MPSF Water Polo Results, Sept. 30

Sept. 30, 2017

UC Irvine 9, UCLA 8

Recap by UCLA

IRVINE, Calif. -- Top-ranked UCLA dropped its first game of the 2017 season with a 9-8 setback at No. 7 UC Irvine at the Anteaters Aquatics Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins slip to 12-1 on the year while the Anteaters improve to 9-4. With the win, the Anteaters snapped a 13-game losing streak to UCLA, which is now 76-60-1 all-time against UC Irvine.

Freshman Chasen Travisano led the Bruins with two goals against the Anteaters. Redshirt sophomore Alex Wolf played the entire game in goal, registering 13 saves and three steals while allowing nine goals (five on power plays).

Fynn Schuetze got the Anteaters on the board first with a power play goal (3:16). Freshman Luke Henriksson tied the game at 1-1 (2:53) off a nice feed from senior Warren Snyder. But UC Irvine would hold a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter after another power play goal by Schuetze (0:33).

Travisano led off the second quarter with a goal from the front court (7:32) to tie the game at 2-2. But Schuetze completed his hat trick with a strike after the ordinary (7:17) to put UCI in front, 3-2. Sophomore James Vlachonassios tied the game at 3-3 (5:55) with another score from the front court for the Bruins. Senior Jesse Camou gave UCLA its first lead of the game on a power play (4:13) to make it 4-3. Lovre Milos tied the game at 4-4 with a power play goal with 20 seconds remaining but Travisano scored his second of the game (0:03) to give UCLA a 5-4 lead at the half.

Robby Stieffel tied the game at 5-5 with yet another power play goal (6:28) to open the scoring in the third and then Antoine Lena scored on a counter (3:39) to regain the lead for the Anteaters, 6-5. That score held until the start of the fourth.

Senior Matt Farmer scored from two meters (7:13) to tie the game at 6-6. But Schuetze scored his fourth of the game (6:58) from the front court to put UCI up 7-6. Senior Max Irving scored from the front court (4:10) to tie the game at 7-7. But again UCI got a power play goal (3:33) to regain the lead at 8-7, this time from Lena, his second of the game. Senior Alex Roelse tied the game at 8-8 with a strike after an ordinary foul (3:10). But the Anteaters' Lena completed his hat trick with a score on a counter (0:39) to provide the 9-8 final. The Bruins failed to draw any exclusions in the fourth quarter and had their last two shots of the game hit the post.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday, Oct. 7 in a non-conference game at No. 9 Pepperdine at 12:00 p.m. at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

USC 11, Pepperdine 5

Recap by USC

MALIBU, CALIF. — The No. 2 USC men’s water polo team made a strong stand at No. 9 Pepperdine’s home pool to churn out an 11-5 win over the Waves today in Malibu. The Trojan defense won the day in allowing only two Pepperdine goals in the first three frames while USC’s balanced scoring attack kept padding the Trojan advantage. With 10 saves from goalie McQuin Baron and goals from eight different Trojans, USC made a power move to a 16-1 overall record with today’s win.

The Trojans scored the first five goals of the matchup with Pepperdine, posting a first-frame shutout while building a 4-0 lead on goals from Marko Vavic, Thomas Dunstan, Matt Maier and Matteo Morelli. Maier’s second of the day made it a 5-0 USC rally before the Waves broke through. Morelli delivered his second soon after, and USC gripped a 6-1 lead at halftime. Two new Trojan scorers — Zach D’Sa and Marin Dasic — would go back-to-back after a Pepperdine goal to move USC ahead 8-2 entering the fourth. There, Pepperdine was able to muster up three goals, but USC matched that output to wrap the game as a decisive 11-5 Trojan victory.

Next week, USC will host Long Beach State in a 5 p.m. face-off on Thursday (Oct. 5) before a trip to play at UC Santa Barbara at noon on Sunday (Oct. 8).

Stanford 16, San Jose State 5

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. – Led by six goals from freshman Ben Hallock and four from junior Blake Parrish, No. 4 Stanford men’s water polo cruised to a 16-5 victory over No. 18 San Jose State in its home opener at Avery Aquatic Center Saturday. Hallock, who has played previously at Avery Aquatic Center with the U.S. National Team, made his Avery debut with Stanford on Saturday, scoring early and often to lead the Cardinal offensive charge. The redshirt freshman followed a Reid Chase goal with a pair of penalty-shot scores to give Stanford the 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter. The Cardinal (7-3) scored the first eight goals of the match, with Hallock netting four of those scores. San Jose State (5-6) got on the board in the final three minutes of the half, with the Cardinal taking an 8-1 lead into the break. Hallock added his fifth and sixth score of the match in the first three minutes of the second half as the Cardinal stretched its lead to 10-2. Parrish recorded his fourth hat trick of the year, with four goals in the match. He capped his scoring with a goal in the final minute of the third quarter, taking a feed from Mitchell Mendoza and firing it into the back of the cage. Senior Jackson Kimbell (2), sophomore Dylan Woodhead and senior Cody Smith also added goals for the Cardinal victory. Meanwhile, senior Drew Holland made several nice stops in goal for Stanford, finishing with 10 saves in the first three quarters of the match. Sophomore Andrew Chun took over in the final quarter, recording four saves. Stanford returns to action next Saturday (Oct. 7) against No. 4 Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

California 12, UCSB 9

Recap by Cal

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A game effort from host UC Santa Barbara kept action close throughout but the No. 3-ranked Cal men's water polo team took the lead right away and a big effort by goalkeeper Kevin Le Vine and the Bears' defense helped lead the way to a 12-9 victory over the No. 8 Gauchos at Campus Pool.

Playing in Southern California for the second-straight weekend, Cal (12-1) needed less than a minute to build a two-goal advantage. Both goals came courtesy of Odysseas Masmanidis as the junior from Greece scored just 15 seconds into the match and then again 33 seconds later to put the Bears up 2-0.

UC Santa Barbara (8-5) scored the next two goals to pull even but Johnny Hooper and Luca Cupido re-established the lead, each finding the net to leave Cal up 4-3 after a period. Defenses took over in the second period but a pair of Spencer Farrar goals made it 6-4 Bears at halftime.

Both offenses resurfaced in the third period but Cal extended the lead to 10-7 thanks to goals from Cupido, Vassilis Tzavaras, Nicholas Carniglia and Cameron Wright. Carniglia and Hooper added goals in the fourth and the Bears finished with a three-goal margin as they earned their second win of the season over the Gauchos.

One week after collecting a career-high 17 saves against UCLA, Le Vine was again a major factor for the Bears in the cage. The senior from El Cajon, Calif. equaled that performance with 17 more saves to provide a strong last line of defense against the Gauchos.

Farrar, Cupido, Carniglia, Hooper and Masmanidis each scored twice while Tzavaras and Wright found the net once. Tzavaras had a strong all-around match with two assists, two steals, two field blocks and two ejections earned.

Saturday's win brought a five-match road stretch to a close for the Bears and they'll return to the friendly confines of Spieker Aquatics Complex on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. match against Santa Clara that will be broadcast live by Pac-12 Networks. Cal's three-match homestand continues on Oct. 14 and 15 with games against UC Irvine and San Jose State.

Gannon 16, Penn State Behrend 6

Mercyhurst 18, Penn State Behrend 6