MPSF Water Polo Results, Oct. 14

Oct. 14, 2017

California 18, UC Irvine 8

Recap by Cal

BERKELEY -- Strong defense set the tone on one end of the pool and six goals from Luca Cupido helped establish a presence at the other as the No. 3-ranked Cal men's water polo team stayed perfect at home in 2017 with an 18-8 victory over No. 6 UC Irvine at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

With members of Cal's 1977 national championship team in attendance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their triumph, the current crop of Golden Bears entered Saturday's contest intent on carrying that tradition forward with another good performance. That effort started immediately against the Anteaters as Cal's two senior captains, Cupido and Pedro Stellet, combined to score all four goals in the first period and give the Bears (14-1) a 4-2 lead after eight minutes.

While the goals kept coming, Cal's defense continued to make life difficult on a UC Irvine team that owns a win over UCLA this season. When he wasn't making his presence felt on offense, Cupido was busy leading the team in steals at the other end, finishing the match with four to push his season total to 34.

Cal finished with 11 steals as a team, and when the Bears weren't taking the ball away from the Anteaters, Kevin Le Vine made scoring even more difficult with yet another quality performance in the cage. The senior from El Cajon, Calif. stopped a career-high 19 shots, the most by any goalkeeper in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season.

The Bears didn't lack for offense, either, as they took an 8-4 lead at halftime and extended the advantage to 14-6 by the end of three periods. Four more goals in the fourth wrapped up the scoring and Cal's starters got to take a seat with just over five minutes left to play.

"Six, seven weeks into the season, I think we're starting to learn our qualities on the defensive side," Cupido said. "It's probably not going to be the shot blocking, but I think we can put pressure on their best shooters and threaten them with our counter-attack, which will force quick shots. At the end of the day, defense is effort and I think if we put in the effort, we can compete against anyone. In any sport, there's no winning without defense. As I always say, we have a lot of potential on the offensive side but defense is going to be crucial at NCAAs, which NCAAs last year demonstrated."

Cupido's all-around stats demonstrated his versatility as the senior finished with six goals, four steals, three assists, one field block and one ejection earned. Johnny Hooper also continued to show his all-around prowess as the MPSF's leader in goals per match scored two goals and assisted on five more. Stellet, Nicholas Carniglia and Odysseas Masmanidis each added two goals while Spencer Farrar, Safak Simsek, Chase Hamming and Conor Neumann all finished with one apiece.

Cal returns to the pool on Sunday as the Bears host No. 16 San Jose State at 1 p.m. Live updates from the match can be found by following Cal Water Polo (@CalWaterPolo) on Twitter.

Penn State Behrend 16, Monmouth 10

MIT 12, Monmouth 3

Recap by PSB

CAMBRIDGE, Ma. -- The Penn State Behrend men's water polo team split in two tough games in the CWPA Division III Championships Saturday, defeating Monmouth 16-10 and falling to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 12-3. Kyle Frerichs (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge) led the way for the Lions (4-8) tallying three of his four goals in the opening quarter against Monmouth. Troy Valkusky (Drifton, PA/Hazleton) heavily contributed in the win notching four goals as well. After jumping out to a 3-2 in the first quarter, Behrend never looked back. Valkusky, Mark Ercolani (North Wales, PA/North Penn) and Cameron Makin (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) each notched a one goal to push the lead to 6-4 midway through the second. The Hawks found the back of the net to bring the score within one, but Bruce Bursiek (Houston, TX/Cy-Fair High School) and Grant Garcia (Kingsburg, CA/Kingsburg) would combine to add three unanswered goals just before halftime to make the score 9-5. The Lions continued their offensive firepower through the second half with the help of Valkusky, Frerichs, Garcia, and Davis Kraft (Houston, TX/Langham Creek). Behrend would go on a 4-2 throughout the third quarter to push the lead to 13-7. Garcia would tally three assists while Frerichs, Makin, and Isaak Hatopp (Saline, MI/Saline) would notch two each in the match. The Lions and Hawks washed in the fourth quarter, scoring three goals each to end the scoring 16-10. Bursiek and Hatopp would each record two steals while Matt Olimski (San Diego, CA/Otay Ranch) would make 14 saves in the match and also dish out two assists. In the Lions second matchup of the day, MIT jumped out to an early 5-0 lead through the second quarter. Goals from Frerichs and Valkusky in the second cut the lead to two, but it was not enough to hold the Engineers off. MIT would go on a 6-1 scoring streak until the final whistle was blown to end the game. Hatopp added another goal on the weekend while Garcia and Bursiek would record two steals a piece. Olimski accumulated 16 more saves, two steals, and an assist in the tough loss. Behrend takes on Connecticut College tomorrow morning at 10:45 a.m. in the third place game at the CWPA Division III Championships.

