Bruins Face Tough Competition in Colorado
Apr. 9, 2012
Following a mid-season hiatus for winter quarter finals and spring break, the Bruins traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado where they faced No. 3 Colorado State in a highly anticipated rematch of last year's WCLA Division 1 title game.
After the Bruins netted the first goal of the game, UCLA and CSU fought a back-and-forth battle throughout the first half, eventually ending the period tied at 6. The Bruins came out of the break strong, scoring two unanswered goals in the first 2 minutes to take an 8-6 lead, but the Rams weren't going anywhere. With 12 minutes left in the game, the Rams went on a 3 goal run to take a 13-10 lead over UCLA. The Bruins steadily fought back to bring the game within 1 goal with 1:50 on the clock. After breaking the Colorado State stall with just 31 seconds left in the match, the Bruins got the ball to their offensive end, but weren't able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities as the clock wound down. The No. 3 Rams held on for the 13-12 victory.
Sophomore Courtney Randall led the attack with 4 goals, while six other Bruins also contributed points including 3 each from seniors Morgan Oberstein and Allie Simpson. Senior Allie Roe tallied 6 ground ball controls to lead the midfield, and goalie Devon Comito continued to anchor the defense with 15 saves.
The next day, the team headed to Boulder for another big RMWLL match-up against No. 6 Colorado. The Bruins struggled with depth from the start, with 3 players unable to suit up for the game due to altitude sickness and injury. Even so, UCLA battled through the fast-paced first half, taking a 9-7 lead in the first 28 minutes. A series of unfortunate defensive breakdowns allowed the Buffs to net 3 late first-half goals, giving Colorado a 10-9 lead at the break. The Bruins never quite recovered from that breakdown, and the lack of depth did them no favors, as they fell to a 16-10 deficit in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The Bruins amped up the defensive pressure to hold the Buffs to just one goal in the final 15 minutes, but weren't able to catch up on the offensive end.
UCLA's possession was plagued all game by a total of 24 turnovers, leading to a final of 17-11 in Colorado's favor. Oberstein and Randall fought hard throughout, combining for 11 points and 7 ground ball controls. Meanwhile, Roe led the midfield with 2 caused turnovers and 4 draw controls.
The Bruins remain 6-1 in the WWLL, and move to 8-4 in WCLA competition. The Bruins take on the USC Trojans on Saturday for their final regular season game. This marks the last home game for the team's nine seniors, and will take place at noon on the UCLA IM Field.
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