MPSF Water Polo Results, Oct. 7

Ben Hallock, Stanford (Photo by Stanford Athletics)
Oct. 7, 2017

Stanford 12, Pacific 7

Recap by Pacific

STOCKTON, Calif. - Devon Thumwood scored three goals in front of a robust crowd of 824 at Chris Kjeldsen Pool, but No. 4 Stanford pulled way from the No. 5 Pacific men's water polo team Saturday night for a 12-7 win. Tied 6-6 in the waning minutes of the third quarter, Stanford scored off a Tigers defensive miscue which resulted in a 6-1 finish over the final nine minutes for the Cardinal to snap the Tigers three-game win streak in the series. Pacific has won six of the last nine against Stanford dating back to 2013. Luis Araya, Engin Ege Colak, Luke Pavillard and Ben Stevenson also scored for Pacific. The Cardinal were led by hat tricks from Ben Hallock, Cody Smith and Connor Stapleton. Goalkeeper Drew Holland made 16 saves to give the Tigers just their third loss of the season. Pacific goalie John Hedges recorded nine saves. Thumwood opened the scoring off a long outlet from Hedges a minute in, but Stanford responded with a five-meter penalty shot goal from Hallock. Thumwood set up Araya for a 2-1 Pacific lead, before Sawyer Rhodes tied the game at 2-2. Thumwood's second came after a 6-on-5 power play had expired, beating the shot clock for a 3-2 lead after one quarter. In the second, Hallock tied the game with a tap-in goal on the doorstep off a lob from Stapleton. Smith powered a shot from the wing off hands in front and into the side panel for a 4-3 Stanford lead with 3:46 to go before halftime. After Hedges posted a save on a five-meter penalty with 3:06 to go, Colak answered with a quick-strike goal falling a Stanford offensive foul to tie the game. But Stanford quickly responded with a lob gaol from Blake Parrish. Stevenson rose and fired from four meters out and beat Holland to tie the game at 5-5 at halftime. In the third, Stapleton capped a Stanford 6-on-5 with a power-play goal for a 6-5 lead, but Thumwood posted his third to tie the game at 6-6 with 2:21 left in the quarter. With just over a minute to go in third, Pacific got caught going for a steal and took an exclusion to prevent an odd-man rush. Stapleton's second goal came on the ensuing power play and shifted momentum to the Cardinal. Stapleton opened the fourth with another goal for the first two-goal lead of the game at 8-6. Hallock tacked on a goal, while smith and Jackson Kimball stretching the lead to 11-6 with 1:51 left. Pavillard got on the board with a minute left, before the Tigers' press got caught, leaving Smith open in front for a one-on-one opportunity against Hedges to round out the scoring. The Tigers finished 1-for-7 with the power play, and hit the goal frame six times in the game. Pacific falls to 12-3 overall on the year, while Stanford improves to 8-3 overall.

UCLA 8, Pepperdine 7

Recap by UCLA

MALIBU, Calif. -- Second-ranked UCLA made some key defensive stops down the stretch to hold onto an 8-7 victory at No. 9 Pepperdine (13-8) on Saturday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. During halftime, the Waves honored their 1997 NCAA Championship team that beat USC in the finals 20 years ago. The Bruins improved to 13-1 on the year and 78-31-1 all-time against the Waves.

Freshman Chasen Travisano led the Bruins with three goals against the Waves while senior Max Irving added two scores. Redshirt sophomore Alex Wolf played the entire game in goal, registering 12 saves and two steals while allowing seven goals (four on power plays).

Irving got the Bruins on the board first (5:36) with a strike from the front court after an ordinary foul. Travisano made it 2-0 with a perfect lob shot off a feed from Irving (4:31). Mate Toth got Pepperdine on the board with a power play goal (1:11) to cut it to 2-1. Irving scored his second off a gorgeous pass from freshman Quinten Osborne (0:54) on the Bruins' next possession to make it 3-1. Travisano ended the scoring in the first with his second of the quarter (0:24) to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead.

Coleman Carpenter led off the scoring in the second quarter for Pepperdine (7:07) to cut the lead to 4-2. But senior Alex Roelse pushed the lead to 5-2 when he took a feed from David Stiling to score a goal at even strength (5:57). Marko Asic scored a power play goal (3:36) to cut the lead to 5-3. But Evan Rosenfeld scored off a rebound (3:07) to push the lead to 6-3. Asic scored another power play goal (1:56) to cut the lead to 6-4. Freshman Nicolas Saveljic scored from the front court (1:21) to end the scoring in the first half with the Bruins leading 7-4.

Travisano opened the scoring in the third (6:44) with a goal at full strength, completing his hat trick to extend the lead to 8-4. Mark Urban cut the lead to 8-5 with a goal from the front court for Pepperdine (3:03) that would end the low-scoring period.

Christopher Dilworth opened the scoring in the final period with a counter goal to cut the lead to 8-6 (5:09). Urban then scored his second of the game to pull the Waves to within one goal (1:21) with a power play strike to cut it to 8-7. The Bruins would need a couple of stops to secure the 8-7 victory.

The Bruins return to action on Friday, Oct. 13 in a non-conference game at home vs. Cal Baptist at 5:30 p.m. at Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center.

Fresno Pacific 17, Penn State Behrend 5

Penn State Behrend 8, Occidental 7

Recap by PSB

CLAREMONT, Ca -- The Penn State Behrend men's water polo team ended the weekend by going 1-1 on the final day in the Gary Troyer Tournament Saturday afternoon. Dropping the first game to Fresno Pacific, but defeated Occidental in game two on Saturday night. The Lions (3-7) started the day against Fresno Pacific (4-10), falling by a score of 16-5. Behrend struggled to get the offense rolling against the Sunbirds. Grant Garcia (Kingsburg, CA/Kingsburg) notched three steals while also scoring two goals. Matt Olimski (San Diego, CA/Otay Ranch) made nine saves and two saves. Bryce Barnes (Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor), Davis Kraft (Houston, TX/Langham Creek), and Greg Kinzler (Plum, PA/Agra Charter Cyber School) all recorded two steals a piece in the tough loss. In game two, the Lions came out on top in the nail-biter against Occidental (0-18) by defeating them 8-7. Garcia led Behrend by scoring a pair of goals, creating two drawn kick outs, and dishing out an assist in the win. Kinzler's scored two goals while also adding a steal and a field block against the Tigers. On the defensive side, Andre Saradaryzadeh (Murrieta, CA/Elsinore) and Kyle Frerichs (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge) were instrumental in helping the Lion's pick up their third win of the season. Saradaryzadeh recorded four steals, an assist, and a field block while Frerichs added a pair of field blocks and steals. Bruce Bursiek (Houston, TX/Cy-Fair High School) contributed to Behrend's win by scoring two goals and notching a steal. Goalkeeper Olimski compiled 18 more saves on the weekend, and generated three steals and an assist. Behrend will be back in action Saturday, October 14 where they will battle in the DIII Eastern Championships.