No. 2 Cal upends No. 3 UCLA
Roundup: No. 1 Stanford wins top-10 showdown vs. Pepperdine
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Seniors Ivan Rackov and Zach Greenwood each notched two goals apiece and junior goalie Justin Parsons registered 11 saves as No. 2-ranked Cal (12-2, 1-0) defeated No. 3-ranked UCLA 8-5 Friday night at the Spieker Aquatics Center on the UCLA campus. In the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation league opener for both schools, the Golden Bears broke away from a 3-3 tie at halftime by outscoring the Bruins 4-1 in the third period behind two Rackov goals, and scores by Greenwood and freshman Aleksa Saponjic.
Senior Charlie Steffens, junior Marin Balarin and redshirt freshman Blake Kelly also produced goals for Cal, who has now won nine consecutive MPSF league matches and finishing last season 8-0 in conference. It was the third time the Bears have played the Bruins this season, with Cal losing 6-5 Sept. 18 at the NorCal Invitational, and winning 8-4 Oct. 2 at the SoCal Invitational.
No. 6 Pacific 10, No. T10 UC Davis 5
DAVIS, Calif. -- No. 6 Pacific defeated No. T10 UC Davis 10-5 in a nonconference road match Friday at the Schaal Aquatics Complex.
The Tigers improve to 9-5 with the win while the Aggies drop to 16-6 on the year.
Pacific tallied the first goal of the match when sophomore Balazs Erdelyi found the back of the cage. After UC Davis answered with a score of its own, goals from senior Todd Hazen and Erdelyi gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Manning the cage for the Tigers was sophomore Alex Malkis. He registered 10 saves on the night, his seventh double-figure block match of 2011. Malkis anchored a Pacific defense that held the Aggies to their lowest point total of the season.
No. 1 Stanford 9, No. 8 Pepperdine 5
STANFORD, Calif. -- Top-ranked Stanford's quartet of seniors all made an impact Friday night as the Cardinal cruised past No. 8 Pepperdine 9-5 at Avery Aquatic Center.
Ryan Kent netted a hat trick to pace the Cardinal (9-2, 1-0 MPSF), while Jacob Smith and Peter Sefton each added goals. Senior goalie Brian Pingree made six saves and coordinated a strong defensive effort that limited the Waves (7-6, 0-2 MPSF) to just one first-half goal.
Paul Rudolph added a pair of goals while Forrest Watkins and Alex Bowen each found the net as well.
Stanford did most of its damage in the first half, outscoring the Waves 6-1. Watkins opened the scoring just 1:47 into the game and Kent netted his first five minutes later to double the Stanford advantage.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.