MPSF Water Polo Results, Nov. 5

McQuin Baron, USC
Nov. 5, 2017

USC 11, Pacific 7

Recap by USC Sports Information

STOCKTON, CALIF. — The No. 1 USC men’s water polo team was back in winning mode in piecing together a balanced effort to beat No. 5 host Pacific today in an 11-7 decision in Stockton. The Trojans scored the first four goals of the game and shut out the Tigers in the second period to establish control. Senior goalie McQuin Baron notched his 1,000th career save with his first of 16 stops in the win, while eight different Trojans got on the scoresheet to lift USC to 22-2 overall on the year.

James Walters opened the scoring once again, finishing off a pass from Thomas Dunstan to light the scoring fire for the Trojans. Dunstan would punch up a goal of his own soon after to make it a run, and Lachlan Edwards added to it with back-to-back blasts from 2-meters, and the Trojans were enjoying a 4-0 lead on the Tigers just six minutes into the match. Pacific was able to break through next, however, managing back-to-back scores within 30 seconds of one another, and it was a 4-2 scoreline at the end of the first frame. In the second, the Trojans hit their stride. With the defense clicking and Baron continuing to rack up saves, the USC offense got four new scorers on the docket. Blake Edwards would hand-deliver two goals, including a counterattack finish that had the Trojans up 9-2 by halftime. Marko Vavic had nabbed the steal to set up that counter, going along with the freshman’s goal that started it all in the second. Vavic’s slam at the post sparked the five-goal rally for the Trojans, with Marin Dasic and Matteo Morelli also drumming up key goals as USC put itself solidly in the driver’s seat.

Pacific tried to crack USC’s resolve with back-to-back scores to start the second half, scoring on a 6-on-5 and then converting a 5-meter penalty shot to make it 9-4. Grant Stein and Vavic would pad out the USC advantage in the next stretch, however, and USC was gripping an 11-4 advantage entering the fourth. There, USC’s offense would come up empty while Pacific managed three more goals — including another penalty shot for the Tigers — but USC’s margin was too much for Pacific to overcome. As Baron wrapped up his 16-save outing in goal, the Trojans held tight to the victory, finishing out a road split with an 11-7 win over the No. 5 Tigers.

USC now returns to Los Angeles to set up for its final regular-season contest of the year. The Trojans will pay a visit to crosstown rival UCLA for a 1 p.m. MPSF clash on Saturday (Nov. 11) in Westwood. That game will be key in determining seedings for the coming MPSF Tournament as well as holding NCAA berth implications.


Recap by UCLA Sports Information

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Third-ranked UCLA (17-3, 0-2) concluded its non-conference slate of the 2017 season with a 14-6 win over No. 11 San Jose State (13-11) at West Valley College in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday afternoon. UCLA improved to 11-1 all-time against San Jose State.

Senior Matt Farmer led the Bruins with three goals while freshman Luke Henriksson and senior Alex Roelse each scored twice. Redshirt sophomore Alex Wolf played the first half in goal for the Bruins and made three stops while giving up three goals. Senior Aleksandar Ruzic played the second half in the cage for UCLA, also registering three saves while surrendering three scores.

The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a penalty score from Roelse (5:45) and a goal at set from Farmer (5:00). Finn Pardon cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play goal (2:37) for San Jose State. But senior Max Irving converted another penalty shot for a 3-1 lead with 43 seconds remaining in the first period. Luka Cupic ended the scoring in the first with a power play score (0:08) to cut the lead to 3-2.

UCLA scored the first three goals of the second quarter as freshman Nicolas Saveljic scored on a counter (6:21), Farmer scored again from two meters (4:09) and Roelse scored his second on a counter attack (2:08) to put UCLA up 6-2. After Jackson Kennedy scored from the front court for SJSU (1:38), Henriksson scored on a counter attack (0:45) to give UCLA a 7-3 lead at the break.

Junior David Stiling scored on a counter (6:27) and freshman Evan Rosenfeld added a power play goal (5:21) to open the scoring in the third quarter with UCLA leading 9-3. Jacob Mercep scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity for the Spartans (5:02) to cut the lead to 9-4, but Farmer completed his hat trick with another goal at set (4:03) to give the Bruins a 10-4 cushion. Another power play goal for SJSU, this time by Cade Baldridge (3:19) cut it to 10-5, but back-to-back counter goals by Bruin freshmen Chasen Travisano (1:39) and Felix Brozyna-Vilim (0:17) ended the scoring in the third with UCLA leading 12-5.

Senior James Robinson opened the scoring in the fourth with a power play goal (4:38) to extend the lead to 13-5. Cupic scored his second goal of the game for SJSU with a strike from the front court (1:51) that made it 13-6. Henriksson scored from the front court (1:26) for the Bruins to provide the 14-6 final.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday, Nov. 11 when they host USC on "Senior Day" on the Pac-12 Networks at 1:00 p.m. PT.