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No. 5 Stanford tops Pacific in overtime

No. 1 Southern California 18, Diablo Valley 5
No. 1 Southern California 9, No. 10 Pepperdine 4

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Top-ranked USC tallied wins against Diablo Valley and Pepperdine in the opening day of competition at the NorCal Tournament on Saturday, improving to 9-0 on the season and advancing to the winner's bracket of the tournament.

With two wins on Saturday, the Trojans add on to a 31-game win streak that USC carried into this 2013 campaign, giving the Trojans a current active win streak of 41 in a row.

Redshirt junior Ivan Kustic and junior Marc Vonderweidt led the Trojans with four goals apiece on the day. All four of Kustic's goals came in game one versus Diablo Valley, while Vonderwiedt had a hat trick against Diablo Valley and added a fourth goal against Pepperdine.

In game one, the Trojans took care of business, topping Diablo Valley, 18-5. The team posted six goals in the first quarter and never trailed. Jeremy Davie led the way with two goals in the first quarter, while Kustic tallied a team-high four goals. The Trojan defense held strong in front of three different goalkeepers in James Clark, Aleck Ryner and Paul Mitre. In the fourth quarter, the Trojans held DVC scoreless, while adding four goals on of their own.

After the game one victory, the Trojans advanced to face No. 10 Pepperdine, which upset No. 7 UC Irvine in its first game. The Trojans got out to an early 2-0 lead after the first period, as goalkeeper Clark and the defense held the Waves scoreless. In the second quarter the Trojans got a big lift from Mace Rapsey, who put away two goals to put the Trojans ahead 5-2 heading into the break. In the third, the Trojans again held the Waves scoreless, while tacking on three more goals to take a commanding 8-2 lead. In the final quarter, the Waves put two more on the board, but a goal from Marc Vonderweidt at the 6:45 mark in the final period put the game away, 9-4.

No. 2 UCLA 17, No. 16 Concordia (Calif.) 4

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Second-ranked UCLA improved to 8-0 on the season with a 17-4 win against No. 16 Concordia in the first game of the NorCal Invitational. Sophomore Danny McClintick and freshmen Ryder Roberts, Chancellor Ramirez and Jack Fellner each completed hat tricks in the win.

The Bruins got on the board first when McClintick scored on a counter attack at the 5:56 mark of the first period. After Concordia tied it at 1-1 with a power play goal (4:31), senior Lucas Reynolds put the Bruins up 2-1 with a six-on-five score with 3:57 to go in the first.

No. 2 UCLA 10, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 4

BERKELEY, Calif. -- UCLA improved to 9-0 on the season with a 10-4 win against No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (6-1) Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the NorCal Invitational. Junior Paul Reynolds completed a hat trick to lead the Bruins.

UCLA controlled the action in the first period, scoring the only goal on a counter attack by Reynolds at the 3:53 mark.

Senior Paul Pickell opened the second period with a nice drive and finish to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead (6:49). Reynolds then converted a penalty shot to extend UCLA's lead to 3-0 with 4:05 to go in the second.

After UCSB scored on a power play (3:27), the Bruins reeled off two more goals before the half. Freshman Ryder Roberts scored an exclusion goal to make it 4-1 (1:13) and Reynolds completed his hat trick with a front court goal with :23 to go to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead at the break.

No. 3 Pacific 21, No. 15 Santa Clara 9

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Third-ranked Pacific posted a 21-9 win against Santa Clara in the first round of the NorCal Tournament behind four goals each from seniors Andres Oneto and Goran Tomasevic.

Pacific (6-0) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and pulled away with a seven-goal outburst in the second for a 11-4 lead at halftime. The Tigers defense clamped down, holding Santa Clara to one goal in the third quarter, taking a 16-5 lead into the final frame. The Tigers cruised home from there, with a five-goal period.

No. 4 California 17, No. 20 Air Force 8

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California (5-0) dominated its opening match of the NorCal Invitational, defeating Air Force 17-8 on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Other top scorers for the Bears against the Falcons were senior Collin Smith, junior Graham Nesbit, junior Chris Daniel, freshman Farrell South and freshman Chandler Jarrels-Stickney with two goals apiece.

Cal had 10 different players score. Senior goalie Michael Boggan finished with five saves, while Nesbit paced the Bears with three steals.

No. 4 California 15, No. 9 Long Beach State 10

BERKLEY, Calif. -- Long Beach State outscored the No. 4 Golden Bears down the stretch, but couldn't overcome a slow start in a 15-10 loss to California in the second match of the NorCal Tournament for both squads. Dimitrios Lappas scored three goals to lead the 49ers.

Long Beach State (8-2) fell behind early as California (6-0), led by Aleksa Saponjic, took a 4-1 lead against the 49ers in the first period. The 49ers picked up goals from Carter Taylor and Conner Reilly in the second quarter, but ultimately trailed 8-3 going into the second half.

California struck first again in the second half, but a goal from Nolan McConell got the 49ers going, as the team scored seven goals in the second half. That included five in the final period, including a pair from Lappas coming down the stretch.

No. 5 Stanford 17, No. 12 UC Davis 5

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Stanford opened the NorCal Tournament with a 17-5 win against No. 12 UC Davis in the morning. The Cardinal jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the opening 4:08 against the Aggies. Bonanni opened the scoring 43 seconds into the contest with Churnside doubling the lead 21 seconds later. Churnside would net his second with 5:29 to go in the period and then Alex Bowen got on the board with 3:52 on the clock to make it 4-0.

