MPSF Coasts on Opening Day

Thomas Dunstan, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
Sept. 2, 2017

Recap by UCLA Sports Information

LOS ANGELES -- The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins (1-0) opened the 2017 season with a 16-5 win over No. 18 Pomona-Pitzer (0-1) on Saturday morning at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center. The game was the first of five on the day of the UCLA Invitational.

Freshman Quinten Osborne led the Bruins with three goals while redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alex Wolf registered one save in the first half while allowing two scores and sophomore Jonathan Van De Velde tallied seven saves while surrendering three scores in the second half.

Mark Hallman gave the Sagehens their only lead of the game with a power play strike (7:06) to make it 1-0. Freshman Luke Henriksson tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal of his own (6:43) on the Bruins' next possession. That started a stretch of nine unanswered goals for UCLA. Senior Matt Farmer gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with a goal at set (5:57) and freshman Nicolas Saveljic extended the lead to 3-1 with a 6-on-5 score (4:50). Another power play goal for the Bruins followed when junior Warren Snyder found the back of the cage (2:58) and senior Alex Roelse would add a score from the front court (0:32) to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead after one period.

Freshman Evan Rosenfeld opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from two meters (7:31) and junior David Stiling would score on a nice drive (6:01) to make it 7-1. UCLA then pushed the lead to 9-1 with back-to-back exclusion goals. The first was by freshman Chasen Travisano (4:06) and the second by Osborne (1:23). After a power play goal by Pomona-Pitzer's Joseph Schafer (0:47) made it 9-2, Osborne netted his second of the game from two meters (0:35) to give the Bruins a 10-2 lead at the break.

Sophomore Eric Goldenberg opened the third with a power play goal (6:36) to give UCLA an 11-2 advantage. But the Sagehens scored two in a row to cut the deficit to 11-4. The Bruins regrouped and scored the last four goals of the period to take a 15-4 lead into the fourth. Sophomore James Vlachonassios scored from the front court (4:21) and then Osborne completed his hat trick with a goal at set (3:30) to make it 13-4. Travisano scored his second of the game on a strike from the front court (2:04) and Sophomore Raphael Raede added a power play goal (0:19) to push the lead to 15-4.

In a low-scoring quarter, Riley Mangan scored a goal at two meters (5:10) to cut the Bruins' lead to 15-5. Junior Kent Inoue scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity to provide the 16-5 final.

The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins (2-0) defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-2) 19-2 in the final game of the UCLA Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center.

Freshman Nicolas Saveljic led the Bruins with three goals while redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alex Wolf registered two saves in the first half while allowing two scores and sophomore Jonathan Van De Velde tallied five saves while pitching a shutout in the second half.

Saveljic got the Bruins on the board first and fast (7:45) with a power play goal. Zach Rossman tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal for the Stags with 6:55 left in the opening period. But the Bruins would score eight goals in a row to build a commanding lead. The run began with a goal from the front court by senior Jack Grover (6:33). Saveljic scored his second (5:39) from two meters on a one-timer from a nice feed from senior Max Irving to make it 3-1. Then senior Jesse Camou added a counter attack goal (4:04) and senior James Robinson netted a power play goal (2:37) to push the lead to 5-1. Freshman Luke Henriksson scored on a counter (2:22) and junior Austin Rone scored from the front court (0:28) to end the scoring in the first with UCLA leading 7-1.

Grover added his second of the game to open the scoring in the second with an exclusion goal (6:56). After a counter score from junior Warren Snyder (6:14) pushed the lead to 9-1, the Stags snapped the scoring streak with a power play goal by Peter Hilton (5:35). But UCLA would score five more goals in the period to build a 14-2 lead at the half. Freshman Quinten Osborne scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity (5:05) and then three straight counter attack scores would follow. Rone scored his second of the game (3:32), Camou netted his second (3:00) and senior Alex Roelse registered his first (2:20). Roelse would end the scoring in the second with a power play goal (1:05) to make it 14-2.

The Bruins pitched a shutout in the third, but managed only one goal. Sophomore Raphael Raede added his first of the game (4:37) with a goal from two meters to give the Bruins a 15-2 lead through three periods.

Another shutout period followed for the Bruins in the fourth. Saveljic completed his hat trick to open the scoring in the final stanza (6:04) with a goal from the front court. Sophomore James Vlachonassios pushed the lead to 17-2 with his first goal of the game (2:16) and then junior Kent Inoue made it 18-2 with an exclusion goal (1:14). Raede scored his second of the game at two meters (0:27) to provide the 19-2 final.

UCLA returns to action on Friday, Sept. 8 vs. George Washington at 11:30 a.m. PT in the Bruins' first game of the Princeton Invitational.

Recap by USC Sports Information

WESTWOOD, CALIF. — The No. 2 USC men's water polo team kicked out to two big wins in its first action of 2017, with five Trojans registering their first career goals in the process. Marko Vavic, Troy Furniss, Christian Emerson, Christian Hockenbury and Chas Hornecker all tallied their first goals as Trojans today in helping USC to a 27-3 opening win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and a 24-3 victory over Pomona-Pitzer out at the UCLA Mini Invitational today at Spieker Aquatics Center in Westwood.

Senior goalie McQuin Baron capped up in the cage for the first half of both tilts, allowing just a single goal while compiling eight saves across his four periods of work. Sophomore Will Rubschlager stepped in for the second half of the matchup against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to haul in five saves while the Stags managed three goals in the 27-3 USC victory. Next, it was redshirt sophomore Simon Wu who spelled Baron for the second half against Pomona-Pitzer, allowing just a pair of goals while collecting three saves to wrap up the 24-3 win over the Sagehens.

