MPSF Water Polo Results, Oct. 22

Stanford's Mitchell Mendoza (Photo by Stanford)
Oct. 22, 2017

Stanford 20, St. Francis-PA 4

Recap by Stanford

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Eleven different members of the Cardinal scored as No. 4 Stanford cruised to its seventh consecutive victory, downing St. Francis Brooklyn, 20-4, Sunday as part of the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament at Santa Clara.

Seniors Cody Smith and Jackson Kimbell, junior Mitchell Mendoza and freshman Ben Hallock each recorded a hat trick in the win. Smith paced the Cardinal with a game-high four scorers. Seniors Reid Chase, Sam Pfeil and Connor Stapleton, junior Marco Stanchi, sophomore Bennett Williams and freshmen Tyler Abramson and Sawyer Rhodes added a goal apiece in the victory.

First-quarter goals from Abramson, Kimbell, Hallock, Smith and Pfeil gave Stanford an early 5-1 lead. The Cardinal stretched it to 8-2 by halftime and used a seven-goal scoring barrage in the third quarter to build a 15-3 advantage. Mendoza scored all three of his goals in the fourth quarter to highlight five more Stanford scores in the final frame.

The 20 goals scored Sunday against the Terriers marked the sixth time in 16 matches this season Stanford has produced at least 20 scores in a match.

Defensively, senior goalie Drew Holland posted six saves, before handing it over to sophomore Andrew Chun in the second half. Chun finished with a pair of saves over the final 16 minutes.

Stanford will travel south next weekend to face Long Beach State on Saturday (Oct. 28) at noon and UC Irvine on Sunday (Oct. 29) at 1 p.m.

Cal 14, Long Beach State 8

Recap by Cal

LONG BEACH, Calif. - A defensive slugfest after one period turned in favor of the Cal men's water polo team in the second period as the No. 3-ranked Bears built a four-goal lead by halftime and pulled away for a 14-8 victory over No. 8 Long Beach State to cap a two-win weekend in Southern California.

Goals were hard to come by over the first eight minutes as a lone score from Luca Cupido kept Cal (17-1) locked in a 1-1 draw with the host 49ers after one period. That deadlock broke in a big way over the next eight minutes though as the Bears erupted for six goals in the second, led by a pair from center Odysseas Masmanidis, and took a 7-3 lead by the midway point of the match.

Masmanidis, who tallied a hat trick in Saturday's win over No. 2 UCLA, pushed Cal's lead to five with the first goal of the third period and scores from Spencer Farrar, Nikos Delagrammatikas and Cupido extended the advantage to 11-3 midway through the period. Cupido, Johnny Hooper and Jordan Hoover closed out the scoring and Cal finished off the win at Lindgren Aquatics Center.

Cupido finished as the game's top scorer as he added four goals to move his team and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation-leading season total to 50. The senior from Italy also enjoyed another standout all-around match, adding three steals, two assists, one field block and four ejections earned.

Masmanidis recorded his second-straight hat trick and drew three ejections while Hooper scored twice and had five steals, three assists and two ejections earned. Delagrammatikas added two goals and Farrar, Hoover and Safak Simsek each scored once.

Kevin Le Vine drew the start in the cage and made seven saves while also adding two assists. Spencer Tagg played the final half of the fourth period and stopped five shots. Cal continued its defensive activity as a team, recording seven field blocks and swiping 10 steals.

Cal now takes a week off from competition as it gears up to host USC in the 2017 home finale on Nov. 4. A start time for that match has yet to be announced. The regular season concludes on Nov. 9 at Stanford.

Penn State Behrend 17, Connecticut College 10

Recap by PSB

NEW LONDON, Ct. -- Matt Olimski (San Diego, CA/Otay Ranch) breaks the 13 year-old single game saves record after tallying 24 saves in the win over Connecticut College 17-10 Sunday afternoon. The Lions (6-11) took on the Camels (7-12) for the second time this season in the fourth game of the weekend in Connecticut. Last week, Connecticut College defeated Behrend 12-9 in a very close game. Grant Garcia (Kingsburg, CA/Kingsburg) netted five goals, two assists, and a steal while Troy Valkusky (Drifton, PA/Hazleton) added three goals, two steals, and an assist in the win. In this rematch, the Lions got on the board first, scoring just over two minutes into the game. Andre Sardaryzadeh (Murrieta, CA/Elsinore) notched two first quarter goals while Garcia and Mike Geary (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Prep) each scored to give Behrend a 4-2 edge at the end of the first. Both teams traded goals in the opening 29 seconds of the second. Garcia would add another goal 11 seconds later to push the Lions' lead to 6-3 in the beginning of the quarter. With the help of Garcia, Valkusky, and Kyle Frerichs (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge), Behrend would close out the quarter on a 3-1 run, making the game 9-4 at halftime. The Lions would continue their scoring streak throughout the remainder of the game, adding three goals in the third and five in the fourth. Cam Makin (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) recorded two goals on the day. Sardaryzadeh and Frerichs dished out five and two assists, respectively, to help the Lions find their sixth win of the season. Behrend is back in action when they host Gannon at 10 a.m. on Saturday.