MPSF Water Polo Results, Oct. 28

Grant Stein, USC (Photo by John McGillen).
Oct. 28, 2017

USC 24, San Jose State 8

Recap by USC Sports information

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC men's water polo team let its depth shine through in a resounding 24-8 win over visiting No. 11 San José State. After a Senior Day ceremony to honor the Trojans' 13-man senior class, every single senior had a hand in stoking USC to victory at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The win improves the Trojans to 21-1 overall on the year.

In a display of USC's depth, two seniors, one sophomore and one freshman registered hat tricks in the win, while 12 other Trojans -- including eight more seniors -- got on the scoresheet today. Senior goalie McQuin Baron, meanwhile, hauled in seven saves in three periods of work while helping the USC defense shut out the Spartans in the third period of play. He'd give way to redshirt sophomore Simon Wu for the fourth period as USC rounded out the 24-8 win with goals coming from four new Trojan scorers.

USC peeled out to a 7-0 lead in the game as senior Grant Stein, freshman Marko Vavic and sophomore Marin Dasic each struck twice in the rally to make two steps toward their eventual hat tricks on the day. In fact, each Trojan who scored in that opening surge would wind up with three-goal games, as senior captain James Walters plugged in the opener en route to a hat trick he'd finish off by the third period.

San José State broke its silence with back-to-back goals from the prolific Jacob Mercep by the end of the first, but USC got back to it out of the gates in the second. Vavic had his hat trick in the books early in hammering home the first goal of the second period, and Matt Maier and senior Matteo Morelli went back-to-back for the Trojan cause soon after to follow up another Spartan goal, making it 10-3 Trojans. A SJSU 6-on-5 would go as planned for the Spartans, but USC scored two to answer, with Walters delivering his second and Lazar Pasuljevic joining the senior class scoring trend with a laser that made it 12-4 Trojans for halftime.

To start the second half, USC's senior class truly stepped up. Murphy Slater let loose a ripper to make it 13-4, and Tim Leong rifled one in next to make it 14-4. Less than a minute later, redshirt senior Mitch Embrey delivered a blast out of set, and USC's Senior Day was in serious effect. Every goal in the third period came from a USC senior, with Walters and Stein each finishing off their hat tricks before Mihajlo Milicevic delivered a field block that sent USC back on the attack. There, Morelli found fellow senior Lachlan Edwards for a shove at the post and an 18-4 lead. Senior goalie Baron made the save against an SJSU power play next, and then senior Blake Edwards tucked the ball into the top corner to make it 19-4 Trojans in the final minute of the third. USC and the Spartans would go goal-for-goal in the fourth, but it was another USC senior who had the last word on the offensive end for the Trojans. Brock Hudnut would tack up the final USC goal as he finished off a USC power play, taking a pass from Walters and then burying it to wrap up a 24-8 win for the Trojans in home waters.

USC will play out the rest of the regular season with a series of road games. Next week, the Trojans will visit Cal for a key MPSF clash at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Nov. 4) in Berkeley. The next day, USC takes on Pacific in a 1 p.m. matchup in Stockton on Sunday (Nov. 5).

Stanford 10, Long Beach State 9

Recap by Stanford Sports Information

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Freshman Ben Hallock (four) and senior Jackson Kimbell (three) accounted for seven of Stanford men's water polo's 10 goals as the Cardinal held off a late surge from Long Beach State to defeat the 49ers, 10-9, Saturday at Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center.

Kimbell's third goal of the match gave Stanford (14-3) a 10-6 lead over Long Beach State (11-11) with 3:44 to play. The 49ers mounted a late surge with three goals over a span of 1:20 in the final quarter to cut the Cardinal lead to just one goal with a little more than two minutes remaining.

The Cardinal defense clamped down from there, recording a late field block to seal the win. Sophomore goalie Andrew Chun started in the cage for the Cardinal, posting seven saves.

Stanford erased an early deficit in the match as Kimbell and Hallock posted their first goals of the contest to give the Cardinal a 3-2 lead after one quarter of play.

Hallock recorded his second score of the match with 52 seconds remaining in the half to put Stanford up for good with a 4-3 advantage at the half.

