Rackov powers Cal to opening win
Roundup: Pacific routs Santa Clara, Navy wins thriller
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Paced by five goals from Ivan Rackov and four goals from Luka Saponjic, No. 2 Cal won its season opener 16-5 against No. 13 UC-Davis in the opening match of the Cal Bear Invitational on Saturday.
Saponjic and Rackov tallied the first two goals of the season for the Golden Bears before the Aggies Trevor Allen scored with 5:43 left in the first period to get UC-Davis within 2-1. But sophomore Giacomo Cupido quickly responded with another goal for Cal at 5:14 in the period and Saponjic and Rackov added additional goals to give the Bears a 5-1 advantage.
Finally UC-Davis' top scorer Aaron Salit stopped Cal's run with an inside goal with 3:07 left in the opening quarter before Saponjic scored his third goal in the first eight minutes with 24 seconds left for a 6-2 Bears lead.
Cal outscored the Aggies 10-3 during the next three quarters for the final 16-5 margin.
No. 5 Pacific 11, No. 14 Santa Clara 2
No. 5 Pacific 8, No. 13 UC-Davis 7
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Pacific started its season with a pair of victories against top-15 foes, defeating Santa Clara and UC-Davis at the Golden Bear Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers started the day with an 11-2 rout of the Broncos then returned to the pool in the afternoon to beat the Aggies 8-7.
Pacific is 2-0 while both Santa Clara and UC-Davis fell to 0-2.
"It was a good way to open the season with two wins against solid non-conference opponents," head coach James Graham said. "It was nice to see all of our guys get playing time and I was excited to see our freshmen step up."
No. 15 Navy 9, No. 11 St. Francis, (N.Y.) 8 (OT)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy defeated St. Francis, (N.Y.) in dramatic fashion as the Midshipmen registered a 9-8 victory in overtime. The Mids trailed by as many as five goals before rallying for the come-from-behind win.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Navy head coach Mike Schofield said.
Leading 4-1 after the first quarter, St. Francis scored twice within the first 1:10 of the second quarter to up its lead to 6-1. The Midshipmen were able to close the gap as Darren McKay and Stevie Ray each scored before the end of the quarter to cut the deficit to 6-3 at the half.
Scotty Snowden found the back of the net for Navy in the third quarter to make the score 6-4 before Connor Handley pulled Navy within one when he scored with just more than four minutes left in the fourth.
The teams then traded goals as the Terriers lead 7-6 with under one minute to play in the fourth. With just 7 seconds remaining, Kyle Wertz beat St. Francis goalkeeper Igor Mladenovic to tie the game at seven.
Trailing 8-7 in overtime, Wertz came through again for Navy as he retied the game at eight with 1:22 to play.
Paul Pedrotty sealed the Navy comeback when he scored on a penalty shot to give Navy the 9-8 victory.
Navy goalkeeper Anthony Gutierrez made 10 stops, including nine in the second half.