MPSF Water Polo Results, Sept. 3

Blake Parrish, Stanford (Photo by Stanford Athletics)
Sept. 3, 2017

Stanford 19, Brown 0

Stanford 21, St. Francis Brooklyn 5

Recap by Stanford

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A day after totaling 45 goals in a pair of wins, the No. 3 Stanford men's water polo team produced 40 goals in two more victories on Sunday to punctuate its four-game weekend sweep at the Bruno Classic. The Cardinal posted a 21-5 victory over No. 19 St. Francis Brooklyn in the morning and closed the two-day event with a 19-0 win over No. 15 Brown Sunday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on the Brown campus.

Junior Blake Parrish led Stanford offensively with eight goals, including five in the win over St. Francis Brooklyn. Senior Jackson Kimbell and sophomore Bennett Williams posted six goals each over the two games. Williams netted four goals against St. Francis Brooklyn and two against Brown, while Kimbell posted three scores in each contest.

Senior Cody Smith also posted a hat trick in the win over the Bears, adding two goals in the triumph over the Terriers.

A day after registering seven goals in wins over Harvard and MIT, freshman Ben Hallock found the back of the cage four times in Sunday's wins.

In Sundays first game, Stanford scored six of the first seven goals against St. Francis Brooklyn and took an 11-4 lead into the halftime break. The Cardinal out-scored the Terriers, 10-1, in the second half to finish with at least 21 goals in each of its first three games.

Senior Drew Holland started and played the first three quarters, before handing it over to sophomore Andrew Chun in the fourth to seal the win over St. Francis Brooklyn.

In the final game of the weekend, Stanford scored three goals in the first two minutes and never looked back, en route to the 19-0 victory.

Chun started and played the entire match in goal for the Cardinal, posting Stanford's first shutout of the season.

Stanford returns to the west coast, where it will prepare for a top-three showdown with No. 2 USC this coming Friday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. PT in Los Angeles. Pac-12 Networks will have live coverage of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for both teams.

California 8, UC Santa Barbara 7

California 14, Long Beach State 7

Recap by Cal

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Cal men's water polo team got its first test of the 2017 season but the No. 1-ranked Bears still left the Triton Invitational with a perfect record as a 14-7 win over Long Beach State and an 8-7 victory over UC Santa Barbara brought two days of competition in San Diego to a close.

With Sunday's wins, Cal improves to 4-0 on the season as the Bears now return to Berkeley for the 2017 home opener on Wednesday vs. UC Davis. That match will start at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live by Pac-12 Networks.

Cal 14, Long Beach State 7

A good start offensively and a big game in the cage from Kevin Le Vine helped the Bears pick up win No. 3 of the weekend with a victory over the No. 8-ranked 49ers.

Cal's offensive firepower showed up right away as goals by Conor Neumann, Odysseas Masmanidis and Nick Bisconti pushed the Bears to a 3-0 lead right away. Mikey Williams added his first goal of the 2017 season and Safak Simsek also put one home to give the Bears a 5-2 advantage after one period.

The lead stood at 8-4 by halftime thanks to second-period goals from Simsek, Luca Cupido and Neumann. That margin stayed steady at four thanks to a pair of goals from Masmanidis and another from Pedro Stellet in the third period. And, Cal extended the lead in the fourth thanks to quality defense as the Bears added three more goals while holding the 49ers scoreless.

While Cal's attackers took care of business at the offensive end, Le Vine was busy providing plenty of defense in the Bears' own cage. The senior from El Cajon, Calif. made 17 saves, one coming on a 5-meter penalty shot, and added one steal to earn his second win of the season. Cupido and Masmanidis tied for match-high honors in scoring with three goals apiece, Simsek and Neumann each added two and Stellet, Vassilis Tzavaras, Williams and Bisconti contribute one apiece.

Cal 8, UC Santa Barbara 7

A four-goal lead midway through the third period provided enough of a cushion to withstand a late charge by the No. 6 Gauchos as the Bears wrapped up their weekend in San Diego with a hard-fought win on Sunday afternoon.

Just as it did in the morning match against Long Beach State, Cal took the early lead against the Gauchos. Stellet scored the lone goal of the first period but the Bears added three more in the second as Tzavaras, Stellet and Masmanidis all found the range to give Cal a 4-1 lead at halftime.

Goals by Stellet and Tzavaras extended the advantage to 6-1 with just over six minutes left in the third period but UC Santa Barbara used the rest of the period to make a charge, scoring four of the next five goals to leave Cal up 7-5 heading to the fourth period. A goal by Tommy Fellner brought the Gauchos even closer, making it 7-6 Bears with 6:40 to play.

Needing a goal to stem the tide, Connor Reid stepped to the forefront for Cal. Just 14 seconds after Fellner got UCSB within one, the senior from Lafayette, Calif. added an all-important insurance goal to push the lead to 8-6 with 6:26 left. Boris Jovanovic added a goal for the Gauchos with 1:45 left but Cal was able to make the lead stand up as the Bears ran out the clock to earn the one-goal victory.

Spencer Tagg got his second start of the weekend at goalkeeper and made 11 saves with one steal for the Bears. Stellet led the way on the scoresheet with three goals while Masmanidis and Tzavaras each added two and Reid scored his first of the season.