Stanford opened the second half with four of the next five goals as the Cardinal stretched its lead to 8-4 late in the third quarter. Hallock converted a penalty shot after a Connor Stapleton goal to begin the surge. Kimbell followed a Blake Parrish score with a goal in the final three minutes of the third period for the four-goal advantage.

Hallock and Kimbell added one more scorer apiece in the fourth for the 10-6 lead, and Stanford held off Long Beach State late for the one-goal win.

Hallock notched his 10th hat trick of the season in the Cardinal victory. He has scored at least one goal in all 17 games this season. The eight consecutive victories is the most since Stanford opened the 2015 season 8-0.

Stanford will play its final road game of the regular-season on Sunday, when the Cardinal visits No. 6 UC Irvine at 1 p.m. PT in Irvine, Calif.

Gannon 15, Penn State Behrend 11

Recap by PSB Sports Information

ERIE, Pa. -- The Penn State Behrend men's water polo fell in a close battle to Gannon Saturday morning by a score of 15-11. Senior Troy Valkusky (Drifton, PA/Hazleton) led the Lions (6-12) with a hat trick and two steals. Freshman Norberto Menendez (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit Prep) scored twice for Behrend while goalie Matt Olimski (San Diego, CA/Otay Ranch) played the entire game in goal, registering 15 saves, five assists, and 4 steals while surrendering 15 goals. Jack Donnelly got the Golden Knights (14-6) on the board first with a score just under three minutes into the match. Then Zarko Sadikovic put Gannon up 2-0 a minute later. Valkusky cut the lead in half for the Lions after netting a goal at the 3:39 mark. Gannon would end the first quarter on a three-goal scoring streak to push the score to 5-1. Ethan Hamp opened up the scoring for the Golden Knights 26 seconds into the second, extending the lead to 6-1. But Cameron Makin (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) retaliated 14 seconds later when he finished a shot to give Behrend its second goal of the contest. After a pair of goals were exchanged between the teams, Gannon would tally two more to make the score 9-3. With the help of Valkusky and Greg Kinzler (Plum, PA/Agra Charter Cyber School) the Lions would bury two goals just 21 seconds apart. Then, with 14 seconds remaining, Menendez found his first goal of the match to cut the lead to three going into halftime. Gannon took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring five unanswered goals to jump out to a 14-6 lead. Mark Ercolani (North Wales, PA/North Penn) broke the Golden Knights streak after notching a goal with five seconds left in the third. Bryce Barnes (Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor) netted a goal 33 seconds into the fourth, making the score 14-8. But Tim Baer responded just 18 seconds later with a goal of his own. The Lions fought throughout the fourth, going on a three-goal scoring streak. But it was not enough to overcome Gannon's defense, ending the game 15-11. Grant Garcia (Kingsburg, CA/Kingsburg) tallied three steals in the match while Valkusky and Davis Kraft (Houston, TX/Langham Creek) would add two steals each. Kinzler would also dish out two assists in the game. Behrend returns to action when they travel to Palo Alto, CA for the MPSF Championships on November 17.

UCLA 12, Pacific 11

Recap by UCLA Sports Information

LOS ANGELES-- Second-ranked UCLA (16-2) jumped out to a 12-8 lead and ran out the clock on the visiting fifth-ranked Pacific Tigers (14-4)on Saturday evening to post a 12-11 win in a nonconference game at Dirks Pool at SpiekerAquatics Center.UCLA improves 48-4 all-time against Pacific.

Senior Matt Farmer led all scorers with a game-high four goals and senior Alex Roelse added a hat trick for the Bruins. Senior AleksandarRuzicgot the starting nod in goal for the Bruins and made eight saves while allowing 11 goals (seven on power plays).

Andres Schmidt opened the scoring with a power play goal on a redirect at the 6:32 mark of the first period. Senior Matt Farmer answered on the Bruins' next possession when he took a pass from Austin Rone to score on a one-timer on a 6-on-5 opportunity (6:03) to tie it at 1-1. Then freshmen ChasenTravisanocaught the Pacific goalie out of the cage after an exclusion and scored a power play goal to put the Bruins up 2-1 (2:55). Senior Max Irving then scored on a counter to push the lead to 3-1 (1:28), ending the scoring in the first.

