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NorCal Tournament continues

No. 2 UCLA 6, No. 4 California 5

BERKELEY, Calif. -- In a battle between two of the top teams, No. 4-ranked California fell to No. 2-ranked UCLA 6-5 in the semifinals of the NorCal Invitational on Sunday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. 

The Bears had owned a 1-0 lead after the first period on a shot by Farrel South with 1:37 left in the period. UCLA rattled off two goals early in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, but Cal was able to tie the contest at 2-2 with a score at 5:42 left in the half.

Unfortunately for Cal, the Bruins’ Jack Fellner score with 3:46 in the second period to give UCLA a 3-2 halftime lead. South scored his second goal of the match at 3:39 in the third period to tie the game at 3-3 but again UCLA jumped ahead, this time on Lucas Reynolds' goal with 1:12 in the third period.

Sophomore two-meter man Max Schell tied the contest at 4-4 with an inside goal with 6:52 in the fourth quarter, however UCLA went on a 2-0 run with a goal by Daniel Lenhart (5:55) and a goal by Anthony Daboub (4:29), to put the Bruins up 6-4 and put the game out of reach.

No. 3 Pacific 21, No. 10 Pepperdine 6

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Pacific took out its frustration from falling into the consolation bracket on No. 10 Pepperdine on Sunday morning with a 21-6 victory at the NorCal Tournament.

Senior Goran Tomasevic and sophomore Kristian Laczkovics each posted four goals for Pacific.

The Tigers will face UC Santa Barbara in the fifth-place game.

Pacific (8-1) jumped picked up three goals in the first quarter as junior Alex Obert, senior Balazs Szabo and senior Balazs Erdelyi gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead after one period.

The Tigers blitz the Waves in the second quarter, outscoring Pepperdine 8-1 in the frame for an 11-2 lead at halftime. Tomasevic and senior Kevin Oliveira each tallied twice in the quarter, with Kristian Laczkovics, Andres Oneto, Balazs Szabo and Casey Fleming all finding the back of the net.

Pacific pitched a shutout in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 17-2 before coasting home with the 21-6 victory. Sophomore Aleksandar Petrovic picked up two goals in the final two quarters, while Erdelyi, Szabo, and freshman Ben Stevenson each tacked a goal.

Junior Chris Hughes got the start in goal for the Tigers and recorded seven saves.

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 5, No. 9 Long Beach State 4

BERKELEY, Calif. -- In a late fourth-quarter comeback, No. 9 Long Beach State tied the game with No. 6 UC Santa Barbara at 4-4. However, Matt Gronow of the Gauchos scored in the closing seconds to hand the 49ers a 5-4 loss.

UC Santa Barbara opened up the game by scoring a goal in the first possession and opened up a quick 2-0 lead. The 49ers defense stiffened at that point, holding the Gauchos scoreless for the rest of the period, while Nolan McConnell got the 49ers on the board in the final minute.

The teams traded goals late in the second quarter, as Milos Vrzic pulled the 49ers back within one goal at 3-2. Only UCSB scored in the third quarter, one goal from Eric Van de Mortel as the Gauchos regained the lead at 4-2.

With four minutes left in the fourth quarter Vrzic scored again, and Devin Mefford found the net on the next possession to tie the game at 4-4.

No. 7 UC Irvine 12, No. 12 UC Davis 11

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. -- Freshman Kyle Trush scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 1:01 left in overtime to lift UC Irvine past UC Davis 12-11 in the NorCal Tournament on Sunday.

Trush's goal gave the 'Eaters (10-1) a 12-10 lead before Austin Beckwith of UC Davis closed out the scoring with 40 seconds remaining in the second three-minute overtime period.

Trush scored with 52 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime at 10-10.

Mitch Wise scored his fifth goal of the day with 2:41 left in the first overtime session to give UCI an 11-10 lead before Trush followed with the game-winner in the second extra period.

Alan Robertson also scored a pair of goals for the 'Eaters in the back-and-forth game.

UCI led 7-6 at halftime but the Aggies forged ahead 9-8 following the third period.

Wise tied the game at 9-9 early in the fourth quarter but UC Davis' Teddy Nicholson put the Aggies ahead at the 4:53 mark, setting up the equalizer by Trush late in regulation.