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Cardinal Falls At Pacific
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/29/2013
STOCKTON, Calif. – No. 3 Stanford’s comeback bid fell short Sunday afternoon and the Cardinal dropped a 14-12 decision to No. 5 Pacific in Stockton.

The Cardinal (7-2, 0-1 MPSF) returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 5, hosting its 2013 home opener at 12 p.m. against Santa Clara at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford fell into a 7-2 hole with 7:25 left in the second period against the Tigers (9-1, 1-0 MPSF) Sunday. The Cardinal steadily battled back into the game, pulling within a goal at 12-11 with 7:54 left to play, but the Tigers would score two straight goals and capture the win.  

Forrest Watkins scored five times to lead the Cardinal while Bret Bonanni scored four times, BJ Churnside twice and Alex Bowen once. On defense Drew Holland made five saves.

Pacific got hat tricks from the trio of Balazs Erdelyi, Goran Tomasevic and Kevin Oliveira, while Alex Obert and Aleksandar Petrovic each scored twice and Kristian Laczkovics added a goal.

Stanford forced 14 saves from Tigers goalie Alex Malkis in the contest.

The game started quickly, with the teams scoring thrice over the opening 1:34. Bonanni opened it up 56 seconds in, then followed Oliveira’s equalizer to put the Cardinal in front 2-1.

Yet that would be the last goal for the Cardinal until the 4:29 mark in the second period. Tomasevic started a 6-0 run with 5:53 left in the first period and Erdelyi put the Tigers in front at 3-2 with 5:11 to go in the frame. Pacific would score three more times before the end of the frame, then Tomasevic scored 35 seconds into the second to make it 7-2.

Bonanni scored twice to cut the deficit to three at 7-4, then the teams would trade goals before halftime, at which Pacific held the 8-5 edge. Seven combined goals over the opening 3:49 of the third period would result in Pacific holding a 12-8 lead, but it was at this point that the Cardinal found some momentum. Watkins scored three straight goals starting with 2:26 to go in the third and capping the run six seconds into the fourth.

At this point the offenses would hit a snag until Petrovic ended a scoreless stretch of 7:37 for the Tigers at 4:34 of the fourth period, making it 13-11. Pacific would continue to limit the Cardinal offense and stretched its lead to three with Erdelyi’s penalty shot with 3:09 to play. Stanford would get a goal from Bowen with six seconds remaining to account for the final score. 

Stanford – 2 3 5 2 = 12
Pacific – 6 2 4 2 = 14

Stanford Goal Scorers: Watkins 5, Bonanni 4, Churnside 2, Bowen
Pacific Goal Scorers: Erdelyi 3, Oliveira 3, Tomasevic 3, Obert 2, Petrovic 2, Laczkovic
Goalie Saves: Holland 5 (S); Malkis 14 (P)


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