recap|
|2:30 p.m.||Game 11 (3rd Place)||USC vs. California||Recap | Watch|
|4:00 p.m.||Game 12 (Championship)||Stanford vs. UCLA||Recap | Watch|