Stanford Wins Two, Visits Cal on Pac-12 Networks

Stanford Freshman Bret Bonanni

Stanford Freshman Bret Bonanni

Oct. 15, 2012

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STANFORD (8-3 Overall, 2-1 MPSF) Bret Bonanni and Forrest Watkins put away three and two goals respectively, in a 9-7 conference win at UCSB last Saturday. The Cardinal wasted no time in avenging a Sept. 29 non-conference loss at UCSB, racing out to a 4-0 first quarter lead. Sunday, Stanford completed a road sweep with an 11-6 outcome at Pepperdine, as Bonanni had another hat trick. Stanford visits California Saturday (Oct. 20) on Pac-12 Networks.

PEPPERDINE (8-6 Overall, 1-1 MPSF) Bence Valics collected 14 saves, six in the third quarter, in a 10-6 MPSF-opening win over UC Irvine in Malibu last Saturday. Spencer Hamby, Stephen Loomis, Marko Madaras, and Matthew DeTrane each scored twice. The Waves held the Anteaters to two goals in the first half. DeTrane and Loomis added two goals apiece in the loss to Stanford.

USC (16-0 Overall, 2-0 MPSF) had eight players find the back of the cage in a 13-6 win at Loyola Marymount last Saturday. The Trojans used a 5-0 second quarter to help stage the win. Nikola Vavic led the way with three goals, followed by two apiece from Matt Burton, Kostas Genidounias, and Mac Carden. Ely Bonilla picked up nine saves. MPSF action resumes at Long Beach State Friday (Oct. 19).

PACIFIC (9-5 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) Balazs Erdelyi delivered five of his career-high nine goals in the first quarter alone, as the Tigers routed visiting Santa Clara last Friday, 20-10. Erdelyi accumulated the nine goals in just three quarters. Aleksandar Petrovic added a hat trick and Alex Malkis collected 14 saves in three and a half quarters of work. The Tigers host Pepperdine Sunday (Oct. 21) in their MPSF opener.

LONG BEACH STATE (17-3 Overall, 0-0 MPSF) Milos Vrzic and Nolan McConnell lwed the 49ers with three goals each, while Balint Meszaros collected nine saves, in an 11-8 win at UC San Diego last Friday. LBSU shut out UCSD, 4-0, in the final period to complete the comeback. The 49ers host Loyola Marymount Thursday (Oct. 18) before MPSF opens at home with USC Friday (Oct. 19).

UC SANTA BARBARA (14-4 Overall, 0-1 MPSF) came up short to visiting Stanford last Saturday, 9-7. Evan Dellinger, Bryce Miller, and Nick Tomasello scored two goals apiece. The Gauchos stay home for another MPSF showdown, taking on UCLA Saturday (Oct. 20). On Sept. 30, UCSB snapped a 35-game/20-year drought to the Bruins in a 10-9 non-conference win.

UC IRVINE (14-4 Overall, 0-1 MPSF) fell 10-6 at Pepperdine Saturday in the MPSF opener. The Anteaters fought back from a 7-2 halftime deficit by scoring the third period's first three goals. Mitch Wise delivered a hat trick. The Anteaters return home Sunday (Oct. 21) for an MPSF game with UCSB, after being away for 15 straight.

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 on Oct. 6. The Bruins fought back from a 4-0 deficit after the first quarter, and 5-1 at the half in their MPSF opener, before a 15-8 Oct. 7 win at UC Davis. Idle last week, the Bruins resume MPSF play at UCSB Saturday and host UCSD Sunday.

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

BRET BONANNI MPSF/KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Stanford freshman Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Mater Dei HS) posted two hat tricks as the Cardinal claimed a road sweep of No. 2 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 Pepperdine. Bonanni scored three times Saturday as Stanford avenged its SoCal Tournament loss to the Gauchos with a 9-7 victory, then added three more in Sunday's 11-6 win at Pepperdine. Bonanni is second on the team with 26 goals, and is one of just two freshmen ranked in the MPSF top-25 scoring list at No. 10....Also Nominated: Balazs Erdelyi (PAC); Myles Christian (UCSB)...