Freshman Quinten Osborne opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from two meters (7:11) to extend the lead to 4-1. Engin Ege Colak scored a power play goal to cut the lead to 4-2 (5:46). Farmer then scored his second on a power play off an assist from Travisano (5:08) to push the lead to 5-2. Kale Ai scored from the front court for Pacific (3:58) to cut the lead to 5-3. ButRoelsescored from the front court from seven meters out (3:36) to push the lead to 6-3. Then Roelse added his second from distance after an ordinary (1:09) to give the Bruins a 7-3 advantage. Ben Stevenson ended the scoring in the second quarter with a power play goal (0:43) to provide the 7-4 halftime score in favor of UCLA.

Farmer completed his hat trick with a beautiful off-speed lob shot over the goalie to open the scoring in the third (5:55) to extend the lead to 8-4. Then freshman Nicolas Saveljic scored a power play goal (4:53) to make it 9-4. Luke Pavillard cut it to 9-5 with a power play goal for the Tigers (3:38). But the Bruins answered with a goal at set from Farmer (3:19) his fourth of the game, and a goal from the front court by Irving (2:16) his second of the contest, to stretch the lead to 11-5, ending the scoring in the period.

Pacific opened the fourth with back-to-back power play goals by Pavillard(7:23) and Colak(6:17) to cut it to 11-7. Then Roelse scored on a counter (4:34) to complete a hat trick to push the lead to 12-7. Ai scored his second of the game on a power play for Pacific (4:21) to cut it to 12-8. Two more meaningless power play goals by Pacific (1:23, 0:55) followed to cut the lead to 12-10 as the Bruins were running out the clock in the final four minutes of the game. Luis Araya scored from distance (0:10) to trim the lead to 12-11 as the Bruins held the ball for the final seconds to secure the win.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday, Nov. 4 at No. 4 Stanford in an MPSFgame on the Pac-12 Networks at 12:30 p.m. PT.

USC 25, Concordia 3 (Friday, Oct. 27)

Recap by USC Sports Information

IRVINE, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC men's water polo team had 13 different Trojans get in on the scoring action while USC goalies McQuin Baron and Will Rubschlager anchored the USC defense with a shutout period apiece in a 25-3 Trojan victory over host Concordia today in Irvine. Senior Matteo Morelli served up this third career five-goal game to pace the USC offense this one to help secure USC's 20th win of 2017. The Trojans are now 20-1 overall on the year. USC will return to home waters tomorrow (Oct. 28) to set up for a Senior Day celebration prior to taking on No. 11 San José State at 1 p.m. at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

USC had four seniors take up the scoring responsibility in the first period to counter an early goal by Concordia and a 5-meter penalty shot slotted by the Eagles. Grant Stein would answer that penalty strike with a score off a setup from Marin Dasic to make it 5-2 Trojans by the end of the first frame. Matteo Morelli had a hat trick in the books by the early goings of the second as he rifled in his third to make it 6-2 Trojans, sparking an eight-minute stretch that was all-USC. James Walters' second goal came during a flurry of USC scoring, with Morelli adding another and Marko Vavic punching in a pair. Meanwhile, the USC defense held its ground with Baron in the cage for a second-period shutout that helped USC to an 11-2 advantage at halftime.

Morelli's fifth goal would kick off the second half of action, while Blake Edwards sandwiched a single Concordia goal with a pair of his own to make it 14-3 Trojans. A set of new USC scorers stepped up next, with Lazar Pasuljevic ripping in two of his eventual three goals in the win, while Mihajlo Milicevic and Mitch Embrey delivered their first goals of the day. That had USC ahead 18-3 entering the fourth, where Will Rubschlager took over the cage for Baron. Under Rubschlager's watch, Concordia would be silenced in the final frame. And as Sam Slobodien worked his way into a hat trick on the day, Tim Leong, Thomas Dunstan, Marin Dasic and Christian Emerson joined the scoresheet to top off a 25-3 win for the Trojans.