MPSF Advances to Invitational Quarterfinals

Sept. 22, 2017

California 24, Air Force 7 (at LMU)

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LOS ANGELES - A quality defensive effort led to plenty of offense on the other end of the pool for the No. 1-ranked Cal men's water polo team as the Bears earned a 24-7 victory over Air Force on day one at the Mountain Pacific Invitational.

Playing the first match of the tournament at Loyola Marymount, Cal (9-0) got rolling right away when it came to goals. A 4-1 lead at the end of one period came courtesy of scores from Vassilis Tzavaras, Johnny Hooper, Pedro Stellet and Ethan Wojciechowski.

That lead grew to 10-3 by halftime with four goals by Hooper leading the charge. The advantage stood at 18-5 after three periods and six more goals in the fourth provided the final margin of victory.

Not to be lost in the goal-scoring barrage was one of Cal's best defensive efforts of the season. Air Force went 0 for 12 on power play opportunities and Kevin Le Vine was strong again in the cage, stopping 12 shots to earn his fifth win of the year.

Hooper finished as high scorer in front of a hometown crowd as the junior form Los Angeles tallied five goals. Nicholas Carniglia added four, Cameron Wright scored three, Spencer Farrar, Ethan Wojciechowski, Jordan Hoover and Nikos Delagrammatikas each had two and Odysseas Masmanidis, Pedro Stellet, Vassilis Tzavaras and Safak Simsek contributed with one apiece.

Cal will resume play on Saturday at 9 a.m. against Pepperdine. That match will take place at USC's Uytengsu Aquatic Center. The Bears will play a second match on Saturday as well with the time and opponent based on morning results. For updates, follow Cal men's water polo on Twitter (@CalWaterPolo).

USC 18, San Jose State 9 (at USC)

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC men's water polo team scored the first seven goals of the game to keep the Trojans in the driver's seat in the first game of the day at the 2017 Mountain Pacific Invitational at Uytengsu Aquatics Center today. Twelve Trojans scored in the win, while three USC goalies logged time in the cage to help notch an 18-9 win over San José State. The victory advances USC in the tournament bracket, now set for an 11:30 a.m. clash with UC Irvine tomorrow (Sept. 23) to fight for a spot in the evening's semifinals.

In today's opening game, USC squared off with San José State in bracket play at the Trojans' home pool. Marin Dasic and Grant Stein would each plug in two goals apiece to fuel USC's seven-goal surge out of the gates. Senior goalie McQuin Baron manned the cage for the first period, shutting out the Spartans while USC crafted a 4-0 lead after eight minutes of action. Will Rubschlager would take over the cage for the second and third frames.

To open the second, Matt Maier found Sam Slobodien for a blast that made it 5-0 early in the frame. A minute later, USC gripped a 7-0 lead on goals from Stein and Dasic. San José State would strike off the foul later to break its silence, with hot-handed Spartan Jacob Mercep hammering home his first of six goals on the day to make it 7-1. Blake Edwards would issue a response from the Trojan on a well-executed 6-on-5 series that saw Matteo Morelli hit Marko Vavic for the setup to Edwards, who delivered a searing crosscage score. A goal from SJSU in the final minute made it an 8-2 halftime score in USC's favor.

That gave way to a busy third frame, as USC scored six goals to outpace the Spartans' increased offensive output of four goals in that stretch. With USC leading 14-6 on Bryce Herman's goal to close the third, Simon Wu took over in goal for the last period of play. SJSU managed a three-goal surge in the last half of the fourth, but thanks in part to the Leong brothers -- Danny and Tim -- pumping in their second goals of the day, USC was able to stay in full control to close out an 18-9 final decision.

Stanford 20, Pomona-Pitzer 7 (at USC)

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LOS ANGELES - Eleven different members of the Cardinal scored in No. 3 Stanford men's water polo's 20-7 victory over Pomona-Pitzer Friday in the Mountain Pacific Invitational opener at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Stanford (5-1) advanced in the three-day tournament, where it will face Long Beach State, an 11-8 winner overPrinceton,on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. PT.

Freshman Ben Hallock and sophomore Bennett Williams led the way for the Cardinal, offensively, with three goals apiece. Senior Connor Stapleton, juniors Blake Parrish and Mitchell Mendoza, and freshmen Tyler Abramson and Sawyer Rhodes each netted a pair of scores. Seniors Jackson Kimbell, Justin Roberto and Sam Pfeil, and junior Harrison Enright rounded out the scoring for the Cardinal with a goal apiece.

Hallock broke a 1-1 tie with his first score of the contest 1:15 into the match, and Stanford never looked back. The Cardinal scored eight straight goals to surge out to a 9-1 advantage. Stanford held Pomona-Pitzer without a score for a span of 9:32 leading to an 11-2 halftime advantage.

The Cardinal added four goals in the third quarter and five more in the fourth, en route to the 20-7 victory.

Senior goalie Drew Holland started and registered two saves in the cage, before handing it over to sophomore Andrew Chun. Chun played the final three quarters in the cage, posting seven saves.

Stanford has scored at least 20 goals in four of its first six games this season, recording a season-high 24 goals against MIT

UCLA 7, Loyola Marymount 4 (at LMU)

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins staved off an upset bid from No. 20 Loyola Marymount to record a 7-4 victory at LMU's Burns Recreation Center on Friday afternoon in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Invitational. The Bruins improved to 9-0 while the Lionsdropped to3-5 on the year. The Bruins improved to 29-0 all-time against Loyola Marymount.

Senior James Robinson led the Bruins in scoring with two goals. Senior Aleksandar Ruzicgot the start in goal and recorded eight saves while allowing two scores in 26:28 of action. Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Van De Velde played the final 5:32 of the fourth quarter, registering one save while surrendering two goals.

Junior Austin Rone got the Bruins on the board first off a nice feed from junior David Stiling (3:28). Senior Jack Grover ended the scoring in the first quarter with a goal at full strength (2:41) to give the Bruins a 2-0 advantage.

The second quarter was all LMU as the Bruins were held scoreless. Alessio Brunocellicut the lead to 2-1 with a score at the 4:04 mark of the second period. Zach Gleason tied the game at 2-2 (3:24) with a penalty shot conversion to end the scoring in the first half.

Robinson put the Bruins back in front, 3-2, with the only goal of the third quarter(4:16).

UCLA opened the final period with a score from freshman Luke Henriksson(7:32) to extend the lead to 4-2. Senior Max Irving added an insurance goal two minutes later (5:32) to extend the lead to 5-2. Sophomore Eric Goldenberg gave the Bruins a 6-2 lead with a power play goal (3:14) and Robinson added his second of the game to make it 7-2 (2:46). Austin Clark trimmed the lead to 7-3 with a score from the front court (2:34) and then Brunocelli added his second of the game (0:29) on a power play to provide the 7-4 final.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a quarterfinal game of the Mountain Pacific Invitational vs. No. 5 Pacific at 10:15 a.m. PT.