Mark Coufal got the Aggies on the board less than a minute later, and the teams traded goals between Reid Chase and Bernie Rogers to end the frame with the Cardinal in front, 5-2.

Rogers got UC Davis to within a pair at 5-3 just more than a minute into the second period, but that would end up being as close as the Aggies got all day. Kimbell and Bonanni went back-to-back to get the lead to four at 7-3, and Coufal and Kimbell traded goals before the end of the frame to make it 8-4 Stanford at the break.

Stanford broke the game open in the third period, scoring six times while holding UC Davis to just one goal through the eight minutes. Bonanni scored the first two of the first three goals of the half, sandwiching a goal from Bowen, to start a 5-0 Cardinal run which also included goals from Kimbell and Griffin Bolan. After UC Davis got its goal Bolan re-established the nine-goal cushion before the end of the frame.

No. 5 Stanford 9, No. 3 Pacific 8, OT

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Pacific was nipped in overtime by No. 5 Stanford in the quarterfinals of the NorCal Tournament, 9-8, Saturday at Diablo Valley College.

The Tigers (6-1) were led by Balasz Erdelyi's three goals, while Kevin Oliveira and Alex Obert each chipped in two. But the Cardinal tallied the only goal of extra time to hand Pacific its' first loss.

Pacific found themselves trailing for the first time in the match, 7-6, on a goal by SU's Bret Bonanni. But Erdelyi finished a penalty shot with 2:45 to tie the game at 7-7, and then gave the Tigers the lead with 1:51 remaining as he ripped home a long shot for an 8-7 advantage.

But Bonanni forced overtime with 37 seconds left, as his shot found the net after changing direction off the defense. Neither side could take the lead in the first overtime period, but with 1:17 remaining, Watkins posted the game winner.

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 16, No. 11 UC San Diego 7

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Gauchos continued their 2013-2014 season as No. 6 UC Sandta Barbara took on No. 11 UC San Diego in their first game of the day. UCSB opened the first quarter with three goals in three minutes to take the lead. The Gauchos were able to score three more goals to end the first quarter up 6-0. From there, UCSB kept the Tritons scoreless until half, ending the second quarter up 10-0. The Gauchos never looked back, and ultimately cruised to a 16-7 win against the Tritons with an impressive six goals from senior Matt Gronow.

The Gauchos are now 6-1 on the season with one game left to play in the 2013 NorCal Invitational.

No. 7 UC Irvine 10, Diablo Valley 9

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Mitch Wise scored three goals and a trio of other UC Irvine players scored two apiece as the 'Eaters defeated Diablo Valley 10-9 in the NorCal Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Pleasant Hill.


Bojan Hrlec, Jacob Mourer and Jared Osborn each notched a pair of goals for UCI while Alex Kazmier had eight saves in goal.

UCI outscored the Vikings 5-1 in the second quarter to take an 8-4 halftime lead.

Since DVC is a community college, the game does not count on UCI's official record.

No. 8 Loyola Marymount 12, No. 20 Air Force 11

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Eighth-ranked Loyola Marymount defeated Air Force in its second game of the NorCal Invitational. In the match-up between the Western Water Polo Association rivals, the teams played even for the first two quarters, sitting at 2-2 after one and 5-5 at the break.

The second half started the same way with the teams trading the first four goals and with the scored sitting at 7-7, the Falcons, the defending WWPAchamps, scored back-to-back goals on consecutive possessions to build a 9-7 lead with 3:42 to play.

LMU would then erupt for four consecutive goals in the final 3:18 to tie the game and then take an 11-9 lead heading into the fourth quarter. McGee scored the first two goals of the run, followed by Ferretti scoring a pair, the first with 1:36 to play and then again with 50 seconds to go in the quarter.

Air Force would cut the lead to 11-10 to start the fourth quarter, but Mitrovic would added another for the Lions for a key two-goal lead with 4:42 to play. The Falcons would cut it to one again with 2:57 to play but the Lions' defense would hold down the stretch for the one-goal win.

No. 9 Long Beach State 13, No. 8 Loyola Marymount 9

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Long Beach State opened up the NorCal Tournament with a win, taking down Loyola Marymount 13-9 in the team's first of four games this weekend.

Zacchary Kappos led the 49ers with five goals against the Lions.

Carter Taylor helped the 49ers hold even with LMU in the first quarter, scoring a pair of goals as the 49ers got off to a hot start. Loyola Marymount (2-4) fell behind 2-0 to the Long Beach State, but eventually took its only lead of the day at 4-3 on a goal from Matt Stipanovich.

The 49ers answered back with a goal from Devin Mefford, and tied the game heading into the second quarter.

No. 10 Pepperdine 8, No. 7 UC Irvine 6

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Pepperdine trailed UC Irvine 3-1 after the opening period, but outscored the Anteaters 7-3 the rest of the way to seize victory in the opening round of the NorCal Tournament at Diablo Valley College.

Luke Hewko had a hat trick for the Waves, while Marko Madaras and Danny White both had a pair of goals. Pepperdine’s defense did a strong job, allowing UC Irvine just one goal per period after absorbing three tallies in the first. Bence Valics collected the win, recording a season-high 14 saves.

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