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Gallery: UCLA women’s water polo falls to Stanford in NCAA semifinal

By Elise Tsai

May 12, 2019 5:11 pm

No. 3 seed UCLA sought to win its first national title since 2009, hosted at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center. The Bruins faced No. 6 Michigan in the quarterfinal match before advancing to the semifinals against No. 2 Stanford.

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Junior attacker Maddie Musselman helps senior goalkeeper Carlee Kapana put on her swim cap before warmup laps in the pool.

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Senior defender Rachel Whitelegge shares a pregame laugh with senior attacker Lizette Rozeboom.

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Kapana stretches for a save while warming up before the quarterfinal match. Kapana started in goal for 27 out of 31 total games in the 2019 season.

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Within the first two minutes of play, Michigan scores. The Wolverines erupt in cheers from the sideline.

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Musselman shoots above Michigan's attacker Abby Andrews. Musselman scored four goals and had two assists in the quarterfinal match.

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Coach Adam Wright converses with the referee on a call. Wright entered 2019 as head coach for his second consecutive season with UCLA women's water polo.

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Junior attacker Bronte Halligan gears up for a shot against Michigan. Halligan completed a hat trick in the third period of the quarterfinal match.

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Rozeboom passes the ball over a Michigan defender. Rozeboom totaled four goals, tying with Musselman for top team scorer of the game.

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Halligan (center) and senior defender Kelsey Blacker smile as their team exits the pool arena. UCLA outscored Michigan 13-7 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship bracket.

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After beating Michigan, UCLA faces its long-time rival No. 2 seed Stanford in the semifinal match of the NCAA championship bracket.

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Stanford's attacker Ryann Neushul confronts Halligan as she attempts to make a pass. The Cardinal scored five goals, unanswered, within the first half of the game.

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Kapana blocks a shot from Stanford. Kapana saved 14 goals and had two steals in the semifinal match.

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UCLA fans cheer in the stands as the Bruins begin scoring goals against Stanford's early lead.

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Freshman attacker Val Ayala reaches above Stanford's attacker, Madison Berggren. Ayala had team-high for shots on goal, but found only one at the back of the Cardinal's net.

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Musselman takes a shot against Stanford. Musselman scored twice in the semifinal match, pulling UCLA into a 6-5 lead in the fourth quarter.

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The Cardinal tie the match, initiating overtime play. Wright relays a game plan to the Bruins for the last minute of the overtime period.

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Halligan (left), junior attacker Brooke Maxson (middle), and Blacker (right) exit the pool in tears. The Bruins were unable to advance to the championship game, losing 8-7 in overtime to the Cardinal.

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