No. 3 Cal dives past No. 6 Pacific
Roundup: No. 1 USC defeats No. 8 UC Irvine 7-4
STOCKTON, Calif. -- No. 3-ranked California was paced by senior Ivan Rackov's four goals as the Golden Bears secured an 8-6 victory against No. 6 Pacific Saturday in a non-conference match at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton. Cal improved to 6-1 season and will be playing the Tigers (4-3) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match in Berkeley on Nov. 11.
Rackov, the 2010 National Player of the Year, now has 29 goals in seven matches - first in the MPSF with 4.1 goals per game. He scored the Bears' first two goals as Cal jumped out to a 2-1 advantage after the first period. Rackov then sealed the contest with two of Cal's four goals in the fourth period. Senior Luka Saponjic and sophomore Giacomo Cupido also scored goals for the Bears in the fourth period. Saponjic added five assists to lead Cal.
Junior goalie Justin Parsons finished with seven saves, including four blocks in the fourth period. Senior Zach Greenwood and junior Marin Balarin also scored for the Bears.
No. 1 USC 7, No. 8 UC Irvine 4
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- No. 1 USC stayed in defensive control in today's MPSF opener against visiting No. 8 UC Irvine at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Anteaters would work to within one goal while the USC offense lulled, but the Trojans closed things out with a push to the end for a 7-4 victory. USC now holds a 6-0 overall record and is 1-0 in MPSF action.
UC Irvine was a familiar foe for the Trojans, who had faced and beaten the Anteaters last weekend at the NorCal Tournament. In Saturday's conference collision, UCI got a powerful performance from goalie Jimmy Friedrich -- a former Trojan who is finishing out his remaining eligibility as a master's student at UC Irvine. Friedrich collected 14 saves for the Anteaters defense, slowing USC's offensive production enough to keep things close early in the second half. USC had surged to a 3-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, but Friedrich turned away several USC shots that would have padded the lead. Meanwhile, the Anteaters closed to make 3-2 in the second frame before some slick passing broke a hole for the Trojans as Kosta Genidounias hit Peter Kurzeka for his second goal of the day to boost USC ahead 4-2 for halftime.
No. 3 UCLA 11, No. 11 Loyola Marymount 7
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- No. 11 LMU found themselves in yet another tight one with a ranked opponent, this time it was second-ranked UCLA at the Burns Center Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins (7-1) broke open a tight one by outscoring the Lions 5-1 in the third quarter to claim an 11-7 victory against the Lions (5-3) in non-conference action.
Senior Edgaras Asajavicius led the Lions with three goals while UCLA's Paul Reynolds led all scorers with four.
Sophomore Jon Colton got the scoring started with a 6-on-5 goal with 6:14 to play. After a pair of UCLA goals, the Lions would score three unanswered, including Joe Ferretti's with 2:49 left in the first half to give LMU a 4-2 lead.
UCLA would then take over, outscoring the Lions 9-1 from the end of the second quarter through the fourth quarter. Six of the nine goals came on the counter, and it was capped by Josh Samuels' second goal with 6:17 to play in the game that gave the Bruins an 11-5 lead.
Asajavicius and Albert Samuels would score down the stretch for the final margin.
No. 9 UC Davis 13, Chapman 5
No. 9 UC Davis 12, Redlands 4
DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior center Aaron Salit scored three goals in a 13-5 win against Chapman then three different Aggies each tallied two scores in a 12-4 victory over Redlands, helping UC Davis sweep its second day of action at the Aggie Shootout men's collegiate water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday.
The ninth-ranked Aggies have now won six in a row, improving to 11-3 for the year.
Salit's hat trick led 10 UC Davis scorers in the morning win against the Panthers. His first goal began a run of six unanswered, allowing the Aggies to forge a 7-1 halftime lead. The returning All-American also netted a pair of natural goals late in the third to complete his hat trick.
Freshman Matt Manchenton posted a pair of goals for the Aggies, while senior Kevin Peat recorded 10 total saves -- including three on Chapman 6-on-5 chances.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.