For the second weekend in a row, UCLA went 1-1 in nonconference games. The results from this weekend, though, should have the Bruins feeling pretty good.
At the Pac-12 Shootout a week ago, UCLA lost to Arizona 16-7 after a second-half collapse, then shut out an undermanned Washington State team, 12-0. On the road this last weekend, the Bruins battled No. 4 Stanford throughout before losing 11-8, then jumped on D-II UC Santa Cruz early and breezed to a 16-7 win, improving to 3-2 on the season.
Against Stanford, UCLA fell behind 4-0 early but battled back to within 5-3 in the third quarter before Stanford went on a four-goal run to make it 9-3. The Bruins scored four in a row of their own to make it 9-7 with about five minutes left before the Cardinal ran off three minutes of game clock before tucking in an insurance goal. The teams traded goals in the final minutes for the 11-8 final.
More important for the Bruins than the outcome might be the defensive job they did on Stanford’s two leading scorers, senior attack Jack Farr and freshman middie Peter Doyle. The duo combined for only one goal and three assists against UCLA after averaging a combined 8.75 points per game in the Cardinal’s previous four contests.
The Bruins also got some surprise offense from attack Anthony Noren, a junior transfer out of San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo HS. Noren had four goals and assist against Stanford after having scored only one goal in UCLA’s first three games.
The Bruins face another big test next weekend at home against San Diego State (Sunday, 3 p.m.) before opening SLC play the following week at Santa Barbara.