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Stanford Water Polo Falls To UCLA In MPSF Championship Game, 12-11
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/28/1999

Nov. 28, 1999

IRVINE, Calif. - UCLA's Blake Wellen connected from two-meters out with one second remaining in the second overtime period to give the second-ranked Bruins a 12-11 win over third-ranked Stanford in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament championship game on Sunday at the UCI Aquatics Center.

UCLA trailed 10-9 with under two minutes to play in regulation when Jeff Pflueger skipped a goal past Stanford goalkeeper Arik Goodman to knot the score at 10-10. The Bruin defense held the Cardinal for the duration of the period to force overtime.

Stanford drew first blood in the extra frames, when Peter Hudnut connected on a lob shot. Wellen, however, got the best of the Cardinal defense in the second overtime period, hitting twice, including the game winner with one tick on the clock.

After a timeout, Stanford's shot tipped off the top post, sealing the victory for the Bruins as time expired.

The UCLA victory earned the Bruins an automatic berth to the NCAA Final Four on Dec. 4-5 at UC San Diego. Stanford is hoping to earn an at-large berth, and will know its fate on Monday.

Brian Heifferon, Sean Joy and Nick Ellis were named to the MPSF all-tournament team.

Stanford24131-0=11
UCLA40420-2=12

Stanford scorers: Hudnut 2, Joy 2, Lipinski 2, Nesmith 2 (1, 2-point goal), Skaalen 1, Walburger 1, Heifferon 1
UCLA scorers:
Kern 3, Wellen 3, Wright 2, Bailey 2 (1, 2-point goal), Flesher 1, Pflueger 1
Goalie saves:
Goodman (S) 10, Ellis (S) 2, Brooks (UCLA) 11

MPSF Tournament - UC Irvine Aquatics Center
1st place
- UCLA 12, Stanford 11 (double ot)
3rd place
- California 7, Pacific 6
5th place
- USC 9, UC Santa Barbara 7
7th place
- Cal State Long Beach 17, Pepperdine 12


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