CLAREMONT, Calif. - UC San Diego used a five goal first period to defeat Pomona-Pitzer 9-5 in the first of two games Saturday. The Tritons continued the season trend with a balanced scoring attack, led by two apiece from Joe Dietrich, Tommy Friedrich and Luca De Vivo in the win. In the second game of the afternoon, UCSD couldn't overcome an 8-0 deficit to start the game in a 17-5 loss to No. 1 USC.
Friedrich led the Tritons with four scores on the day, while Cameron Ravanbach (La Jolla/La Jolla HS) amassed 21 saves.
Game One - UCSD 9, Pomona-Pitzer 5
UCSD came out firing on offense, led by two consecutive goals from Dietrich and Friedrich (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS) to open the period. After a Sagehen goal at the 2:54 mark cut the lead to one, the Tritons closed out the period on a three-goal run. De Vivo found the back of the net before Dietrich and Friedrich each tallied their second of the afternoon to lead 5-1.
"We were able to control the entire game, right from the get-go," said head coach Denny Harper. "We had a much better defensive effort today, compared to yesterday."
A lackluster second period from UCSD allowed PP to jump back into the game after being shutout on offense. The Sagehens tallied two goals to head into halftime down 5-3.
The Tritons answered back in the third period, however. Led by Ravanbach in the cage, the UCSD defense blanked the Sagehens in the third. De Vivo scored his second of the match with time winding down in the third to put the Tritons ahead 6-3 heading into the final period.
Jeffrey Jarvis and Tician Toplak opened the fourth with insurance scores for the Tritons, adding to the lead 8-3. With three minutes to go in the match, PP finally ended its scoring drought with a goal but David Higginson (San Diego/The Bishop's School) would end any thought of a comeback, finding the back of the net for the Tritons. The Sagehens would tally one last goal to make the final 9-5 in favor of UCSD.
"We had some issues on the offensive side of the ball, which made the final seem closer that it was," said Harper.
Ravanbach totaled 12 saves in the win for the Tritons while Tyler Hill finished with 13 for Pomona-Pitzer, respectively.
Game Two - UCSD 5, USC 17
No. 1 USC opened the game with eight straight goals and never looked back, defeating UCSD by a final of 17-5 in the concluding game of the weekend. Friedrich tallied two goals in the game to lead UCSD.
"This was a very challenging game, to say the least," said Harper. "However, I was happy with a number of things we did well. We managed to gain some valuable game experience going forward."
Down 8-0, the Tritons were able to jump on the scoreboard following a score from Matt Michalko (San Diego/The Bishop's School) at the 4:07 mark in the second period. USC would close out the quarter with two more goals to head into halftime up 10-1.
The Tritons went down fighting, however, netting three in the third period. Toplak, Friedrich and Jarvis each found the back of the cage to run the score to 15-4.
Friedrich opened the final period with his second goal of the game, but USC proved to be too much to handle in the 17-5 final.
Ravanbach recorded eight saves in the cage for UCSD.
Kostas Genidounias and Connor Virjee recorded hat-tricks to lead the Trojans in scoring, while goalkeeper James Clark saved nine shots in the win.
The Tritons will be back in action next weekend at the NorCal Tournament, hosted by Cal. UCSD begins play with UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9:25 a.m. in Berkeley.
UCSD 5 0 1 3 - 9
PP 1 2 0 2 - 5
UCSD: Cameron Ravanbach12
PP: Tyler Hill 13
UCSD 0 1 3 1 - 5
USC 6 4 1 2 - 17
UCSD: Tommy Friedrich 2, Jeffrey Jarvis 1, Matt Michalko 1, Tician Toplak 1
USC: Kostas Genidounias 3, Connor Virjee 3, Mace Rapsey 3, Nikola Vavic 2, Russell Renteria 1, Jeremy Davie 1, Max Hurst-Medoza 1, Zach Lucas 1, Rex Butler 1, Mac Carden 1
UCSD: Cameron Ravanbach 8
USC: James Clark 9