Top 10 Roundup
USC rolls by California Baptist, Loyola Marymount in openers
No. 1 Southern California 19, California Baptist 5
No. 1 Southern California 21, Loyola Marymount 7
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Southern California got a running start to its 2013 campaign as the owners of five consecutive national titles cruised through two opponents on the first day of the Triton Invitational. The two opening wins tack on to the Trojans' growing win streak, which now is up to 33 in a row dating back to USC's 2011 national championship run. USC kicked things off with a 19-5 win against California Baptist before delivering a 21-7 win against LMU.
Fifteen different Trojans tallied goals on the day, including the first of their careers for Nick Bell, Charlie McBee and Jon Walters.
The Trojans whipped up a 19-5 win in their season opener against California Baptist. The Lancers held tight to USC in the first frame, leveling things 2-2 after three minutes of action before USC's Jeremy Davie and Kostas Genidounias plugged in back-to-back goals to give USC a lift. The Lancers landed on more to make it 4-3, but USC responded with a run of eight consecutive goals that took the Trojans into halftime with a 12-3 advantage, thanks in part to first-half hat tricks from Davie and Nikola Vavic. USC would allow only a single goal in each of the next two frames while piling up a pair in the third and five more scores in the fourth quarter. By the final buzzer, the Trojans were enjoying a 19-5 victory on the hands of 11 different scorers. Davie and Vavic would lead the way with three apiece, joined by Genidounias, Mac Carden, Nick Bell and Charlie McBee with a pair each. In the win, Bell, McBee and Jon Walters all scored their first career goals as Trojans.
USC would go up against No. 12 Loyola Marymount for the second game of the day, and the Trojans stayed hot. USC would pile 13 goals onto an 8-4 halftime lead against the Lions. USC climbed out to a 3-0 lead on LMU and kept answering Lion strikes with Trojan scoring spurts to continue to build on the lead. USC delivered seven goals in the third period of play, including a pair apiece from Marc Vonderweidt and Ivan Kustic. With a 15-5 lead in their pockets for the fourth period, the Trojans upped the ante and scored six more in the final frame -- three of which came from Rex Butler -- to wrap up a 21-7 victory. Connor Virjee was next on the list in leading the Trojans, punching in three in the win.
No. 4 Califronia 21, Redlands 3
No. 4 California 13, UC San Diego 10
SAN DIEGO -- California went 2-0 during the first day of the Triton Invitational, defeating host UC San Diego 13-10 in a late afternoon match after beating Redlands 21-3 earlier in the day. Senior attacker Hunter Gettelfinger paced the Golden Bears with four goals against the Tritons, while junior goalie Jon Sibley had 14 saves.
Other top scorers for Cal against UC San Diego were senior Collin Smith and sophomores Thomas Agramonte and Mitchell Hamilton had two goals apiece.
Earlier, Smith’s four goals led the Bears in their big win against Redlands. Cal had 12 different players score in that match, including true freshmen Thomas Carroll and Chandler Jarrels-Stickney with three and two goals, respectively. Sibley finished with 10 saves, while senior goalie Michael Boggan had five saves.
No. 6 Long Beach State 10, No. 12 Air Force 8
No. 6 Long Beach State 10, Cal Lutheran 4
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- No. 6 Long Beach State opened up its season with a pair of victory, defeating No. 12 Air Force 10-8 in the opening match of the Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego. Sophomore Nolan McConnell led the 49ers with four goals, while Pavo Ljepopio made eight saves in his debut for Long Beach State.
Long Beach State finished the first day of the regular season 2-0 after a 10-4 victory against Cal Lutheran in the second game of the tournament.
Air Force (0-1) was able to get on the board first, but the teams remained tied after the first quarter 1-1. The Falcons held the lead at 3-2 after a Dominic Vicino goal in the second quarter with 1:34 remaining, but Devin Mefford answered on the next trip down the pool, and Patrick Goodenough scored with 19 seconds to play in the half to give the 49ers a 4-3 lead at the break.
The Falcons took the lead once more at 6:43 in the third quarter, scoring the first two goals of the second half, but Milos Vrzic scored the first of his two goals to even up the score once more at 5-5, and then McConnell pushed Long Beach State (1-0) in front twice more in the quarter. Air Force was able to answer once more and tied the score at 7-7 with the clock running out in the third.
The fourth quarter belonged to Long Beach State, however, as Vrzic gave the 49ers the lead once more, and after an equalizer from the Falcons, McConnell put Long Beach State up for good with 2:43 remaining. With an extra man, the 49ers put across an insurance goal with 28 seconds remaining and closed out the 10-8 victory.
Senior Carter Taylor led the 49ers with three goals in the win against Cal Lutheran, including two in the first quarter. Mefford also had three goals for Long Beach State, as the 49ers took an early lead against Cal Lutheran (0-2) and never looked back. Long Beach State (2-0) took a 1-0 lead with 6:51 remaining in the first period, and both Mefford and Taylor scored after that goal to pace the 49ers to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
The 49ers continued to hold CLU off of the board in a dominant first half defensive performance, while adding three more goals of their own to take a 6-0 lead into the second half.
Another goal from Taylor gave the 49ers a 7-0 lead before the Kingsmen scored with 5:09 in the third period to break the shutout. The 49ers scored three more goals from that point, however, while CLU scored two final goals in the fourth quarter to account for the final tally.
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara 20, La Verne 3
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara 17, Pomona-Pitzer 7
LOS ANGELES -- Seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara coasted past La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at the UCLA Invitational to open the season with a 2-0 record. The Gauchos posted a 20-3 victory against La Verne before securing a 17-7 win against Pomona-Pitzer.
The Gauchos began the first match with a 3-3 tie after the first quarter against the Leopards. Junior Eric Van de Mortel opened the second quarter with a goal to take the lead. From there, UC Santa Barbara tallied seven goals to take an 11-3 lead at half and kept the momentum going with nine second-half goals.
During the second game of the day, juniors Derek Shoemaker and Bryce Miller led the Gauchos with six goals apiece. Sophomore Chris Whitelegge totaled 13 saves to help the Gauchos on the defensive end. Five more Gauchos netted a goal to help the Gauchos towards their 17-7 win against Pomona-Pitzer.
No. 9 St. Francis (N.Y.) 10, Harvard 7
UC Irvine 13, No. 9 St. Francis (N.Y.) 7
Providence, R.I. -- The Srdjan Mihaljevic Era got off to a great start as St. Francis (N.Y.) won its season opener, defeating the Harvard Crimson 10-7 Saturday morning at Brown, but the Terriers fell 13-7 against UC Irvine in the nightcap.
Freshman Lazar Komadinic scored a match-high four goals in his Terriers debut and classmate Ilija Djuretic added two winners and seven steals.
Vuk Vujosevic, Liam Veazey, Luka Vukomanovic and Bosko Stankovic all found the back of the net. Senior goalie Igor Mladenovic as he turned away 22 Harvard attempts on goal.
UC Irvine was too strong for St. Francis in the second match of the day. Andras Kovacs scored a pair of goals to lead the scoring attack.