MALIBU, Calif. — No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (14-7, 2-2 MPSF) outlasted No. 6 Pepperdine in an overtime thriller on Sunday, coming from behind to win a grueling match 16-15 in two overtimes. Ten Gauchos scored in an offensive shootout at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.
The Gauchos struck first in overtime, as freshman Derek Shoemaker scored with 2:36 remaining in the first overtime. Pepperdine was not to be denied however, scoring twice, including a Matt DeTrane goal with 12 seconds left, to take a 14-13 lead into the second overtime period.
Matt Gronow scored off of an assist from Jesse Gillespie with 2:42 remaining to tie the game. Then at the 1:55 mark, freshman Nick Tomasello tipped an intended pass into the net for the go ahead goal. Freshman Liam Gaughan scored with 1:02 left to give the Gauchos some breathing room, and they hung on for the 16-15 victory.
No. 4 California 14, No. 8 UC Irvin 6
BERKELEY, Calif. — Zach Greenwood, Luka Saponjic, Marin Balarin and Aleksa Saponjic each scored two goals as No. 4 California defeated No. 8 UC Irvine 14-6 Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Bears improved to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Junior goalie Justin Parsons also had a stellar match for Cal, registering 13 saves, including blocking a five-meter penalty shot by the Anteaters’ Sam Figueroa, who led UC Irvine with three goals.
“It was a very good team effort for us today,” Cal coach Kirk Everist said. “I was very happy with our defensive and offensive energy.”
Gettelfinger and senior Cory Nasoff led Cal with four steals apiece on the day, while Smith Greenwood and sophomore Perry Short each recorded three assists.
No. 7 Pacific 11, No. 15 Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — No. 7 Pacific routed No. 15 Santa Clara 11-5 Sunday in a nonconference match at Sullivan Aquatic Center.
The Tigers improved to 10-8 with the win while the Broncos fell to 15-13 on the year.
Balazs Erdelyi and Daniel Lungu led all scorers with three goals apiece. Erdelyi extended his scoring streak to 16 consecutive matches while Lungu has registered a hat trick in the Tigers’ last two matches.
Five different player scores for Santa Clara and senior Michael Wishart tallied nine saves.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.