No. 6 UCLA Rallies Past No. 15 Griffins

SALT LAKE CITY No. 15 Westminster had its season-long three-game winning streak snapped with a 14-12 loss to No. 6 UCLA on Sunday afternoon at Dumke Field.

Westminster (6-4) took a 2-1 lead at the 24:50 mark of the first half on the second goal of the game from Kira Heiden. After UCLA (11-2) scored four-straight goals to build a 5-2 advantage, the Griffins responded with five-straight and seven of the game's next nine goals to lead 9-7 at halftime.

Maggie HerrNeckar and Kaely Kernan of Westminster scored the first two goals of the second half to push the Griffins lead to 11-7 with 25:11 remaining in the contest. UCLA would rally to take a 12-11 lead when Emma Dudley capped a five-goal run from the Bruins at the 13:19 mark of the second half.

Dana Barraco pulled the Griffins even with 10:55 on the clock on her second goal of the game. Kristin Alexander used an extra-woman goal to give UCLA the lead with 6:40 to play and then Dudley capped the scoring at the 5:31 mark.

Each team was credited with 29 shots in the game with each getting 23 on cage. Westminster had a 15-13 edge in draw controls while UCLA posted a 21-18 advantage in ground balls. The Griffins had 16 turnovers with UCLA committing 15 and the Griffins were 16 of 19 in clearing attempts.

Heiden finished the game with a team-high four points after scoring three goals and getting on assist. Maddie Haynes would also score three goals while Barraco and Kernan had two goals apiece. HerrNeckar added two assists with her one goal. Makenzie Hekking made nine saves in cage for the Griffins.

Dudley led all players with six goals for the Bruins. She also tallied an assists for a seven-point afternoon. Martine Ehrlich recorded 11 stops in goal for the win.

Westminster will return to action on Monday when they host Utah Valley at Dumke Field at 6:00 p.m. MDT. That game is a make-up of the previously scheduled game on March 15 at UVU.

2014-04-06



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