Bruins Bring WWLL Championship Back to Westwood - Apr 20, 2014
Ranked 5th in the nation, UCLA was the second seed behind Santa Clara (6th in the nation) for the WWLL Championship Tournament in Santa Barbara, CA. In the first round, the Bruins faced a rematch against UC Davis whom they beat in the season opener 8-7 in overtime. Despite a slow start putting the Bruins in a 3-0 deficit to open the game, UCLA responded to open up a 8-5 lead at the half. A balanced and patient Bruin attack kept the Aggies from ever mounting a comeback, prevailing with a 14-8 victory to move to the semifinal game.
Another rematch was set to take place in the semifinal game, as UCLA faced UCSB, who beat SDSU in their opening game 13-12. In the first ten minutes of the game, the Bruins dictated the pace and flow of the game, resulting in a 6-1 lead. After a Gaucho timeout, UCSB narrowed the gap to 9-5 at the half. In the second half, the Bruins continued to attack and exploit the Gaucho defense, but were unable to convert on numerous shots as the ball kept hitting the goal pipe. UCLA withstood any comeback attempt by the Gauchos by controlling the draw and making disciplined decisions to pull out a 14-11 win.
The Bruins met #1 seed Santa Clara in the WWLL Championship game for the first time this season. As expected, the contest was competitive as both teams fought back and forth to create any sort of narrow margin. Despite not scoring a goal for 15 minutes of the first half, the Bruins were able to close out the half tied 6-6 with the Broncos. After trading two goals a piece, UCLA snuck a shot past the Santa Clara goalie for a 9-8 lead with 12:39 remaining. Weathering several Bronco attemps to tie the score, the Bruins held on to top Santa Clara and win the WWLL Championship.
UCLA received an automatic bid to WCLA Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA May 6-10 for winning the WWLL Championship. The Bruins await seeding and the release of the entire tournament field tomorrow night.
The UCLA 'B' squad defeated UC Davis 'B' to take home 3rd place from Championship weekend, after a tough overtime loss to UCSB 'B' on Saturday.
Congratulations to all Bruins who were recognized at the league award ceremony on Saturday for their accomplishments throughout the year!
WWLL Division 1 All-League:
Martine Ehrlich - Goalie, First Team
Sam Fletcher - Midfield, First Team
Chloe Silance - Attack, First Team
Molly Tracy - Midfield, First Team
Kristin Alexander - Midfield, Second Team
Gretchen Kiep - Midfield, Second Team
WWLL Division 1 All Tournament Team:
Sam Fletcher - Midfield
Molly Tracy - Midfield
Gretchen Kiep - Midfield
WWLL Division 1 Coach of the Year - Paige Lin
WWLL B Division All-League:
Blake Egozi - Attack
LeeAnn Patrick - Midfield
Natalia Vargas - Goalie
WWLL B Division Player of the Year - Melanie Shiao
WWLL B Division Coach of the Year - Laurel Ormiston
UCLA Coasts Past Crosstown Rival USC on Senior Day - Apr 12, 2014
Ranked 6th nationally for the sixth consecutive week, UCLA entered the final game of the 2014 regular season against unranked USC.
The celebration started early for the Bruins as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead against the Trojans just ten minutes into the contest. At the half, UCLA held a commanding 14-3 lead. In the second half, the Bruins tried to slow the game down and work their possessions, taking only 5 shots and making 3, finishing the game with a 17-8 win.
The game was the final home game for the seniors - attacker Kate Armstrong, defenders Teryn Bence and Sharon Woo, and goalkeeper Martine Ehrlich. Armstrong scored for the first time this year, after being limited for most of the season due to injury. Bence was a force in defensive and transition play, aiding the Bruins clear throughout the game. Ehrlich picked up 4 saves on the day, but did not see much activity in the contest as the Bruins held the ball for the majority of play. Woo did not play because she is not registered in spring quarter classes. Congratulations to all the seniors on their fantastic lacrosse careers at UCLA!
Though last weekend was tough for the Bruins on the draw, UCLA was back to dominating the center circle, winning 82.6% of draws. Midfielder Sam Fletcher once again was a force at center, winning 15 of 18 draws taken (83.3%) and nabbing 5 draw controls. Midfielder Gretchen Kiep led all scorers with 7 points (6 G, 1 A), while attacker Chloe Silance tallied 5 assists. Midfielders Kristin Alexander (3 G, 3 DC) and Annie Zwaschka (2 G, 2 A, 2 DC) also made significant contributions.
The Bruins finish the regular season with a 12-2 record overall and 8-1 in the WWLL. UCLA awaits seeding for the WWLL Championship Tournament next weekend in Santa Barbara, where they are a likely top 2 or 3 seed. Although the 'B' team was off this weekend, they will also be traveling to Santa Barbara for the 'B' Division playoff. Though it must still be confirmed, UCLA 'B' should be the 2 seed in the tournament and will play Saturday and Sunday. Full seeding and game schedule will be released by Monday.
