STANFORD, Calif. — Jacob Smith made a key steal with 30 seconds remaining then scored the game-winner with four left on the clock, capping No. 1 Stanford’s 6-5 come-from-behind win against No. 5 UC Santa Barbara Sunday.
Smith’s game-winner, his second goal of the day, capped a wild final two minutes which featured two lead changes, the final one giving Stanford its first lead of the day.
After the score tied 5-5 with 1:28 remaining The teams traded possessions until the Gauchos took over at 40 seconds. Smith anticipated a cross-tank pass, knifing in front of his man to make the steal. He then led the Cardinal breakaway into the Gaucho end before being fouled from behind by Liam Gaughan, drawing the ejection and giving the Cardinal a power play with 19 seconds on the clock.
Following a timeout to set up for the final shot, the Cardinal executed superbly, cycling the ball around the perimeter before Smith found the opening from the left wing and fired home the winner. Conner Cleary blocked UCSB’s last-gasp attempt as time expired and the Cardinal avoided the upset.
No. 2 California 18, No. 9 UC-San Diego 8
SAN DIEGO — No. 2 California, led by senior Ivan Rackov’s five goals, concluded a successful trip to southern California with an 18-8 victory against No. 9 UC-San Diego Sunday in a non-league match in San Diego.
The Golden Bears jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter and were never threatened in the contest. They scored two goals in the second period and five goals in both the third and fourth periods. Senior Luka Saponjic added three goals, while sophomores Collin Smith, Hunter Gettlefinger and freshman Aleksa Saponjic, scored two goals apiece.
Senior Cory Nasoff, senior Charlie Steffens, junior Ayal Keren and redshirt freshman Blake Kelly also scored for the Bears.
No. 3 UCLA 18, No. 7 UC Irvine 6
LOS ANGELES — No. 3 UCLA earned an 18-6 victory at No. 7 UC Irvine on Sunday afternoon, receiving goals from 10 players in the MPSF match. The Bruins (11-3, 1-1 MPSF) outscored the host Anteaters by a 12-3 margin in the final three quarters.
Brett Hays, Paul Reynolds and Griffin White each scored three goals for UCLA, while Aimone Barabino and Josh Samuels each netted two.
UC Irvine (12-7, 0-2 MPSF) was led by two goals from Mitch Wise.
Leading 5-3 after the first quarter, UCLA outscored UC Irvine 5-1 in the second period. Four more goals from the Bruins pushed UCLA’s advantage to 9-3 with 1:54 remaining before halftime. UC Irvine’s Max Parrague scored with 27 seconds left, and Samuels countered for the Bruins with eight seconds remaining.
No. 18 Santa Clara 9, No. 10 UC Davis 6
DAVIS, Calif. — No. 18 Santa Clara scored all but one of its goals on 6-on-5 opportunities or five-meter penalty shots in a 9-6 victory against No. 10 UC Davis in a Western Water Polo Association match at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday.
UC Davis sliped to 16-7 for the year and 10-2 in WWPA contests. Santa Clara moved to 11-10 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
Sophomore Theo Nasser, senior Brett Zylstra and senior Marcus Akerland each scored two goals for the Broncos. Senior goalkeeper Michael Wishart posted 11 saves, with two coming against Aggie five-meter penalty shots.