LA Schools Succeed in Bay Area

Josh Samuels, UCLA

Oct. 8, 2012

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USC (15-0 Overall, 2-0 MPSF) used a four-goal third quarter to secure a 9-6 MPSF win at Stanford this past Saturday. The Trojans were up 4-3 at the half, before taking an 8-4 lead into the fourth. Tobias Preuss delivered a second-half hat trick, two goals within the 4-1 third period, while Nikola Vavic scored twice. James Clark was in goal, picking up nine saves. Top-ranked and unbeaten USC visits Loyola Marymount Saturday (Oct. 13).

UCLA (17-2 Overall, 1-0 MPSF) Josh Samuels converted a five-meter penalty shot with 2:04 left in the sudden-victory overtime period, the last of his four goals, to give the Bruins a 10-9 win at California. The Bruins fought back from a 4-0 deficit after the first quarter, and 5-1 at the half, in their MPSF opener shown live on Pac-12 Networks. Paul and Lucas Reynolds added two scores each. UCLA then grabbed a 15-8 Sunday win at UC Davis.

UC SANTA BARBARA (14-3 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) enjoying its highest national ranking since winning the NCAA Championship in 1979, swept a Sunday home doubleheader over Iona (15-8) and Harvard (16-12). Evan Dellinger had three goals and Myles Christian recorded nine saves vs. the Gaels. The Gauchos host Stanford Saturday (Oct. 13) in a conference game. UCSB upset the Cardinal at the SoCal Tournament in Goleta, 12-9.

LONG BEACH STATE (16-3 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) swept through the Gary Troyer Tournament in Claremont this past weekend, taking down Cal Baptist (9-8), La Verne (18-3), Harvard (12-5), and Fresno Pacific (23-4). Nick Rascon nailed the game-winner with 10 seconds left in regulation, while Balint Meszaros picked up 13 saves against the Lancers. Spencer White totaled a team-high nine weekend goals. The 49ers visit UC San Diego Friday.

UC IRVINE (14-3 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) swept a Saturday doubleheader at the Gary Troyer Tournament at La Verne, defeating Whittier, 18-4, and Cal Lutheran, 14-6. Bojan Hrlec scored four goals vs. Whittier, while Mitch Wise tallied a hat trick in each game. Dylan Peterson collected seven saves vs. CLU. The Anteaters' MPSF opener is Saturday (Oct. 13) at Pepperdine.

PACIFIC (8-5 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) Balazs Erdelyi and Alex Obert scored five goals apiece to lead the Tigers past UC Davis, 16-7, in the first-ever night game in Stockton last Friday. Pacific led 4-0 in the first and was never caught. For Obert, the five scores tied his career-high from the SoCal Tournament the previous week. Kevin Oliveira added three goals and `keeper Alex Malkis blocked 12 shots in three quarters. Pacific hosts Santa Clara Friday (Oct. 12).

PEPPERDINE (7-5 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) had nine players tally in a 12-6 home win over Concordia last Saturday. James Perry, Matthew DeTrane, and Stephen Loomis were the multiple goal scorers with two apiece. Bence Valics collected 14 saves in the cage. The Waves now focus on their upcoming MPSF openers, hosting UC Irvine Saturday and Stanford Sunday.

CALIFORNIA (9-6 Overall, 0-2 MPSF) Marin Balarin recorded a hat trick and Aleksa Saponjic recorded two goals in the 10-9, sudden overtime loss to UCLA. Balarin had scored with 1:02 remaining in the second OT session to extend the game. Jon Sibley had eight saves. The Bears return home in two weeks (Oct. 20) in another televised game on Pac-12 Networks against Bay Area rival Stanford.

STANFORD (6-3 Overall, 0-1 MPSF) came up short against No. 1 USC last Saturday at home, 9-6, as Alex Bowen scored a pair and Scott Platshon recorded 16 saves. Stanford returns to action this weekend, traveling to Southern California for conference games at UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 13) and Pepperdine (Oct. 14).


UCLA senior Josh Samuels (Villa Park, CA/Villa Park HS) led a pair of victories, contributing six goals through wins at California and UC Davis. He had a game-high and season-high-tying four goals in the Bruins' 10-9 come-from-behind overtime win at Cal, including the game-winning, sudden-victory penalty shot. The Bruins were down 4-0 at the end of the first period and 5-1 at halftime. Samuels then delivered twice in the win at UC Davis. Nominated: Balazs Erdelyi (PAC); Matt Gronow (UCSB); Mitch Wise (UCI); Tobias Preuss (USC); Nick Rascon (LB)