On the offensive end, it was redshirt sophomore Sam Slobodien and senior Grant Stein who went big vs. the Stags. Both Trojans punched up four goals apiece while the Edwards brothers hammered home hat tricks to lead the Trojans' scoring surge. USC's season opener also saw true freshman Marko Vavic nail two goals in his Trojan debut, joined by redshirt sophomore Christian Emerson and redshirt freshman Troy Furniss on the scoresheet for the first time in their young USC careers. In all, USC got 15 Trojans in on the scoring action in the 27-3 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. USC constructed a 17-0 lead on the Stags before surrendering a goal at the start of the second half.

In game two, USC scored the first six goals of the matchup against Pomona-Pitzer, then made a 15-0 rally to take full control of things. Sophomore Thomas Dunstan and senior James Walters each delivered a hat trick to pace the Trojan offense, while two new Trojans tallied their first goals. Christian Hockenbury and Chas Hornecker both got on the board in the fourth quarter as USC put the finishing touches on a 24-3 win over the Sagehens.

USC now turns to its home opener next week, with the No. 2 Trojans hosting No. 3 Stanford in a heated MPSF battle at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The USC-Stanford showdown is set for 5 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 8) and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

Recap by Stanford Sports Information

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Stanford men's water polo team exploded for 45 goals over two games, routing Harvard and MIT at Blodgett Pool on Harvard's campus Saturday in the first day of the season-opening Bruno Classic. The Cardinal opened the 2017 campaign with a 21-5 victory over Harvard and returned later in the day to defeat MIT, 24-1. Freshman Ben Hallock led the way for Stanford with seven goals on the day in his Cardinal debut. He posted four in the win over MIT and added three scores in the triumph over Harvard. Senior Sam Pfeil, junior Blake Parrish and sophomore Bennett Williams each posted five goals in the two contest. Pfeil joined Hallock with four scores in the win over MIT. Parrish had three goals in the win over Harvard and two in the MIT victory. Williams posted three goals against MIT and two against Harvard. Stanford scored the first 17 goals of the game in the win over Harvard. The Cardinal took a 13-0 lead into halftime, en route to the 21-5 victory. It was a similar start for Stanford against MIT, with the Cardinal surging out to a 13-0 lead 13 minutes into the contest. Stanford led, 15-1, at the half, adding nine more scores and blanking MIT in the second half. The Cardinal defense stood strong as well, as senior goalie Drew Holland wasn't tested much. He posted one save against Harvard. Sophomore Andrew Chun also saw action in goal for the Cardinal. Along with Hallock, freshmen Tyler Abramson and Sawyer Rhodes made their Stanford debuts on Saturday. Both Abramson and Rhodes netted three goals over the two contests. Stanford returns to action Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island, facing St. Francis Brooklyn at 7:30 a.m. PT, before a matchup with Brown at 12:45 p.m. PT in the Bears' home pool.

Recap by Cal Sports Information

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A pair of wins made the first day of competition for the 2017 Cal men's water polo team a successful one as the No. 1-ranked Bears picked up a 16-1 victory over Loyola Marymount and beat host UC San Diego 12-7 to open the Triton Invitational..

Cal (2-0) returns to the pool on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. to take on No. 8 Long Beach State. The Bears will play a second match at 1:15 p.m. against No. 6 UC Santa Barbara to wrap up their stay in San Diego.

Cal 16, Loyola Marymount 1

An early wake-up call didn't stop the Bears from getting off to a fast start in the first match of the season as three goals in the first period gave way to a 9-0 halftime lead and an eventual victory over the No. 17-ranked Lions.

Cal's senior captains did the honor of getting the year started as Luca Cupido converted the first goal of the season and Pedro Stellet followed with one of his own. Cupido added another with 3:18 left in the period to give the Bears the 3-0 advantage.

The offense continued for Cal in the second period with both returners and newcomers finding the net Spencer Farrar converted twice in his first game as a Golden Bear and freshman Cameron Wright scored his first collegiate goal to complement goals by Cupido, Vassilis Tzavaras and Jordan Hoover. The six-goal period put Cal in control at the midway point.

Goals from Farrar and Wright pushed the lead to 11-1 after three periods and the Bears finished the effort off with five more in the final eight minutes. Farrar and Wright each ended the match with four goals to lead all scorers while Cupido scored three, Hoover added two and Stellet, Tzavaras and redshirt freshman Cade Kruse contributed one apiece. Senior Kevin Le Vine drew the start in goal and made 10 saves to go along with two steals for the Bears.

Cal 12, UC San Diego 7

The No. 12-ranked Tritons jumped out to a two-goal advantage right away but a strong run of play from that point until halftime gave the momentum back to the Bears as they eventually pulled away for the second win of the day.

After UC San Diego took the lead with a pair of opening goals, Cal responded with two of its own to tie the score after eight minutes of action. Only a week removed from competing with Team USA at the World University Games in Taiwan, Nicholas Carniglia got the Bears on the board and Cupido followed with his first goal of the match to make it 2-2.

Cal built its advantage in the second period. Farrar took just 31 seconds to put the Bears ahead and a few minutes later Odysseas Masmanidis pushed the lead to two with a goal of his own. Tzavaras added a goal with 1:16 left before half and Cal took a 5-2 lead to the break.

UC San Diego narrowed the gap in the third period, at one point cutting Cal's advantage to just one goal, but the Bears struck again just before time expired as Stellet found the range with 27 seconds left to give the Bears a 7-5 lead. The Tritons would get no closer as Cal scored five more times in the fourth to close out the win.

Stellet, Carniglia, Masmanidis and sophomore Safak Simsek each scored twice to lead the Bears on the scoresheet. Farrar, Tzavaras, Cupido and freshman Nikos Delagrammatikas added one apiece to round out the scoring. Spencer Tagg got the assignment in the cage and made 11 saves while also adding two steals.