No. 1 USC downs No. 7 UC-Irvine
Roundup: No. 2 UCLA scores 30 goals in the first two rounds
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dominating starts to both games Saturday propelled USC on a path to the semifinals at the 2011 SoCal Tournament. The Trojans blasted No. 20 Pomona-Pitzer 21-1 and took down No. 7 UC Irvine 11-5 to win their group and advance a step closer toward defending eight consecutive SoCal tourney titles. Now toting a 9-0 record, USC advances to the semifinal.
Two Trojans tacked up their first collegiate goals in the morning victory against Pomona-Pitzer. Freshman A.J. MacDonell went big with a fourth-period hat trick to join a set of five Trojans with multiple goals in the game. Freshman Marc Vonderweidt also plugged in his first goal as a Trojan during USC’s blitz of scoring in the fourth frame. His goal capped off USC’s 15-goal surge as the defense silenced the Sagehens through 26 minutes of action.
In the afternoon tangle with UC Irvine, the Trojans rolled out to a 4-0 lead on the Anteaters with goals from Tobias Preuss, Kostas Genidounias, Nikola Vavic and Brian Boswell. UCI broke the silence in the second period, but USC punched in three more next for a 7-1 advantage at halftime. Genidounias would provide a goal in each of the first three periods to lead USC in scoring with a hat trick, while eight other Trojans also got to the back of the net in a widespread attack by the USC offense. Joel Dennerley played the first three periods in goal for USC, stopping five shots before Bonilla came in for two saves in the fourth.
No. 2 UCLA 12, No. 8 UC-Santa Barbara 5
No. 2 UCLA 18, Air Force 5
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- UCLA used a balanced scoring attack to defeat UC Santa Barbara 12-5 in a quarterfinal match of the SoCal Tournament on Saturday.
Brett Hays, Bret Lathrope, Daniel Lenhart and Chris Wendt each scored two goals in UCLA's fourth consecutive victory. In all, UCLA received at least one goal from eight players. The Bruins (9-1) cruised past Air Force, 18-5, in a first-round match on Saturday morning.
Against the Gauchos (9-5) on Saturday afternoon, UCLA scored the game's first five goals. Wendt helped the Bruins take the lead with a 6-on-5 goal at 7:25 in the opening quarter. UCLA padded its cushion with three more goals in the first period. Lathrope scored at 6:36, Wendt found the back of the cage at 3:12 and Josh Samuels netted his 15th goal of the season at 2:39.
Daniel Lenhart scored four goals and Luka Bokavsek netted three to lead UCLA past Air Force.
No. 3 Cal 16, Santa Clara 8
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- Led by junior Marin Balarin's four goals and three goals apiece from sophomores Collin Smith and Perry Short, Cal (9-1) dominated Santa Clara 16-8 in the first round of the SoCal Invitational. It was the third time the Golden Bears have the defeated the Broncos this season.
The Bears took control of the match early by outscoring Santa Clara, 7-2, in the first period and led, 12-3, at halftime. Besides the scoring of Balarin and Smith, junior goalie Justin Parsons tallied nine saves and seniors Luka Saponjic and Cory Nasoff had two goals each. Senior Ivan Rackov and freshman Aleksa Saponjic added goals as well.
No. 7 UC-Irvine 9, No. 9 UC-Davis 8
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Nick Pfeil scored three goals to help UC-Irvine defeat UC-Davis 9-8 at the SoCal Tournament on Saturday.
Jacob Mourer added a pair of goals for UC-Irvine, which improved to 9-4 overall. Goals by Trent Baxter, Mourer and Pfeil gave UCI a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter as the 'Eaters never trailed in the game. UC-Irvine led 4-3 at halftime before the Aggies tied the score at 5-5 on a penalty shot by Bernie Rogers with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
Winston Newland put the 'Eaters ahead for good at 6-5 on a goal with 2:59 remaining in the third. Late third-period goals from Mourer and Pfeil gave UC-Irvine an 8-7 lead entering the final quarter. Pfeil scored his last goal of the game with 6:56 left in the contest for a 9-7 margin before Chris Richardson of UC Davis closed out the scoring on a power-play goal with 6:02 left.
Jimmy Friedrich had six saves in goal for UC-Irvine.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.