Dec. 5, 1999
LA JOLLA, Calif. - UCLA's Sean Kern scored four goals, including three in the second half, to lead the top-ranked Bruins to a 6-5 victory over second-ranked Stanford in the championship game of the NCAA Final Four on Sunday at UC San Diego's Canyonview Pool.
Kern, who had scored nine goals in four previous games against Stanford this year, proved to be too much for the Cardinal again on Sunday. With Stanford ahead 4-2 at halftime, thanks to a 2-point goal by Peter Hudnut, and one-point goals from Andy Walburger and Mark Amott, Kern scored twice in a span of 2 minutes, 6 seconds in the third period, to tie the game at 4-4. Then with 1.5 seconds in the third period, Mark Armato put the Bruins in front for the first time at 5-4.
Kern then scored his fourth goal of the game to give UCLA a 6-4 lead with 4:32 left in the game.
"We lost some of our intensity in the second half," said Dante Dettamanti, Stanford's head coach. "We had some shots, but we couldn't score when he needed a goal in the second half."
Pasi Dutton's goal put Stanford within one point, 6-5, with 3:15 to play in the game. The Cardinal had three shots in the final minute, but couldn't cash in to tie the game.
"I'm proud of the team," said Stanford senior Brian Heifferon. "We fought hard the entire game."
"We missed several scoring opportunities, and UCLA took advantage of our mistakes," said Joy.
Kern was named the tournament MVP. "Sean is the best 2-meter player in the country," said Dettamanti. "He has good leg strength, stays high in the water, and gets good position."
Stanford ended the year 22-6, while UCLA finished its season at 22-3.
Stanford (22-6) 3 1 0 1 = 5 UCLA (22-3) 1 1 1 3 = 6Stanford scorers: Hudnut 2 (1, 2-point goal), Amott 1, Dutton 1, Walburger 1
UCLA scorers: Kern 4, Wright 1, Armato 1
Goalie saves: Ellis (S) 2, Brooks (UCLA) 4