2014 Bruins Lacrosse Camp- July 28-30 - Apr 7, 2014
ALL PLAYERS AGES 12-18 ARE WELCOME!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Summer is almost here, and we are so excited to announce that the UCLA Women's Lacrosse Club will be hosting our second annual Girls' Lacrosse Summer Camp at UCLA from July 28th- 30th 2014! Our 3 day camp is designed to prepare players for the next stage of competitive play, whether it be at the middle school, high school, or collegiate level.
This is a wonderful opportunity for young players in Southern California to learn more about the college game. Campers will get to experience UCLA and interact with current and past players and coaches.
We strive to teach proper technique and skills, while also emphasizing the importance of strategy and decision making - all of which are crucial to success in the game of lacrosse. Through close, individual attention players will be able to learn high level skills that will further their game. Camp instructors include WCLA All-Americans, WCLA All-Tournament and WWLL All-League Players, and coaches with NCAA Division I experience. This is an excellent opportunity for interested student-athletes to come learn more about our competitive club program at UCLA!
Lunch is included and will provided in the dining halls.
Lodging is NOT provided for campers. We recommend the Bruin Guest House (http://guesthouse.hhsmarketing.org/) or Courtside Collection (http://uclameetings.com/Accommodations/Courtside-Collection-1.aspx) as a convenient on campus options.
To register, go to:
First, select "SU2014" from the drop down menu on the top left.
Then choose "Club Sports" on the left side bar.
Click to register for the "Girls Lacrosse Clinic".
Please also complete the registration form below and email to Brian Smith at email@example.com or fax to 310.206.8984.
For questions, please email Camp Director Paige Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruins Split Games in Utah - Apr 6, 2014
UCLA came off of its two week hiatus by traveling to Utah to face nationally ranked competition in back to back games. The Bruins faced #12 BYU on Saturday in Provo and #15 Westminster on Sunday in Salt Lake City.
The Bruins braved harsh windy conditions against BYU, which forced both teams to work hard for possessions and shots. Competition was fierce from the first whistle. The Cougars scored first, but the Bruins were able to mount a 5-2 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Back and forth play followed, with both teams scoring goals, and UCLA headed into halftime with a narrow 8-7 advantage. BYU dominated the draw in the first half, but the UCLA defense was able to hold thr Cougar attack to limited opportunities on those possessions. In the second half, BYU scored three quick goals to push ahead 10-8, but the Bruins knotted the score at 10 with 20 minutes remaining. Despite winning more draws in the second half, the Bruins were unable to convert on the cage, and the game ended in favor of BYU 13-10.
On Sunday, a similar story line began to unfold in the first half against Westminster. The Griffins won the majority of draws, leading to numerous opportunities on the offensive end. However, the UCLA defense again kept the Bruins in the game with Westminster holding a narrow 9-7 lead at the half. Although the Griffins were able to extend their lead to 11-7 to open the half, the rest of the game was dominated by UCLA. The Bruins began to win the draw, get great looks on attack, and finish shots on cage. Coupled with the defense's ability to clamp down and shut down the Griffin attack, UCLA began its comeback and eventually pulled away with a 14-12 win.
Junior Molly Tracy spearheaded the defensive effort on the weekend with a total of 8 caused turnovers, four of which were offensive charges by opposing attackers. Senior goalkeeper Martine Ehrlich helped to keep the Bruins in both games with 22 saves total, many of which came at crucial times to help shift momentum in UCLA's favor. On Sunday, Freshman Emma Dudley paced UCLA with 6 goals on seven shots and added one assist to lead all scorers with 7 points.
After going 1-1 on the weekend, UCLA brings its 2014 record to 11-2 overall. The Bruins wrap up their regular season next weekend with a home game against crosstown rival USC Saturday April 12th at 3pm. Graduating seniors Kate Armstrong, Teryn Bence, Martine Ehrlich, and Sharon Woo will be honored at the game.
Bruins Power Past SDSU, Hit Double Digit Wins - Mar 15, 2014
No. 6 UCLA hosted No. 15 San Diego State University on a sunny morning at the North Athletic Field. The Bruins were coming off a solid 16-12 win over UCSB the previous weekend, while the Aztecs beat the Gauchos on Friday afternoon 17-13. UCLA made a statement again this weekend, as they came away with a 20-11 win over SDSU. The win puts UCLA's season record at 10-1 with the current win streak at 9 games.
The Bruins led the game from the first whistle, never allowing SDSU to tie the score or gain a lead for the entire 60 minutes. Fifteen minutes into the game, the Bruins were ahead 6-3, as UCLA midfielders won 70% of the draws. At the half, the score was 9-6 in favor of the Bruins. UCLA continued to put on the pressure, eventually opening up a 18-10 lead with 10 minutes left in the game. After slowing down the pace of the game, the Bruins won with a final score of 20-11 against the Aztecs.
