No. 10 Penn Upends No. 9 UCLA 9-5 to Take Fifth Place at 2008 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Natassa Kordic (So., Sacramento, Calif.) recorded a hat-trick and Elizabeth Lawrence (Sr., Albany, N.Y.) made seven saves as the No. 10 Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania upended No. 9 UCLA 9-5 in the fifth place game of the 2008 National Collegiate Club Championship at Mt. Hood Community College.
Penn jumped out to a 1-0 lead 56 seconds into the game as Kordic beat UCLA goalie Samantha Lim (Fr., Los Angeles, Calif.), but the Bruins responded with an exclusion score by Katie Holly (Fr., Newport, Calif.) with 4:19 remaining in the period to tie the game. UCLA then took the lead with an exclusion score by Adele Young (Fr., Long Beach, Calif.) at the 3:17 mark, but Penn tied the game before the end of the period as Soleil Roberts (Sr., Yardley, Pa.) stuck a shot past Lim.
UCLA regained the lead to open the second period as Hannah Shull (So., Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored on an exclusion at the 4:54 mark, but the Quakers ripped off four goals over a four minute stretch from 3:53 to the halftime horn as Sheena Curtin (Gr., Salt Lake City, Utah), Roberts, Rebekah Stevens (Sr., East Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Kordic found the back of the cage with shots at the 3:53, 2:08, 1:24 and 34 seconds marks, respectively, to give Penn all it would need to take the win.
Kordic completed her hat-trick with 2:33 left in the third period as she buried a shot to give the Quakers a 7-3 lead, but UCLA did not go quietly receiving a score from Kelli Bouman (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) at the 2:17 mark to set the score at 7-4 entering the fourth period.
Deidre Sandrock (Gr., West Lawn, Pa.) iced the win for Penn scoring on an exclusion with 5:33 left in the contest and Curtin added another insurance marker with 2:01 remaining before Holly closed the game's scoring with a tally.
Penn Goals -- Natassa Kordic (3); Soleil Roberts (2); Sheena Curtin (2); Rebekah Stevens; Deidre Sandrock
UCLA Goals -- Katie Holly (2); Adele Young; Kellie Bouman; Hannah Shull
Penn Assists -- Deidre Sandrock
UCLA Assists -- None
Penn Steals -- Soleil Roberts (2)
UCLA Steals -- Catrina Gallardo (2); Kellie Bouman; Samantha Ellis; Suzanne Bunke
Saves: Penn - Elizabeth Lawrence (6) ; UCLA - Samantha Lim (5, 21 minutes), Rachel Bone (2, 7 minutes)
Ejections: Penn - 6; UCLA - 5
Shots: Penn - 23 ; UCLA - 15
Sprints: Penn - 3 ; UCLA - 1
Soleil Roberts scored twice to help Penn clinch fifth place