IRVINE, Calif. – No. 8 Pepperdine defeated No. 7 UC Irvine 11-10 for the squad’s first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory of the season at Anteater Pool Friday night. The Waves saw an even scoring distribution in the win, with six players finding the back of the net. Junior Spencer Hambyled all scorers with a hat trick.
The Anteaters started out the scoring just 16 seconds into play, taking the lead 1-0. However, Hamby would answer with two quick goals at the 7:19 and 6:20 marks to put the Waves up 2-1. Although the Anteaters would tie the game 2-2 and then again four more times throughout play, they Waves never trailed the rest of way. Junior James Perry and redshirt senior Andrew Milcovich netted their first goals of the game to give the Waves a 4-3 lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Milcovich would net his second goal to break a 4-4 tie. At the 4:06 mark the Anteaters would tie things up again, and the 5-5 score would hold up into the third quarter.
The Waves wasted no time finding the back of the net in the third quarter, as Stephen Loomis scored his only goal of the game 42 seconds into what was the highest scoring period of the night. The Anteaters and Waves went back and forth, and with the game tied 7-7, Nick Cooper put away two goals in less than a minute’s time at the 4:47 and 3:54 marks to put the Waves up 9-7. The Anteaters would make it 9-8 on an extra man goal with 3:34 left in the quarter, but Colin Carroll(Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) would find the back of the net at the 1:32 mark to put the Waves ahead 10-8.
No. 5 UC Santa Barbara 10, UC San Diego 8
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara defeated No. 9 UC San Diego in the Gauchos final non-conference game of the season. Freshman Chase Racich scored three goals for UCSB in the wire-to-wire 10-8 victory.
Freshman Derek Shoemaker opened up the scoring, finding the back of the net with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter. Racich also scored in the first, giving the Gauchos the early 2-1 lead going into the second quarter. Junior Brian Shoemaker and freshman Eric Van de Mortel each found the target in the second to put UCSB up 4-2 at halftime. This balanced attack got UCSB out ahead early, letting the Gauchos focus on the defensive side of the pool.
The scoring opened up in the second half for both teams. Four different players scored for the Tritons in the third quarter, almost erasing the Gauchos early lead. But UCSB countered with three goals, including two from freshman Matt Johnson, to keep them ahead 7-6 entering the fourth quarter.
Chase Racich scored with 5:23 remaining in the game to put the Gauchos back up by two. UCSD sophomore Josh Stiling scored his third goal of the match with 3:27 remaining to put some tension on the Gauchos. But Racich again found the back of the net with 1:53 to go, putting the game out of reach for the Tritons.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.