Pepperdine tops Pacific in OT
Roundup: No. 3 UCLA downs No. 14 Santa Clara 12-9
MALIBU, Calif. -- Junior attacker Matthew DeTrane scored four goals and junior center Spencer Hamby notched the game-winner in overtime as eighth-ranked Pepperdine held off sixth-ranked Pacific 11-10 in the Waves' 2011 home opener on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore goalie Bence Valics made 13 saves, including a game-ending block with five seconds left in the contest, to help the Waves improve to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Pacific, led by Tom Koning's four goals, dropped to 9-6, 0-1.
The Waves took early leads of 1-0 and 2-1 after goals by sophomore attacker Mike Tragitt and senior attacker Brandon Picone, but the Tigers then ran off four consecutive goals to go into halftime with a 5-2 lead.
DeTrane got the Waves going with two quick goals early in the third period, but Pacific still led 7-5 after three quarters.
But just like that, it was 7-7 less than a minute into the fourth period. Junior attacker Stephen Loomis and DeTrane both scored fast-break goals to even things up for the first time since late in the second quarter.
Koning hit a long shot for his third goal of the game to put Pacific back ahead with 5:38 to play, before DeTrane's fourth goal of the contest came on a 6-on-5 with five minutes left to make it 8-8.
Pacific regained a 9-8 advantage on a shot from distance by Balazs Szabo with 3:28 left, and then senior attacker Andrew Milcovich tied the score at 9-9 with 3:01 to go for the Waves. No more goals were scored in the final three minutes of regulation play.
Loomis' second goal of the game put Pepperdine ahead for the first time since it was 2-1. He cut into the 2-meter position, took a pass and quickly scored to give the Waves a 10-9 lead with 1:04 left in the first overtime. But Pacific tied the game for the sixth and final time as Koning found the back of the net from afar with three seconds left.
The Waves' defense shut down the Tigers in the second overtime period, however. After Hamby scored from two meters out with 1:48 to play, Pepperdine stopped Pacific on the Tigers' final possessions to hold on for the victory.
No. 3 UCLA 12, No. 14 Santa Clara 9
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Third-ranked UCLA earned a 12-9 victory at No. 14 Santa Clara in a non-conference match at Sullivan Aquatic Center on Sunday afternoon. Cristiano Mirarchi, Paul Reynolds and Jed Springer each tallied two goals for the visiting Bruins (13-3).
Santa Clara (11-11) was led by Theo Nasser’s three-goal performance.
UCLA also received one goal apiece from Aimone Barabino, David Culpan, Chris Fahlsing, Paul Pickell, Chris Wendt and Griffin White. The Bruins’ three-goal victory came one day after earning a crucial 7-6 conference win at No. 1 Stanford.
The Bruins raced to an early 3-0 lead in the opening quarter. White found the back of the cage with 4:13 to play, Mirarchi scored at the 3:12 mark and Reynolds netted his first of two goals with 2:40 to play.
Santa Clara reduced UCLA’s cushion to 3-2, as Jimmy Moore (2:15) and Tucker Carlson (1:19) scored in the period’s closing minutes. The Bruins led 4-2 after one quarter, receiving a goal from Fahlsing with 51 seconds left in the first quarter.
Each team traded two goals in the second quarter. Leading 5-4, UCLA pushed its cushion to 6-4 with 13 seconds remaining in the first half on a goal from Barabino.
In the second half, UCLA never led by fewer than three goals. The Bruins outscored the host Broncos by a 3-1 margin in the third quarter to secure a 9-5 cushion. Santa Clara tallied four goals to UCLA’s three in the final period.
UCLA goalkeeper Andrew Mesesan started in the cage for the Bruins, totaling three saves in the first, second and fourth quarters. Mesesan allowed eight goals on the afternoon. James Hartshorne made two stops in the third quarter, limiting Santa Clara to one goal in his lone stanza of action.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.