STANFORD, Calif. -- Fifth-seeded St. Francis Brooklyn defense held No. 4 seed UC San Diego to just one goal in the second half of Thursday's NCAA play-in game as the Terriers captured a 6-5 win at Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford. St. Francis Brooklyn goalie Igor Mladenovic made 10 saves in the contest, including a pair of five-meter penalty stops in the first half.
Ilija Djuretic led the Terriers with a hat trick, as his five-meter penalty shot with 6:39 remaining proved to be the winner. Tommy Friedrich led UC San Diego with a pair of goals while Triton goalie Cameron Ravanbach made 17 saves.
The Terriers (23-10) advance to Saturday's semifinal round where they will face No. 1 USC at 1 p.m. UC San Diego ends the season with a record of 14-14.