Behind Erdelyi's five goals, No. 3 Pacific downs No. 18 Bucknell 18-8
STOCKTON, Calif. -- Senior Balazs Erdelyi turned in five goals as the No. 3 Pacific thumped No. 18 Bucknell 18-8 on Friday night.
Pacific improves to 15-2 on the season, and a perfect 9-0 against teams outside the MPSF.
Senior Goran Tomasevic and sophomore Kristian Laczkovics each added three goals while seven other Tigers tallied in the contest: seniors Kevin Oliveira and Fabian Torres Camacho, juniors Alex Obert and Eric Marsh, sophomore Casey Fleming, redshirt freshman J.T. Sarmento and freshman Michael Woodbury.
Junior Chris Hughes recorded eight second-half saves for Pacific, while senior Alex Malkis posted six in the first half for the Tigers.
Erdelyi got Pacific on the board with 6:40 left in the first quarter, off the long outlet pass from Malkis. The duo combined again just a minute later for a 2-0 lead, but Bucknell answered to trim the margin to one.
Pacific played up-tempo offensively, as Obert quickly tallied in transition, and after a goal by Laczkovics, Tomasevic and Erdelyi each scored from the doorstep. Tomasevic added another before Pacific closed the first quarter with a 7-2 lead.
In the second quarter, both defenses locked down for the first four minutes before Tomasevic broke through for an 8-2 lead. Bucknell answered as Stefan Aleksic tallied from inside the five meter.
Oliveira broke out ahead of the pack and tallied on the break, and Fleming added a goal from five meters out as Pacific stretched the lead to 10-3. Erdelyi capped the first-half scoring with a lob shot on a breakaway with 35 seconds left in the half.
Malkis recorded six saves in the first half, before giving way to Hughes. Bucknell also swapped keepers at halftime with Patrick McKenzie in for Keegan Williams.
Marsh registered his first goal of the season as the Tigers rotated in their bench in the second half.
Erdelyi added insult to injury rifling in the final goal of the third quarter with a shot from 22 meters away with five seconds left.
Laczkovics and J.T. Sarmento posted fourth quarter goals, and Woodbury put Pacific up 10 with his first goal of the year. After Bucknell's response, Torres Camacho found the back of the net for his first goal as the Tigers cruised to their 15th victory of the season.
Erdelyi's five goals give him 249 for his career, as he moved into fourth on Pacific's all-time scoring list.