UC Irvine downs UC Santa Barbara
Roundup: No. 8 Pepperdine tops No. 9 Loyola Marymount
IRVINE, Calif. -- Junior Nick Pfeil scored a career-high four goals and No. 7 UC Irvine capitalized on solid defense in the second half to defeat No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 13-8 in a non-conference game at Anteater Pool Saturday.
Pfeil scored three of his goals in the second half when the 'Eaters outscored the Gauchos, 7-2. Max Parrague added three goals while Trent Baxter, Winston Newland and Mitch Wise scored two apiece as UCI improved to 4-0 on the season. Michael Bailey started in goal for UCI and had three saves in the first half before giving way to Jimmy Friedrich, who made six stops in the second half.
Eight different players scored a goal for UC Santa Barbara, who fell to 2-1. Myles Christian had eight saves in goal.
No. 1 Southern California 14, No. 18 California Baptist 3
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Top-ranked USC picked up a 14-3 win against No. 18 Cal Baptist on Saturday in the Trojans' home opener led by an offensive outburst from Peter Kurzeka. The Trojan senior tallied six goals to lead the charge for USC's second win of the year, recording the most goals scored by a Trojan in a single game since 2001.
Ten years ago, Daniel Lontay tallied six in a victory against Cal. Today, Kurzeka went big and matched that historic effort while at the same time pulling himself up in the USC record book, now ranking No. 22 all-time with 110 career goals. It was a third-period hat trick that rolled up the six-goal day for Kurzeka, who scored three consecutive during a 13-0 scoring run by the Trojans against the Lancers. Nikola Vavic capped the surge with a nearside strike on an assist by Connor Virjee, putting USC ahead 14-1 during the fourth period of play.
No. 8 Pepperdine 11, No. 9 Loyola Marymount 7
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 7 Pepperdine defeated No. 10 Loyola Marymount 11-7 on the road in a hard-fought rivalry game. The Waves had a well-balanced offensive attack in the game with eight different players netting goals. Juniors Stephen Loomis, Spencer Hamby and James Perry led the way with two goals apiece.
The Waves got things started quickly, with Colin Carroll putting Pepperdine ahead 1-0 at the 6:44 mark in the first period. Mike Tragitt put the Waves up 2-0 with 2:38 left in the first period. The defense held strong to start the game, with goalkeeper Bence Valics not having to make a save in the period. In the second period, the Lions got on the board with a goal a little more than two minutes into the second period and tied it 2-2 at the 3:10 mark. That is the closest the Lions would get, however, as the Waves put away three more goals by Matt De Trane, Loomis and Hamby to extend the lead to 5-2 going into the break.
Loyola Marymount started the third quarter out fast with a goal less than 30 seconds into the period to put the score at 5-3. The Waves and Lions then traded goals back and forth for the next three minutes. Nathan Castillo made the score 6-3, the Lions netted one at the 4:39 mark and Loomis answered with his second goal of the game to put the Wave up 7-4. Danny White added his first goal of the game with 2:06 left in the third to build the Waves' lead advantage to 8-4. In the final quarter, the Lions cut the Waves' lead to three, but Pepperdine answered with a goal from Perry. Hamby then added his second of the day to make the score 10-6 and the Lions answered with 1:08 left in the game, 10-7. Perry added his second of the game with 24 seconds left to make the final score 11-7 in favor of Pepperdine.