MPSF Water Polo Results, Oct. 20

Blake Parrish, Stanford (Photo by Stanford Athletics)
Oct. 20, 2017

Stanford 11, Bucknell 3

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford scored the first five goals and never looked back, en route to an 11-3 victory over No. 16 Bucknell in the first match of a Friday evening men's water polo double header at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford (10-3), which notched his fourth consecutive victory, returns to action later tonight against Wagner at 7 p.m. PT.

Freshman Ben Hallock led the way offensively, scoring three of his game-high four goals in the first 11 minutes of the contest during Stanford's game-opening 5-0 run.

Fellow freshman Sawyer Rhodes took a Dylan Woodhead pass and punched home Stanford's first goal of the match. He followed a Hallock score with his second goal of the match to end the first quarter, as Cody Smith delivered a cross pass to the freshman for the score.

The Cardinal capped its five-goal run midway through the second quarter as Jackson Kimbell found Hallock inside and the freshman punched it home from the doorstep.

Smith countered a two-goal Bucknell (12-9) spurt with a score just before time expired in the second period to give Stanford a 6-2 halftime advantage.

Hallock capped his four-goal night with a penalty-shot score 40 seconds into the second half. The Cardinal added a pair of goals from Bennett Williams and one each from Kimbell and Blake Parrish in the second half for the 11-3 victory.

Senior Drew Holland played the entire match in goal, posting his sixth consecutive double-digit save performance with 12 stops against the Bison. Bucknell goalie Charlie Niehaus was tested frequently, finishing the contest with 13 saves.

The win improved Stanford to 3-0 at home this season.

Stanford 20, Wagner 5

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - Eight different members of the Cardinal scored as No. 4 Stanford cruised to a 20-5 victory over Wagner in the nightcap of a Friday evening men's water polo doubleheader sweep at Avery Aquatic Center.

Senior Reid Chase and sophomore Bennett Williams paced the Cardinal with four goals apiece as Stanford posted its fifth consecutive victory. Senior Jackson Kimbell also posted a hat trick, while fellow senior Cody Smith, sophomores Dylan Woodhead and Nelson Perla-Ward, and freshman Ben Hallock each recorded two goals to round out Stanford's double-digit scorers in the match.

Smith and Connor Stapleton opened the scoring with a goal apiece to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead 1:32 into the contest. The opening quarter closed with nine total goals in the frame, with Stanford posting seven scores.

The Cardinal (11-3) blanked the Seahawks (9-12) in the second quarter, while stretching its lead to 11-2 at the half with four goals in the period.

Stanford recorded 15 unanswered goals, holding Wagner scoreless for a span of 21:17 from the middle of the first quarter to the middle of the fourth quarter. The Cardinal built a 19-2 lead during the span.

The 20 goals against Wagner marked the fifth time this season the Cardinal has reached the 20-goal mark in 14 matches.

Senior goalie Drew Holland posted a pair of saves in the first quarter, before handing it over to Andrew Chun. The sophomore goalie registered 12 stops over the final three quarters. Wagner goalie Cameron Woldt finished with five saves.

Stanford closes its four-game homestand on Saturday as the Cardinal hosts No. 7 Pepperdine at 1 p.m. PT at Avery Aquatic Center.

Iona 17, Penn State Behrend 5

Recap by PSB

NEW ROCHELLE, Ny. -- With the offense managing only five goals, the Penn State Behrend men's water polo team fell 17-5 to Iona in tonight's match at Hynes Pool. Sophomore Andre Sardaryzadeh (Murrieta, CA/Elsinore) tallied two goals and an assist for the Lions (4-10). Troy Valkusky (Drifton, PA/Hazleton), Grant Garcia (Kingsburg, CA/Kingsburg), and Leo Suarez (West Palm Beach, FL/Forest Hill Community) had one goal apiece. The offense made 14 turnovers. On defense, freshman Matt Olimski (San Diego, CA/Otay Ranch) recorded 13 saves and added one steal. Garcia and Isaak Hatopp (Saline, MI/Saline) both had two steals while Sardaryzadeh and Mark Ercolani (North Wales, PA/North Penn) notched one steal each. Ion jumped out to a 4-0 in the opening four minutes of the match. At the 2:42 mark, the Gaels hit one more unanswered goal for a 5-0 advantage over the Lions. Valkusky and Garcia scored back-to-back goals 31 seconds apart to bring the game within three. Iona would tally a goal with 32 seconds on the clock to make the score 6-2 at the end of the first. Just over a minutes into the second quarter, Iona would find the back of the net to increase the lead to 7-2. The Gaels would score two more before Sardaryzadeh ended the scoring streak in the final minute of the half with a goal of his own. The Lions were unable to tally a goal in the third quarter, getting outscored 3-0 to make the game 12-3 going into the final quarter of the match. The Gaels added three more goals early in the fourth before Sardaryzadeh found his second goal of the contest. Iona responded 20 seconds later with another goal, giving them a 16-4 edge. After the Gaels notched their 17th goal, Suarez ended the scoring in the game to finalize the score 17-5. Behrend faces La Salle at 10 a.m. and Washington & Jefferson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in New London, Connecticut.