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The Gauchos score two wins

No. 1 UCLA 15, No. T11 Princeton 3

LOS ANGELES -- Top-ranked UCLA improved to 14-0 on the season with a 15-3 win against No. 11 Princeton (8-3) on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Center. Freshman Lovre Milos and senior Lucas Reynolds each scored hat tricks for UCLA as nine different Bruins scored.

The Bruins struck first when Reynolds scored from set at the 7:32 mark of the first period. Reynolds scored again from set with 3:32 left in the first period. Drew Hoffenberg scored a power play goal with 3:01 to go to end the scoring with UCLA leading 2-1 at the end of the first.

The Bruins were better on power plays in the nightcap, going 5-for-9 while Princeton was 2-for-9. Neither team attempted a penalty shot.

Danner played the first three and one-half quarters in the cage for UCLA and was credited with 13 saves while allowing three goals. Junior Stephen White played the final 5:28 of the fourth period, pitching a shutout while recording two saves. Alex Gow played the first three quarters in goal for Princeton and had seven saves while surrendering eight goals. Dearborn played the fourth quarter in the cage for the Tigers and registered two saves while allowing seven goals.

No. 2 Southern California 22, No. T11 Princeton 4

LOS ANGELES -- In a day that saw 13 different Trojans hit the back of the net, it was the defense that stole the show for No. 2 USC in its home openers on Saturday. In fact, it was a knack for steals that helped USC rack up goals as the Trojans piled up a 22-4 win against Princeton and then a 23-2 win against Whittier in a busy morning at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. USC improves to 12-1 overall with the two wins.

USC extended its overall home winning streak out to 30 in a row. The doubleheader began with a bout against No. 11 Princeton, which came into the game with an unblemished 6-0 record on the year. Things were quiet for the first four minutes of the morning matchup, but the Trojans warmed up and starting the scoring soon after Connor Virjee nabbed a steal.

Jovan Jeremic would finish the day with a hat trick for the Tigers, but USC would group four Trojans into that same category by the final buzzer. After eight different Trojans accounted for USC's first eight goals of the day, Zach Lucas, Nikola Vavic and Kostas Genidounias would each add two more in the second half to get to hat tricks in the game. Mace Rapsey turned on his scoring touch in the second half, finishing off a USC counterattack with a score that closed the third frame with USC up 14-4. In the fourth frame, Rapsey would join that trio of Trojans in adding two more scores to round out his hat trick. 

Princeton managed two goals in the second period as Jeremic went back-to-back to make it 10-4 on the scoreboard. But USC answered with a 12-goal scoring surge with help from Jeremy Davie, Marc Vonderweidt and Mac Carden joining in the scoring onslaught as the Trojans wrapped the game as a 22-4 USC win with Trojan goalie James Clark going the distance for 10 saves.

No. 2 Southern California 23, Whittier 2

LOS ANGELES -- The Trojans would have only a short break to regroup and turn their attention to Whittier. The momentum gathered from the 12-goal run with which they finished the Princeton match saw the Trojans stay hot for their startup against the Poets. USC rattled off 11 consecutive goals out of the gates versus Whittier, thanks in part to four goals scored in the first three minutes of the game. Vavic nailed the first two, followed by a solo shot from Genidounias -- who would finish with four goals in the game -- and then a slick cross from Virjee to Nick Bell for the finish and a 4-0 USC lead. Virjee, Genidounias and Jeremy Davie would stay dangerous during the surge, which was capped at 11-0 by a 5-meter penalty shot earned by Davie and converted by Vonderweidt. Whittier got on the board with a 6-on-5 strike by Nicolas Beavers, and the first half was rounded out with USC ahead 11-1. Aleck Ryner had ruled the cage for that first half, making six saves before giving way to Paul Mitre for the second half. Both goalies would allow just a single Poet goal during their service, while the Trojans defense aided the cause by nabbing takeaway after takeaway.

In the second half, Ivan Kustic and Mac Carden both amassed hat tricks for the Trojan cause as USC finished the game with 11 different scorers. Genidounias led the way with his four, followed by Vavic with his second hat trick of the day and Kustic and Carden's three-goal efforts.

No. 4 California 14, No. 13 UC Davis 4

No. 4 California 20, No. 18 Redlands 8

DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior Colin Smith scored nine total goals while sophomores Colin Mulcahy and Thomas Argamonte each scored five as No. 4 California won a pair of games at the Aggie Shootout on Saturday.

Smith scored two goals in the first period during a 14-4 victory against No. 13 UC Davis. The Bears (8-2) led 4-0 after the first period and rolled to the win. Smith finished with four goals overall against the Aggies.

Cal’s matchup against Redlands was close after the first quarter, but the Bears then pulled away for a 20-8 victory. The Bears led 6-5 heading into the second period, but Smith scored twice in the period and Cal established an 11-6 halftime advantage. The Bears scored six more goals in the third quarter, including two each by Mulcahy and Chandler Jarrels-Stickney, to take command.

Cal goalkeeper Jon Sibley made 16 saves in the win against UC Davis and 20 overall on the day.

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 11, No. 14 UC San Diego 7

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 16, Navy 7

SAN DIEGO -- No. 6 UC Santa Barbara started Saturday with a win against No. 14 UC San Diego 11-7 and later gained another victory against Navy 16-7.

The Gauchos took on UC San Diego in their first game of the day. UCSB opened the game with two goals from junior Derek Shoemaker and sophomore Nicholas Jordan in less than two minutes of play. The Tritons quickly came back with two goals of their own to tie the game 2-2 with 5:10 left in the first quarter. UCSB was able to score three more goals to the Tritons' two to take the lead 5-4 after the first period.

UC Santa Barbara opened the second period with three consecutive goals. Sophomore Chris Whitelegge was able to keep UCSD to one goal in the second quarter, helping the Gauchos on the defensive end. UCSB scored three goals in the second half, ultimately leading to their 11-7 win against UC San Diego.

Coming off an earlier victory against UC San Diego, the Gauchos came out ready to play against Navy. Nicholas Jordan opened the game with a quick goal for the Gauchos. Both teams went back and forth with goals, ending the first quarter tied 3-3.

UCSB started the second period fired up, scoring three goals to take the lead 6-3 after the first half. The Gauchos opened the second half with three consecutive goals before Navy was able to sneak two goals in. Navy was able to score two more goals, but it wasn't enough as the Gauchos cruised to a 16-7 victory.