No. 2 USC wins top-5 match-up
Roundup: No. 6 Pepperdine drops 20 on Harvard
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- No. 2 Southern California wrapped up another MPSF win with a 10-6 victory against host No. 5 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans claimed their fourth consecutive win in going to 4-0 in MPSF play thanks to another well-rounded offensive effort, led by another hat trick from sophomore Jeremy Davie and anchored by eight saves from senior goalie Joel Dennerley. USC improves to 13-2 overall with the win.
After a tight first period that was even at 2-2 and a 3-2 Gaucho lead early in the second frame. The Trojans then built a lead against the host Gauchos, going ahead 5-3 by halftime after second-frame goals from Peter Kurzeka, Forest Monroe and Nikola Vavic. UCSB would tighten the gap to 5-4 midway through the third period, but the Trojans went on a five-goal scoring streak as Davie worked his way towards his hat trick, Monroe tallied another score.
Rosenthal and Brian Boswell got in on the scoring action as well to put the Trojans ahead 10-4. The Gauchos would manage two goals later in the fourth, but USC's lead was too great for any comeback hopes and the Trojans locked in on the 10-6 win.
No. 3 Stanford 18, Brown 5
No. 3 Stanford 16, No. 18 Air Force 3
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- No. 3 Stanford completed a perfect 4-0 run at the Rodeo Tournament in Santa Clara Sunday, claiming wins of 18-5 and 16-3 against Brown and No. 18 Air Force, respectively.
Jacob Smith led the Cardinal with seven goals Sunday, highlighted by a five-goal effort in the afternoon win over Air Force. Alex Bowen and Forrest Watkins each scored six times with a hat trick in each game.
Goalies Brian Pingree and Hunter Ploch both spent time in the cage Sunday. Pingree made 12 saves over both games while Ploch stopped 10 shots in a strong defensive performance for the Cardinal.
No. 6 Pepperdine 20, Harvard 2
No. 6 Pepperdine 16, Bucknell 7
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- No. 6 Pepperdine netted an impressive 36 total goals over two contests as they defeated Harvard 20-2 and No. 17 Bucknell 16-7 on Sunday at the Santa Clara Rodeo Tournament. The Waves were led by Andrew Milcovich who netted five goals and Matt Brown, Matthew DeTrane and Brandon Picone as each netted four goals over both games.
The Waves got things started off early on Sunday morning as they held the Crimson scoreless in the first quarter and netted three goals of their own. In the second quarter the Waves extended their lead to 7-0 before the Crimson netted their only goals of the game to put the score at 8-2 after two quarters of action.