UCLA was led by the efforts of eight freshmen, who have made significant contributions all season. Rookies accounted for 18 of the 20 goals scored and handed out 7 assists on the day. Sophomore midfielder Sam Fletcher added two goals of her own, and junior attacker Ashley Payton notched one assist. On the defensive end, freshmen Jackie Adelsberg and Leigh Anne Fria helped to anchor a strong defensive effort that helped the Bruins transition the ball successfully to the attacking end. Senior goalkeeper Martine Ehrlich collected 12 saves and 2 ground balls to help hold the Aztec attack below their scoring average on the season.
UCLA continued its dominance on the draw, as midfielder Sam Fletcher won 63.6% of draws taken at center, and notched 11 draw controls in the game. Freshmen midfielders Kristin Alexander and Annie Zwaschka added 6 and 3 draw controls respectively to help the Bruins maintain possession. Alexander finished the game with 6 points off 5 goals and 1 assist. Fellow freshmen Chloe Silance (6 G, 2 A) and Emma Dudley (4 G, 1 A) also added hat tricks for UCLA.
UCLA 'B' defeated Concordia University in a scrimmage 16-13 in the second game of the day.
The Bruins are off for the next two weeks, as they head into final exams for winter quarter, followed by spring break. In the first week of April, UCLA 'A' will head to Utah to face national competition with games against BYU and Westminster. The Bruins will wrap up their season the following weekend by hosting USC for Senior Day.
UCLA Jumps Out to Early Lead, Down #7 UCSB - Mar 8, 2014
In the first game of the day, UCLA 'B' was unable to pull out the win against UCSB 'B', as they fell 13-9 in a hard fought contest.
#6 UCLA 'A' put the pressure on early and jumped out to a 4-0 lead against #7 UCSB 'A' less than 4 minutes into the game. Following a UCSB timeout, the Bruins pushed their lead to 7-1 with 12 minutes left in the half. UCLA's early dominance was led by their ability to grab the draw, as they won the first 8 draw controls of the game with midfielder Sam Fletcher at center. The score at halftime was 9-4 in favor of UCLA. The Bruins continued to push the pace following the break, as they opened up a 16-7 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Gauchos were able to close the game with 5 consecutive goals, but UCLA sealed up the four goal victory 16-12.
The victory was a total team effort from the Bruins, as they pulled out the first UCLA win over UCSB since 2004. The defense was led by upperclassmen Sharon Woo and Teryn Bence with great 1v1 defense to slow down the Gaucho attack. Midfield play was dominated by Fletcher (8 DC, 70% draws won, 2 G), Molly Tracy (5 DC, 5 CTO, 4 GB), and Kristin Alexander (4 DC, 2 G) to give the Bruins numerous opportunities on the offensive end. Chloe Silance (4 G, 2 A) and Emma Dudley (3 G) stood out in a balanced, dynamic UCLA attack, which at times scored at will against UCSB. The win brings UCLA to 9-1 overall and 1-1 in the WWLL Central, with only a conference game against USC remaining on April 12.
Both Bruins teams return to action next weekend, Saturday March 15 at UCLA before taking a two week break for finals and spring break. UCLA 'A' will face San Diego State at 10am, while UCLA 'B' takes on Concordia University in a scrimmage at 12pm.
UCLA Storm Through Arizona, Win Streak at Seven - Mar 2, 2014
The Bruins took a weekend trip to play WWLL South teams in Arizona. Though the forecast predicted rain and thunderstorms throughout the weekend, the weather and fields held up long enough for both games to be played.
On Saturday, a sluggish start against the University of Arizona allowed the Wildcats to keep the game close through the first half. At halftime, the score was 9-7, as the Bruins held a narrow lead. However, much of the play was dominated by midfielder Sam Fletcher’s ability to control the draw at will, as the Bruins won 16 of 21 draws with Fletcher at center. UCLA was unable to capitalize on these opportunities in in the first half as turnovers and missed shots kept the game close. In the second half, freshman Chloe Silance stepped up to dictate play on the offensive end and help lead the Bruins to a comfortable 17-9 win. Silance finished with 9 points on the day (5 G, 4 A), while freshman Kristin Alexander tacked on 6 points off 5 goals and 1 assist in addition to 8 draw controls.
UCLA controlled the game from the start on Sunday against Arizona State. All players contributed to the team win, which saw the Bruins jump out to a 10-1 halftime lead and finish out the game 18-4. The Bruins displayed a balanced, dynamic attack with 13 of 18 goals coming off assists. Freshman Cambrey Knapp led the effort with 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 caused turnovers, and 5 draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Martine Ehrlich was solid in cage for the Bruins with 11 saves against only 4 goals. Fellow freshman Gretchen Kiep added 10 points over the weekend with 4 goals and 1 assist in each game.
The wins bring UCLA’s record to 8-1 overall, and 5-1 in the WWLL. Up next for the Bruins is 11th ranked UC Santa Barbara next Saturday in Santa Barbara.
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