LOS ANGELES – In a battle of the top two defenses of the MPSF, it was second-ranked USC that came out on top with an 8-4 win against No. 3 Stanford on Saturday afternoon at McDonald’s Swim Stadium.
With the win, USC improves to 14-2 on the season with a 5-0 mark in conference action. Stanford drops to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in league play following the defeat.
A slow start coupled with three first-period USC goals put the Cardinal on their back heels right away. Stanford didn’t get on the board until the second frame, and would only score once over the opening 16 minutes while falling behind 5-1 by halftime.
The Cardinal defense recovered in the second half, while the offense found the back of the net as well. But the teams would play to a 3-3 draw in the second half en route to Stanford suffering its second conference loss of the campaign.
Alex Bowen scored three of the four Cardinal goals Saturday, with Peter Sefton accounting for the fourth. Defensively, goalie Brian Pingree stopped seven shots.
USC goalie Joel Dennerley made 14 saves as the Trojans withstood Stanford’s attack to hold the Cardinal to a season-low four goals. Brian Boswell and Peter Kurzeka tallied two goals apiece to power the Trojan offensive attack while Stephen Siri, Michael Rosenthal, Jack Plaga, and Jeremy Davie all notched goals to help lead USC to victory.
No. 8 UC Irvine 10, No. 7 Pacific 9
STOCKTON, Calif. — Jacob Mourer scored three goals to power eighth-ranked UC Irvine past No. 7 Pacific 10-9 in a key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to Mourer’s hat trick, Trent Baxter and Mitch Wise added two goals apiece as the ‘Eaters, now 13-8 overall on the year, picked up their first MPSF win of the season in improving to 1-3 in the league. The UCI victory kept the Tigers (9-8, 0-3) winless in conference action.
Brian Pickford, Baxter, Max Parrague and Mourer all notched goals as UCI took a 4-2 lead after one quarter. Nick Pfeil’s goal at the 7:30 mark in the second period extended the ‘Eaters’ lead to 5-2 and UCI held a 7-5 advantage at halftime.
Pacific’s Daniel Lungu scored back-to-back goals to open the second half as the Tigers drew even at 7-7. Joey Doyle then scored with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter to give Pacific an 8-7 lead, but UCI’s Wise (2:53) and Mourer (:12) countered with goals, to put the ‘Eaters back in front by a 9-8 count entering the final period.
Baxter scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 6:00 left in regulation as he gave UC Irvine a 10-8 lead. Pacific’s Goran Tomasevic scored with 1:12 remaining to close the deficit to 10-9 but the Tigers couldn’t tally the tying goal over the last minute of play as the Anteaters held on for the victory.
No. 9 Long Beach State 14, No. 6 Pepperdine 12 (2OT)
MALIBU, Calif. — Ninth-ranked Long Beach State (14-6, 1-3) rode four goals from Nick Rascon to capture a 14-12 double-overtime victory against Pepperdine (12-8, 2-3) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on Saturday afternoon.
Rascon scored two of his four goals in the two overtime periods, while Dan Matulis scored two of his three goals in extra time. Matulis’ goal with 2:28 remaining in the first overtime proved to be the game-winning score.
Devin Mefford broke a 9-9 tie, scoring with 0:17 seconds remaining in the game and appearing to give the 49ers the victory. Pepperdine, however, scored with only two seconds remaining to force the two overtime periods.
The contest was a seesaw battle, with the largest lead being a three-goal advantage for the Waves in the third quarter. There were 11 ties and lead changes in the match.
Mefford, Milos Vrzic, and Hayden Leach added two goals each for the 49ers, with Aleksandar Petrovic chipping in a goal of his own to wrap up the scoring.
John Mroch totaled eight saves in the victory for LBSU.
No. 10 Loyola Marymount 8 No. 12 UC Davis 5
LOS ANGELES — No. 10 Loyola Marymount earned another important conference win on Saturday, defeating 12th-ranked UC Davis 8-5 in Western Water Polo Association action at the Burns Aquatics Center.
The Lions used a strong defensive effort to improve to 13-6 on the season including 9-1 in WWPA action. Goalies Kyle Testman and Gavin Wild combined to make eight saves and the Lions field players limited UC Davis (20-9, 11-4) to just 20 shots in posting a shutout during second quarter that proved to be the difference.
UC Davis opened the game with the first goal, but the Lions would get consecutive scores from Joe Ferretti, John Mikuzis, and Albert Samuels to take a 3-1 lead. The Aggies’ Colin Hicks would score with just 19 second left to make cut the deficit to 3-2 going into the second frame.
The Lions would then score the only three goals of the quarter, holding the Aggies scoreless. Mark Menis scored a pair and Edgaras Asajavicius added another to give the Lions a 6-2 lead at the break.
The Aggies cut the lead in half with a goal to start the second half, but the Lions would score the next two — another by Asajavicius and a 6-on-5 tally by Colton — to push the lead to 8-3. UC Davis scored again late in the third period to reduce the deficit to four goals entering the final stanza.
Wild would then keep the Aggies off the board the entire fourth quarter until they would score on a 6-on-5 with just five seconds left in the game.
The 6-on-5 advantage was big for the Lions throughout the afternoon as they went 5-of-9 while holding the Aggies to just 1-for-8.