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No. 2 Southern California downs No. 5 California in MPSF play

BERKELEY, Calif. -- In a battle between two legendary programs in front of a packed Spieker Aquatics Complex, No. 5 California fell to No. 2-ranked Southern California 11-9 on Saturday in an MPSF contest.

The Golden Bears, led by two goals apiece from senior Hunter Gettelfinger and sophomore Colin Mulcahy, had tied the contest 8-8 on a goal by Gettlefinger with 41 seconds left in the third period. Unfortunately for Kirk Everist’s squad, they were outscored 3-1 in the final period to fall to the five-time defending national champion Trojans.

Cal dropped to 14-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play, while USC improved to 21-2 and 3-1 in the MPSF. The Bears were the last team to defeat the Trojans in the national championship match, unending USC in both the 2006 (8-7) and 2007 (8-6) NCAA final.

Both goalies had several saves on the day. Bear junior Jon Sibley finished with 14 saves, while Trojan senior James Clark finished with 10 saves.

No. 2 UCLA 9, No. 8 Long Beach State 5

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- No. 2 UCLA posted a 9-5 win at No. 8 Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins improved to 24-2 overall and 4-1 in the MPSF while the 49ers dropped to 18-9 overall and 1-4 in the league.

The Bruins dominated the first quarter, jumping out to a  3-0 lead on three power plays. Lucas Reynolds scored the first goal at the 5:54 mark of the first period. Junior Chris Fahlsing made it 2-0 with a 6-on-5 opportunity and then senior Chris Wendt capped the scoring in the opening stanza with an exclusion goal.

Zacchary Kappos got the 49ers on the board with a goal from the front court. Then freshman Lovre Milos scored on a counter attack to put the Bruins up 4-1. Kappos scored his second of the game for LBSU on a power play to trim the lead to 4-2. Paul Reynolds ended the scoring in the first half with a counter-strike to give the Bruins a 5-2 lead at the break.

The 49ers won the third period scoring two goals while holding the Bruins to just one. Milos Vrzic scored a goal from the front court to trim the lead to 5-3. Then Dimitrios Lappas cut the lead to one with an exclusion goal at the 4:07 mark of the third period. Lucas Reynolds extended the lead to 6-4 with a goal from set to end the scoring in the third.

The Bruins put the game away with three consecutive goals to open the fourth quarter.

No. 4 Stanford, Chapman

ORANGE, Calif. -- Freshman Jackson Kimbell scored four goals to pace 12 different Stanford goal scorers as the fourth-ranked Cardinal cruised to the 24-7 win at Chapman on Saturday.

Stanford ran its winning streak to six and will aim to close the weekend 3-for-3 Sunday afternoon when it takes on No. 7 Long Beach State in an MPSF contest.

In addition to Kimbell’s four goals Adam Abdulhamid and Paul Rudolph each posted hat tricks, Bret Bonanni, Alex Bowen, Reid Chase, Conner Cleary and Kyle Weikert scored twice apiece and single goals were scored by Griffin Bolan, Nick Hoversten, Adam Warmoth and Charlie Wiser.

Scott Platshon got the call in the cage Saturday and made nine saves in the contest.