Cal Visits UCLA on Saturday's Televised Showdown

Luca Cupido, California (Photo by Catharyn Hayne)
Oct. 16, 2017

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UCLA (0-0 MPSF, 15-1 Overall) easily defeated No. 17 Cal Baptist last Friday (Oct. 13) at home, 20-9. Austin Rone and Kent Inoue each had a career-high four goals, while sophomore Raphael Raede put away his first career hat trick. The Bruins came back the next night to edge No. 7 Long Beach State, 8-6. Nicolas Saveljic scored three goals and Alex Wolf stopped 13 of 19 shots on goal in a complete game. Chasen Travisano scored twice in each win. No. 2 UCLA hosts No. 3 California Saturday (Oct. 21) at 11 am on Pac-12 Networks. This will be the first of three MPSF regular season contests for each team.

CALIFORNIA (0-0 MPSF, 15-1 Overall) routed No. 6 UC Irvine at home last Saturday (Oct. 14), 18-8, and No. 16 San Jose State on Sunday (Oct. 15), 20-6. Kevin Le Vine recorded a 2017 MPSF-high 19 saves vs. UCI, while Luca Cupido accumulated six goals, four steals, and three assists. Johnny Hooper added two goals and assisted on five others. Against the Spartans, Cupido added five goals in just two quarters of playing time. He enters the week as the MPSF’s scoring leader with 44 goals on the year (also an MPSF best 2.75 GPG). Cal heads south this weekend, visiting UCLA in its first of three conference games, before playing a non-conference game at Long Beach State Sunday (Oct. 22).

STANFORD (0-1 MPSF, 9-3 Overall) defeated No. 8 UC Santa Barbara at home last Saturday (Oct. 14), 11-5, as Ben Hallock scored three goals and Drew Holland collected 17 saves. Holland has double-digit saves in his last six games, and moved into eighth all-time in the MPSF with 838 in his career. No. 4 Stanford hosts Wagner and Bucknell Friday (Oct. 20), followed by Pepperdine Saturday (Oct. 21), before taking on St. Francis in nearby Santa Clara Sunday (Oct. 22).

PENN STATE BEHREND (0-0 MPSF, 4-9 Overall) Kyle Frerichs and Troy Valkusky scored four goals apiece in a 16-10 win over Monmouth in the CWPA DIII Championship at MIT (Oct. 14). Valkusky totaled seven goals for the weekend. Matt Olimski collected 14 saves in the win and 16 in the 12-3 loss to MIT that day, followed by 16 more in the 12-9 loss to Connecticut College in the third-place game (Oct. 15). The Lions visit Iona Friday (Oct. 20), before competing at Connecticut College Saturday and Sunday vs. La Salle, Washington & Jefferson, and the hosts (Oct. 21-22).

USC (1-0 MPSF, 18-1 Overall) was off last week, and returns to action at home Saturday (Oct. 21) against UC Irvine. McQuin Baron recorded an MPSF season-high 18 saves in an 11-9 overtime win over the GCC’s No. 7 Long Beach State (Oct. 5). He added 14 saves in another win over the GCC, 6-3 at No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 8), giving him 32 saves for the week and stopping 73 percent of the shots on goal he faced. In the process, he jumped into second-place in MPSF history with 962 career saves, leaving him 95 away from the all-time conference record of 1,057 (Alex Malkis, Pacific; 2010-13).