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CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Junior running back Lamont Smith and senior wide receiver Thomas Mayo each scored three touchdowns and the defense registered a shutout on Saturday afternoon, as No. 17 California (Pa.) cruised to a 44-0 victory against Elizabeth City State (N.C.) in the first round of NCAA tournament.

With the win, the Vulcans improved to 10-2 overall. The team now travels to face No. 3  and undefeated Winston-Salem State in the second round of the NCAA tournament at noon ET Saturday, Nov. 26.

Meanwhile, the Vikings finish the year with an 8-4 record with all four losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents.

Redshirt junior quarterback Peter Lalich posted his third 300-yard game of the season, finishing with 357 passing yards on 26-of-34 attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Lalich became only the third 3,000-yard quarterback in school history and now ranks second with 3,344 yards this season. Lalich is also only one touchdown shy of becoming the third quarterback with 30 touchdown passes in a single season.

Smith finished with 83 rushing yards on 11 attempts (7.5 yards/attempt) and three touchdowns after posting only two rushing scores in the regular season. With his performance, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark (1,078) and is one of four running backs in school history with 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons.

The Vulcans posted their first shutout of the season  after limiting the Vikings to only 197 yards of total offense. Cal U limited ECSU junior running back Daronte McNeill to a season-low 67 rushing yards on 20 carries (3.3 yards/attempt) after he entered the game ranked sixth in the country with 143.6 rushing yards/game and third with 22 rushing touchdowns.

The Vulcans also forced the Vikings into four turnovers after ECSU entered the game ranked ninth in the nation in turnover margin (+13).