No. 4 Stanford wins SoCal Tourney
Roundup: No. 2 UCLA downs No. 1 USC in third-place match
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- No. 4 Stanford captured its first SoCal Tournament title since 2002 with wins against top-ranked USC and No. 3 California on Sunday. The Cardinal capped off the tournament victory with a 10-9 overtime decision against the Golden Bears.
The Cardinal (7-2) earned a measure of revenge on the Trojans and Golden Bears Sunday, as USC and California dealt Stanford its only defeats this season two weeks ago at the NorCal Invitational. In Sunday's semifinal round, the Cardinal defeated USC, 6-4.
Freshman Alex Bowen scored six goals Sunday, all of them coming in the title game. Among Bowen's six goals was the tournament-winner, scored with 42 seconds to go in the second overtime session. Forrest Watkins continued his productive weekend with four goals, Jacob Smith scored twice and Alex Avery, Andrew LaForge, Paul Rudolph and Peter Sefton all added goals.
Goalie Brian Pingree anchored a fine Cardinal defensive performance by making a combined 17 saves Sunday. Pingree and the rest of the Cardinal defense held California scoreless the entire six minutes of overtime in the title game and held USC to just four goals, its lowest output of the season, in the semifinals.
No. 2 UCLA 7, No. 1 Southern California 6
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- No. 2 UCLA took down No. 1 USC 7-6 in the third-place match of the SoCal Tournament on Sunday evening. Josh Samuels scored the game-winning goal on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 6:58 to play in the fourth quarter, snapping a 6-6 deadlock and lifting the Bruins to their first victory against USC since Sept. 20, 2009.
Against the Trojans (11-2), UCLA received three goals from Samuels and two from Bret Lathrope. Luka Bokavsek and Cristiano Mirarchi each recorded one goal for the Bruins.
The Trojans secured a 4-2 cushion after the first quarter. UCLA cut USC's lead to 5-4 by halftime. In the second quarter, Samuels scored just 32 seconds into the frame before USC answered with a goal from Mace Rapsey (5:15). Trailing 5-3, UCLA pulled its deficit to 5-4 on a goal from Cristiano Mirarchi with 29 seconds to play before halftime.
The Bruins closed the gap in the third quarter by outscoring USC, 2-1. Bokavsek scored for the Bruins at 6:24, tying the match at 5-5. USC's Nikola Vavic scored just 22 seconds later, putting the Trojans ahead, 6-5. Lathrope tied the contest for UCLA, 6-6, with a goal at the 2:33 mark in the third quarter.
In the win against USC, goalkeeper Matt Rapacz netted 10 saves. USC's Joel Dennerley was credited with nine stops in the cage.
No. 3 California 8, No. 2 UCLA 4
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- Led by two goals apiece from seniors Ivan Rackov and Luka Saponjic, No. 3 California upended No. 2 UCLA, 8-4 in the semifinals of the SoCal Invitational. The 11-1 Golden Bears' victory against the Bruins avenged a 6-5 loss to UCLA in the Sept. 18 semifinals of the NorCal Invitational in Stockton.
Tthe Bears and the Bruins were tied 2-2 after the first period before Cal shutout its opponent 1-0 in the second quarter and then outscored UCLA 5-2 the rest of the way. Junior goalie Justin Parsons had another stellar match with seven saves, including four saves in the third period, while seniors Cory Nasoff and Zach Greenwood, junior college transfer Ayal Keren and freshman Aleksa Saponjic also notched goals for the Bears.
No. 7 UC-Irvine 15, No. 5 Pepperdine 12 OT
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. --- UC-Irvine capitalized on a big second half to rally for a 15-12 overtime victory against Pepperdine in the SoCal Tournament on Sunday morning.
Nick Pfeil scored a career-high six goals and Sam Figueroa notched a hat trick in the third quarter as the seventh-ranked 'Eaters (10-5) rallied from an 8-4 halftime deficit.
After the No. 5 Waves held a 9-5 lead midway through the third quarter, Figueroa scored a trio of goals in a span of 2:21 and Winston Newland added a score with one second left in the quarter to pull UCI within 10-9 entering the fourth period.
A goal by Mitch Wise lifted the 'Eaters into a 10-10 tie with 7:06 remaining in regulation.
