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No. 4 Stanford 19, UC Davis 5

STANFORD, Cal. -- Stanford went on a 12-goal run to open up Sunday’s contest against UC Davis en route to a 19-5 win at Avery Aquatic Center.

Alex Bowen led the fourth-ranked Cardinal (12-4) with five goals in the win, scoring four of those in the team’s five-goal second period. Bret Bonanni scored four times, Griffin Bolan and Forrest Watkins each had hat tricks, Adam Abdulhamid scored twice while Reid Chase and Paul Rudolph added a goal apiece.

Scott Platshon started in goal for the Cardinal, going the distance and making seven saves.

UC Davis fell to 7-10 on the year with the loss.

Stanford essentially put the game away with seven goals in the first period on the way to a 12-0 game-opening run. Watkins started the assault after 49 seconds elapsed, grabbing and threw home in one motion for the opener. That goal was followed 37 seconds later with Bowen’s first, and Bret Bonanni scored at the 5:52 and 5:20 marks to make it 4-0. Watkins added a goal at 4:13 to up the lead to 5-0, and the period concluded with Abdulhamid and Rudolph finding the net to complete the seven-goal barrage.

Bowen scored the first four goals of the second period for the Cardinal and with a minute left in the half Abdulhamid upped the lead to 12-0. UC Davis would finally break the shutout early in the third period as Chris Richardson lobbed home from deep, getting it over the outstretched fingertips of Platshon.

Bonanni would answer Richardson with a pair of goals and Reid Chase would add one on the power play to make it 15-1 before Trevor Allen tallied a second for the Aggies.

Each team would score twice in the fourth period to provide the final score line.

No. 5 California 12, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 9

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Led by three goals apiece from sophomore Mitchell Hamilton and junior Aleksa Saponjic, No. 5 California defeated No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 12-9 on Sunday in an Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tilt. With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 12-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

It was the second victory in a row for Cal against the Gauchos. The Bears had defeated UCSB 11-3 last weekend in the fifth-place match of the SoCal Invitational in Irvine, Cal. Besides the three goals from Hamilton and Saponjic, senior Hunter Gettelfinger added two goals. Blake Kelly, Farrel South, Collin Smith and Giacomo Cupido also scored for Cal, while junior goalie Jon Sibley finished with five saves.

“UC Santa Barbara is a tough place to play,” Cal head coach Kirk Everist said. “It was a solid team effort for us. Mitchell Hamilton stepped up on the offensive end with a hat trick, which was great to see. We need to improve, but we are definitely happy with the win.”

Santa Barbara dropped to 14-5 and 1-1 in the MPSF.

No. 9 Pepperdine 12, Air Force 7

MALIBU, Calif. – No. 9 Pepperdine shook off a slow start and secured a 12-7 victory against Air Force in non-conference action Sunday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The Waves (8-7) trailed 5-4 at the half before limiting the Falcons (5-9) to single goals in the third and fourth quarters in the first meeting between the two teams since 2005.

Pepperdine took a 3-1 lead in the first before Air Force pulled to within a goal, finding the back of the net with 12 seconds left. The Waves made it 4-2 in the second on a goal by Luke Hewko, but then the Falcons went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-4 lead at the intermission.

It was all Waves from there as they outscored Air Force 8-2 in the second half to secure their fifth consecutive win in the all-time series. Pepperdine owns a 34-4 overall edge against the Falcons.

Nicholas Candau turned in a hat trick in the fourth quarter. Danny White chipped in two goals with an assist and a match-high four steals, while Hewko finished with two goals and an assist. Austin Miller was active with a pair of goals and three steals. Marko Madaras added a goal, three assists and a steal for the Waves. All-American goalkeeper Bence Valics recorded seven saves with a steal.

Andrew Hamilton and Dominic Vicino each had a pair of goals for the Falcons. Caleb Guarino made nine saves for Air Force.