Stanford 11, UCSB 5

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. -- Freshman Ben Hallock posted a hat trick and senior Drew Holland matched his season-high with 17 saves to guide No. 4 Stanford men's water polo to an 11-5 victory over No. 8 UC Santa Barbara Saturday evening at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford (9-3) gave its fans, which included a several members of the Cardinal's four NCAA championship teams from the 1980s, a show with its third consecutive win. The program celebrated the achievements of those title-winning teams from the 1980s during a special halftime ceremony.

In the match, the Cardinal erased an early one-goal deficit with back-to-back scores from freshman Sawyer Rhodes and junior Blake Parrish to take a 2-1 advantage after one quarter.

A Gaucho (9-8) goal in the first minute of the second period tied it, but Stanford responded with the next three scores and never looked back. Senior Connor Stapleton started the run, with Hallock punching home his first score and sophomore Bennett Williams connecting on a power play goal to give Stanford the 5-2 halftime advantage.

The Cardinal stretched its lead to 8-4 with a Parrish goal and two more from Hallock in the third quarter.

Stanford continued to push for more offensively in the final period, adding goals from Stapleton, Cody Smith and Reid Chase to earn the 11-5 win.

The 11 goals against UCSB marked the ninth time in 12 matches this season Stanford posted double-digit scores.

Holland matched his season-high with 17 saves in the win, posting his seventh double-digit save performance of the season. He has recorded at least 10 stops in each of the past six matches.

Stanford continues its four-game homestand next Friday as the Cardinal hosts Wagner and Bucknell at 4 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. PT, respectively, at Avery Aquatic Center.

UCLA 8, Long Beach State 6

Recap by UCLA

LOS ANGELES-- Second-ranked UCLA jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never trailed in an 8-6 victory on Saturday night against No. 7 Long Beach Stateat Dirks Pool at SpiekerAquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 15-1 on the year and 100-21-1all-time against the 49ers(9-8).

The Bruins were led by freshman Nicolas Saveljic's three goals on the night. Senior Jesse Camou and freshman Chasen Travisano each scored twice for UCLA. Redshirt sophomore Alex Wolf played the entire game in the cage for the Bruins, making 13 saves while allowing six goals.

Saveljicwon the opening sprint and then fired a shot from the front court that put UCLA up 1-0 (7:35). Travisanomade it 2-0 with a goal at the 6:00 mark. Jacob Fujiokaended the scoring in the first with a power play goal for the 49ers (2:40) to cut the lead to 2-1.

Camou opened the scoring in the second period with his first goal of the game (4:44) to put UCLA up 3-1. Senior Max Irving scored a power play goal to push the lead to 4-1 with 3:20 left in the first half. But the 49ers' Austin Stewart scored on a counter (2:03) and NemanjaBakicscored from the front court (0:58) to end the scoring in the period with UCLA clinging to a 4-3 lead at the break.

Saveljic scored his second of the game to open the scoring in the third quarter (4:55) to put UCLA up 5-3. LBSU's Chandler Kaltenbachscored the period's only other goal to cut the Bruins' lead to 5-4 heading into the fourth.

Saveljicthen completed his hat trick with a power play goal (4:50) to open the scoring in the fourth. Camouscored his second of the game on a counter (4:15) to push the lead to 7-4. Duncan Lynde cut it to 7-5 with a power play goal for the 49ers (3:42).ButTravisano scored his second of the game to push the lead back to three at 8-5 with 2:57 left. Bakicadded his second of the game on a power play (0:33) to provide the 8-6 final.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21 to open up MPSF play against No. 3 California at 11:00 a.m. PT live on the Pac-12 Networks at Dirks Pool at SpiekerAquatics Center.