Pfeil scored on a power-play opportunity with 4:43 left in the fourth for a 12-11 UCI lead before Pepperdine's Andrew Milcovich tied the contest on an extra-man goal with 4:18 remaining.
In the first three-minute extra session, goals by Pfeil at the 2:32 mark, Alan Robertson (1:12) and another from Pfeil (:24) completed the scoring as neither team scored in the second overtime period.
No. 6 Pacific 11, No. 5 Pepperdine 9 OT
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- No. 6 Pacific team claimed seventh place in the 2011 SoCal Tournament after defeating No. 5 Pepperdine 11-9 in overtime on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers improve to 8-5 on the year with the win while the Waves now sit at 7-6.
Pacific jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a goal from sophomore Balazs Erdelyi early in the first quarter. Erdelyi would score again, this time at the 1:00 mark, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. A late Pepperdine goal cut Pacific's lead to one at the end of the period.
The Tigers continued to play well offensively, getting a quick score from senior Tom Koning to take a 3-1 lead early in the second before a goal from senior Tyler Reardon gave the Orange and Black a 4-1 advantage with 2:19 left in the half. The Waves were able to draw an exclusion with 37 seconds remaining before scoring on the subsequent six-on-five play to trim Pacific's lead to 4-2 at the break.
Koning scored his second goal of the match on a six-on-five situation early in the third quarter to put Pacific up 5-2. Consecutive Pepperdine goals allowed the Waves to make it a one-goal game, but senior Lance Morrison found the back of the cage to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead at the 3:16 mark. A Pepperdine score with three seconds remaining again brought the Waves to within one with one quarter left to play.
Pepperdine would score first in the fourth quarter, knotting the game at 6-6. Erdelyi tallied his third goal of the match at the 6:03 mark to give Pacific a one-goal advantage, but consecutive Pepperdine goals gave the Waves their first lead of the match with four minutes remaining.
Pacific regained momentum on another score from Erdelyi as he tied the match at 8-8 with 2:14 left. The Waves would score just 17 seconds later, however, to go back on top at 9-8. Not to be outdone, the Tigers turned to their dominant junior center Goran Tomasevic, who tallied to tie the game at 9-9 and send it into overtime.
In the first overtime period, Pacific was able to draw a penalty shot which Tomasevic converted, putting the Tigers up 10-9 with 1:39 left. The Orange and Black would put the game away early in the second overtime as Erdelyi scored his fifth goal of the match at the 2:22 mark, after which Pepperdine failed to find the scoreboard the rest of the way.
No. 8 UC-Santa Barbara 9, No. 6 Pacific 8 3OT
No. 8 UC-Santa Barbara 9, No. 7 UC-Irvine 6
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- The eighth-ranked Gauchos defeated No. 6 Pacific in a thrilling, triple overtime game that was decided on a sudden-death goal scored by junior Jesse Gillespie. UCSB's 9-8 victory against Pacific put them into the fifth-place game against No. 7 UC Irvine. After its late-game heroics vs. Pacific, UCSB was not to be denied of a strong tournament finish, defeating the Anteaters 9-6.
UCSB used a strong first-half defense and three Lazar Komadinic goals to take a 5-2 halftime lead against Pacific in the early game. By the start of the fourth quarter, the lead had swelled to 7-3 and UCSB looked to be advancing to the fifth-place game with ease. The sixth-ranked Tigers had a different plan however, as Goran Tomasevic and Balazs Erdelyi each scored twice to tie the game at 7-7 and force ovetime.
Sophomore Matt Gronow scored with 2:26 remaining in the first overtime to give UCSB the lead. But Pacific countered back, with Erdelyi evening the game at 8. Neither team scored in the second overtime so per NCAA rules, a three minute sudden death period ensued. The game seemed to be locked in a defensive standoff until Gillespie's goal with just 0:02 remaining won the game for the Gauchos.
After their long, grueling win against the Tigers, it would have been understandable for UCSB to come out flat against a tough Irvine squad. The Gauchos, however, matched Irvine's intensity early. Freshman Eric Van de Mortel had two goals in the second quarter and UCSB led at the break, 5-4. The Gauchos won the third quarter 3-2 before shutting down the Anteaters in the fourth for the victory. Sophomore Jay Lovero had six saves in the game, including three in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory for UCSB.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.