STOCKTON, Calif. — USC got its biggest win against Stanford since 2008 with a 12-5 victory in the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament.
Stockton was the site of the Trojans’ last big win against Stanford, who USC topped 10-3 in the 2008 tourney semis.
The USC defense put up a strong stand against the Cardinal, anchored by 12 saves from goalie Joel Dennerley, who put himself in position to become USC’s all-time career saves leader. Dennerley currently holds 673 saves, two away from the record of 675, held for 24 years by Kevin Stringer.
The Trojans silenced Stanford in the first frame, taking a 4-0 lead thanks in part to a pair of goals from Brian Boswell. He, Jeremy Davie, Kosta Genidounias and Michael Rosenthal would each finish with two goals in the game. A buzzer-beater from Forest Monroe gave the Trojans a 10-3 lead at halftime, putting USC was in the driver’s seat for a cruise to the title match.
No. 3 UCLA 6, No. 2 California 5
STOCKTON, Calif. — UCLA’s Paul Reynolds broke a 5-5 tie with 50 seconds left to give the Bruins the win.
Cal’s Saponjic had tied the contest with a goal with 1:52 remaining in the fourth period. The Bears had to battle back from a 3-1 deficit at halftime, and outscored the Bruins 2-0 in the third period behind senior Ivan Rackov’s two third-period goals.
With score tied 3-3 after three periods, Saponjic gave Cal’s its first lead of the contest, 4-3, with a goal at 6:43 in the fourth. UCLA scored the next two goals on shots by Samuel at 2:28 and Wherry at 2:18 left in the match.
Down 5-4, Saponjic was able to even the match with his score with a little less than two minutes remaining, but the Bruins’ Reynolds was able to secure the game-winner a minute later.