Top 10 Roundup
USC extends streak; Pacific, St. Francis (N.Y.) beat ranked foes
No. 1 Southern California 19, Claremont-M-S 2
No. 1 Southern California 21, Whittier 4
LA VERNE, Calif. -- Top-ranked USC grabbed another set of wins Sunday in wrapping up the Inland Empire Classic with victories against Claremont-M-S and Whittier. The Trojans (8-0) stay perfect on the year with their 19-2 win against the Stags and a 21-4 victory against the Poets.
The victories tack on to a 31-game win streak that USC carried into this 2013 campaign, giving the Trojans a current active win streak of 39 in a row.
The day began with a well-rounded effort against Claremont-M-S. The stingy Trojan defense kept the Stags' offense cool even in the hot sun as USC allowed only two goals in the game. The offense, meanwhile, clicked along in high gear. Nikola Vavic was the big winner on the offensive end, plugging in six goals in the match to lead a group of nine scoring Trojans. Kostas Genidounas and Rex Butler also registered hat tricks.
With Aleck Ryner manning the cage against Whittier, USC allowed only one first-half goal from the Poets. The Trojans had built up a 13-1 advantage by halftime and continued to roll, dumping in eight more goals before the final buzzer. Genidounias had the hottest hand in this one, delivering four goals to go along with hat tricks from Butler, Vavic and Connor Virjee.
No. 5 Pacific 25, No. 18 Navy 10
No. 5 Pacific 20, No. 16 Brown 4
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It was more smooth sailing for No. 5 Pacific on Sunday, as the Tigers posted a 25-10 win against No. 17 Navy at the Bruno Fall Invitational behind four goals each from seniors Balasz Erdelyi and Goran Tomasevic.
Junior Alex Obert and senior Kevin Oliveira each posted three goals, while sophomores Kristian Laczkovics and Casey Fleming, junior Sean Grady, senior Balasz Szabo and freshman Ben Stevenson each chipped in two. Sophomore Aleksandar Petrovic also got on the board with a goal as the Tigers turned in their highest scoring game of the season.
In the final game, the Tigers rolled No. 18 Brown 20-4. Pacific jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first quarter and blanked the Bears in the second quarter for a 11-1 lead at halftime. A seven-goal third quarter put the game away for Pacific.
No. 6 Long Beach State 13, Whittier 3
No. 6 Long Beach State 19, La Verne 1
LA VERNE, Calif. -- Long Beach State won its two games Sunday against Whitter and La Verne by a combined score of 32-4, responding to a tough day Saturday to send a message at the Inland Empire Classic.
The 49ers opened the day with a 13-3 win against Whitter. Leading 4-2 after the first quarter, the 49ers took a three-goal advantage leading into halftime at 6-3. The Long Beach State (7-1) defense stepped up for the rest of the way, holding Whittier scoreless in the second half as the 49ers pulled away, including five goals in the fourth quarter.
In the second game, Long Beach State's defensive dominance continued. La Verne scored their only goal of the game in the first quarter, but the 49ers still held the lead at 3-1. The 49ers poured it on the rest of the way to take a convincing 19-1 victory.
No. 9 UC Irvine 20, Occidental 4
No. 9 UC Irvine 25, Pomona-Pitzer 7
REDLANDS, Calif. --- Senior Bojan Hrlec scored a career-high seven goals to help lead UC Irvine to a 25-7 victory against Pomona-Pitzer at the Inland Empire Classic on Sunday.
With the win, the ninth-ranked 'Eaters capped their second conseuctive undefeated weekend in improving to 8-0 on the season.
Mitch Wise and Kyle Trush added four goals each for UCI. Alan Robertson, Larson Pfeil, Kyle Kittlitz and Pablo Carballo scored two apiece.
UCI led 7-3 after the first quarter and outscored the Sagehens 18-4 in the last three periods.
Earlier Sunday, the 'Eaters defeated Occidental 20-4 as UC Irvine scored the first nine goals of the game.
Brock Ivancovich and Bo de Lange scored a hat trick each while Pfeil, Kittlitz and Chris Swieca added a pair apiece.
Thirteen different UCI players scored at least one goal in the game. Dylan Peterson recorded six saves.
No. 10 St. Franics (N.Y.) 11, No. 16 Brown 9
No. 10 St. Francis (N.Y.) 11, No. 18 Navy 9
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Tenth-ranked St. Francis (N.Y.) defeated Brown and Navy on Sunday to improve to 5-3 on the season. The Terriers earned a comeback victory in the opener, defeating the host Bears 11-9, and then came back to defeat Navy by the same score later in the afternoon.
St. Francis trailed 3-0 and 7-4 against Brown but kept battling for a comeback victory. Vuk Vujosevic tallied three goals and added a pair of assists for a team-high five points. Bosko Stankovic (three steals) and Balint Toth also added three markers. Igor Mladenovic made seven saves and added three steals.
Lazar Komadinic factored on six goals in the victory against Navy, scoring three and adding three assists. Vujosevic (three steals) added three more tallies and a pair of assists. Mladenovic came up with 11 saves and four steals in the cage.