Southern California cruises to win
Roudup: No. 4 California defeats No. 14 Long Beach State
LOS ANGELES -- No. 4 Southern California paired a diverse offensive onslaught with dominating defense in a 13-3 win against visiting No. 12 Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Kostas Genidounias and senior Peter Kurzeka were the only Trojans to tally more than a single goal in the game as USC spread the wealth among 10 different scorers. The only goals Loyola Marymount managed in the match were on power plays in the Trojan victory, which improved USC to 11-2 overall.
Nikola Vavic and Peter Kurzeka rang up the first goals of the day for Southern California in the first frame as the Trojans took a 2-0 advantage in the first. The Lions tightened things up to 2-1 on a power play score with the Trojans playing two men down on the first possession of the second, but USC would go into shutdown mode defensively for nearly 20 minutes afterward. USC goalie Joel Dennerley racked up seven saves during his three periods of action while his Trojan defense turned away even more advances from the Lions.
The Trojans then went on a 9-0 scoring run that built up an 11-1 lead. Genidounias sparked the surge with a skipper early in the second period, he scored again off a setup from Vavic just before the end of the third, and then made it a hat trick with a slick crosscage strike that put Southern California ahead 11-1 at 4:34 in the fourth
No. 2 California 14, No. 14 Long Beach State 6
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- No. 2 California got out to a fast start, scoring five goals in the first quarter on the way to a 14-6 win against No. 14 Long Beach State.
California (13-2) outscored Long Beach State (11-5) in the first quarter 5-1, and that would be the main difference in the game. Aleksa Saponjic got the Golden Bears on the board in the second minute, and the 49ers held that score until Sapnojic struck again at 4:08. The floodgates then opened, as California scored three straight goals to take a 5-0 lead before the 49ers snuck in a goal just before the end of the period to trail 5-1.
A slick move on the outside by Luka Saponjic gave the Golden Bears another goal to start the second quarter, and they would eventually take an 8-1 lead before Long Beach State was able to pull back by again scoring the last goal in the period, as Dan Matulis put home a goal for the 49ers. Both Saponjic brothers scored three times to lead the Bears.
No. 8 Pepperdine 12, No. 18 Santa Clara 6
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- No. 8 Pepperdine defeated No. 18 Santa Clara 12-6 in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon. The team had a balanced scoring attack, with seven different players scoring. Danny White led the way with a hat trick, followed by Matthew DeTrane and Andrew Milcovich with two scores apiece.
The Waves opened up the first quarter with four goals to the Broncos’ one. At the 7:16 mark in the quarter, White scored the first goal of the game. Milcovich and Spencer Hamby pushed the Waves’ early lead to 3-0. After a goal by Santa Clara, Pepperdine finished the quarter with a goal by Luke Hewko to push the lead to 4-1.
In the second quarter, the Waves allowed only one goal and netted three of their own. White scored his second of the game, followed by DeTrane and Stephen Loomisto give Pepperdine a 7-1 lead heading into the break.