MPSF Tournament Schedule & Results, Nov. 17

Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center hosts the 2017 MPSF Championship Tournament (Nov. 17-19). Photo courtesy of Stanford.
Nov. 17, 2017

MPSF Men's Water Polo Release 11

MPSF Men's Water Polo Stats

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Host: Stanford University; Avery Aquatics Center

Friday-Sunday, November 17-19, 2017

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Friday, November 17

Game 1: No. 4 seed USC (A4) 17, No. 5 seed Penn State Behrend (A5) 2

Game 2: No. 4 seed USC (A4) 10, No. 1 seed Stanford (A1) 5

Recap by USC

PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- The No. 4 seeded USC men's water polo team made a statement and a power move into the MPSF title match with two wins on day one of the MPSF Tournament in Palo Alto today, following up a 17-2 win over Penn State Behrend with a crucial 10-5 victory over top-seeded host Stanford. Now 24-3 overall on the year, the Trojans will turn to face No. 3 seed UCLA in a 1 p.m. championship bout on Sunday (Nov. 19) at Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto.

The Trojans kicked off their day's work with a dominant performance against No. 5 seed Penn State Behrend this morning, drumming up a 3-0 lead out of the gates before surrendering a goal to the Bears, which sparked a 14-goal scoring surge. Along the way, Sam Slobodien popped in four goals for the Trojan cause, while Marin Dasic, Bryce Hoerman and Lachlan Edwards plugged in a pair apiece as USC gripped a 17-1 lead entering the final frame. There, PSB got one last goal to go, wrapping things as a 17-2 USC final victory. USC goalies McQuin Baron and Will Rubschlager shared time in the cage, allowing a goal apiece while combining for nine total saves.

With that victory providing a confidence boost for the Trojans, USC would turn to square off against top-seeded host Stanford in a must-win game to keep hopes alive for an NCAA berth. Once again, USC opened up a 3-0 lead on its opponent, with Marko Vavic kicking off the game before Mihajlo Milicevic going back-to-back to bust open that 3-0 advantage for the Trojans. Stanford would strike before the end of the frame to make it 3-1, then started the second with a goal to cut USC's lead down to one. That's where Zach D'Sa would step in and pad it back to two, up 4-2 on the Cardinal. Again, Stanford fired back and had it a one-goal margin again at 4-3. Again, D'Sa did the dirty work and fired up another clutch score to make it 5-3 Trojans. Then Marin Dasic got in on the action, and the Trojans took a 6-3 lead late in the half.

That score would end up standing up at halftime, and USC would bust out of the break on a mission. Vavic delivered again, tugging the Trojans ahead 7-3 early in the third. Later, after some big stops from goalie McQuin Baron, it was Matteo Morelli who ripped in a big one for USC, taking his squad out to an 8-3 advantage by the close of the third.

In the fourth, Lachlan Edwards tore off a booming backhand to plunge USC ahead 9-3. Baron would put a stop to yet another Stanford attack, and then it was Slobodien who earned a power play for the Trojans. Lazar Pasuljevic would find Vavic for his third goal of the game, and USC was in solid position, up 10-3 on the Cardinal with just 3 minutes to go. Stanford managed two goals in the final stretch, but it wasn't near enough to throw the Trojans off course.

USC now gets its third look at UCLA this season, aiming to break the cycle and beat the Bruins in order to claim the Trojans' second straight MPSF Tournament title. The 1 p.m. championship bout on Sunday (Nov. 19) will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

Game 3: No. 3 seed UCLA (B3) 8, No. 2 seed California (B2) 5

Recap by Cal

STANFORD, Calif. - With offense tough to come by and a determined UCLA squad across the pool, the Cal men's water polo team fought for four periods but couldn't mount the comeback it needed to overcome the Bruins as the Bears fell 8-5 to open play at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships hosted by Stanford.

Cal (18-3) will return to Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday at noon to face Penn State Behrend. The winner of that match will play the host Cardinal for third place on Sunday at 11 a.m. The third-place match, along with the championship match that follows, will be broadcast live by Pac-12 Networks.

A pair of quick goals from UCLA put Cal (18-3) in position to chase the lead right away but the Bears responded just as fast as Luca Cupido found the corner of the net to put his team on the board and Safak Simsek followed with a power play goal to leave the score tied at 2 with one period down.

Goals by Odysseas Masmanidis and Johnny Hooper kept Cal close in the second period but UCLA (19-3) took another small measure of momentum into halftime as a deflected shot found the net just as the buzzer sounded to leave the Bruins up 6-4 at intermission. A scoreless third period left Cal down 7-4 heading to the fourth.

A highlight-reel goal from Hooper came courtesy of a great spin and pass from Cupido in transition and brought Cal within two with 5:08 left. That was all Cal got in the way of scoring though as UCLA added one more goal and ended the match with a three-goal victory. Senior Kevin Le Vine finished with six saves for the Bears.

Game 4: No. 1 seed Stanford (A1) 15, No. 5 seed Penn State Behrend (A5) 0

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford blanked Penn State Behrend 15-0 on Friday evening in the final match of the opening day at the MPSF Championship. Tyler Abramson registered a hat trick, scoring all three of his goals after halftime. Stanford (19-4, 2-1 MPSF) seized control early, jumping out to an 8-0 advantage in the first period before building an 11-0 lead at intermission. Also scoring twice for the Cardinal were Jackson Kimbell, Blake Parrish, Nelson Perla-Ward, Cody Smith and Marco Stanchi. Top-seeded Stanford, which fell to USC 10-5 earlier in the day, next faces second-seeded California in Sunday's third-place game (11 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) with a possible NCAA at-large bid at stake.

Saturday, November 18

Game 5: Penn State Behrend vs. California ---12:00 pm

(winner advances to 3rd place game)

Sunday, November 19

Game 6 (3rd-Place): Game 5 Winner vs. Stanford---11:00 am (Pac-12 Networks)

Game 7 (Championship): UCLA vs. USC---1:00 pm (Pac-12 Networks)