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UC Irvine Rally Comes Up Short In 9-7 Loss To Cal At NCAA Championship


UC Irvine's rally in the fourth fell just short in their sixth NCAA appearance.

Fourth-seeded UC Irvine rallied with six goals in the fourth period, but could not catch Cal in a 9-7 loss in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the IU Natatorium Friday.

After trailing 7-1 to start the fourth quarter, the Anteaters caught fire scoring three straight on goals by Gabby Pierandozzi (6:58) and back-to-back power play goals by Mary Brooks at 6:00 and 5:33. Cal would stop the momentum with a goal by Emma Wright at 5:01 before Kelsey Thornton found the back of the net from the left side at 4:40 and Julie Swieca scored on a six on four advantage to narrow the deficit to 8-6 with 2:25 remaining. Wright once again spoiled the Anteaters plans with a goal at 1:58 before Brooks had the final goal with 1:23 on the clock to end the game at 9-7.