STANFORD, Calif. — No. 3 UCLA secured a 7-6 victory at No. 1 Stanford in an MPSF match Saturday.
Griffin White led the Bruins (12-3, 2-1 MPSF) with three goals, and Josh Samuels added two in UCLA’s third consecutive win against Stanford.
The Cardinal tied the match at two on a goal from Alex Bowen two minutes into the second quarter. UCLA secured a 4-2 lead by halftime on goals from Chris Samuels and Adam White.
In the third quarter, Bowen tallied consecutive 6-on-5 goals for Stanford, tying the contest at 4-4. Each team added one goal in the final two minutes – White scored for UCLA at 1:55 and Forrest Watkins netted one goal with five seconds left in the period.
Each team traded goals early in the final period before White scored the game-winning goal for UCLA with 4:07 to play in regulation. White got open at the far post on a Bruins’ power-play opportunity and converted the go-ahead goal. Stanford earned a power play with 37 seconds to play, but a steal by UCLA with 25 seconds left allowed the Bruins to run out the clock and secure the win.
No. 4 Southern California 9, No. 2 California 8
BERKELEY, Calif. – No. 4 Southern California defeated No. 2 California 9-8 in sudden-death overtime Saturday, in a rematch of the 2010 national championship. The Trojans’ (12-2, 3-0) Jeremy Davie scored on a quick inside move off an assist from Nikola Vavic with six seconds left in the overtime period.
The two teams were tied 7-7 after regulation when Cal (14-3, 2-1) came back from a 7-5 deficit on a goal by sophomore Hunter Gettelfinger with 2:17 left in the third period, and a score by junior Ayal Keren on a strong inside move with 6:53 remaining in the fourth period.
The Golden Bears scored first in the extra period to take 8-7 advantage when Keren had an impressive field block that lead to a counterattack, where sophomore Giacomo Cupido drove nearly the length of the pool before dishing off to senior Cory Nasoff for the score to the bottom left corner of the goal.
However, USC came back in the second overtime as Davie scored with 2:30 left on a nifty scoop shot from inside two meters past Cal goalie Justin Parsons.
Long Beach State 11, No. 10 Concordia (Calif.) 9
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Senior Aleksandar Petrovic tied a season high with five goals in Long Beach State’s 11-9 victory against Concordia (Calif.) at the Campus Pool.
Freshman Milos Vrzic scored the game-winning goal with 3:43 to go in the game. Vrzic’s two goals came in the final four minutes of the contest, as he netted his second goal with 1:34 remaining.
Long Beach State (13-5) withstood a comeback attempt by Concordia (21-4) when it tied the game 8-8 with 4:54 remaining in the fourth period.
Junior Matthew Kubeck recorded 10 saves to seal the victory for LBSU.
Sophomores Nathan McConnell, Dan Matulis, and Nick Rascon added goals for the 49ers. Junior Brian Schiefer rounded out the scoring for LBSU.
Game information and photos compiled from respective school athletic department websites.