IRVINE, Calif. – No. 4 Stanford dropped a pair of decisions Sunday, the last an 11-10 defeat to No. 3 Pacific, to finish fourth at the UCI Invitational in Irvine.
The Cardinal (10-4) lost 10-5 to No. 1 UCLA in Sunday morning’s semifinal prior to the late afternoon’s third-place game loss to Pacific. Stanford will face the Bruins at Avery Aquatic Center next Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in a contest that will air on tape-delay on the Pac-12 Network Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m. The Cardinal will also host UC Davis Sunday at 12 p.m.
Bret Bonanni scored five goals to lead the Cardinal Sunday, followed by three apiece from Alex Bowen and Forrest Watkins. In goal, freshman Drew Holland made a combined 15 saves over the two contests.
Stanford took a quick 3-0 lead within the opening 2:16 Sunday afternoon against Pacific behind two goals from Bowen and one from Bonanni. Pacific pulled one back thanks to Balazs Szabo with 5:21 left in the period then cut the Stanford lead to one when Aleksandar Petrovic scored two seconds before the horn.
Balazs Erdelyi pulled the Tigers even 52 seconds into the second period, but Stanford’s offense would respond with back-to-back goals from Bonanni and Conner Cleary, making it 5-3 with 3:49 to go in the half. However, Erdelyi would halve the Cardinal lead just over a minute later and another final-minute goal, this one from Ben Stevenson, knotted the score at 5-5 at the break.
Goran Tomasevic gave Pacific its first lead of the game with 5:39 to go in the third frame but BJ Churnside would answer for the Cardinal 26 seconds later. The Tigers would score twice to take an 8-6 lead but Bonanni and Forrest Watkins would each score either side of the third-period break to tie it up at eight-apiece.
Tomasevic and Bonanni would trade goals with just under four minutes to go in the fourth period before Alex Obert gave Pacific a 10-9 lead with 2:56 to go. The defenses would hold for the next two minutes but Obert would score a back-breaking goal for the Tigers with 35 seconds to play, putting them ahead 11-9. Although Bonanni would score 10 seconds later, Pacific was able to run out the clock and capture the win.
Holland made 10 saves in the contest while Alex Malkis stopped 13 shots for the Tigers. Bonanni scored five times for the Cardinal, Bowen twice, and Churnside, Cleary and Watkins each added a goal.
In the morning, Stanford trailed 2-1 to the top-ranked Bruins following Connor Stapleton’s goal with 1:45 left in the first period. But the Cardinal offense would suffer a scoring drought of 19:01 after Stapleton’s goal while UCLA would go on a five-goal run to take a 7-1 lead with 7:04 remaining in the contest.
The Cardinal would break its cold spell when Watkins scored with 6:44 to play and added a second 51 seconds later. But UCLA would shut down the comeback attempt, as Chris Wendt and Gordon Marshall each scored to make it 9-3. Bowen and Jackson Kimbell would add goals for the Cardinal but it would be too late as UCLA took the 10-5 decision.
Holland made five saves in the contest.
Stanford – 1 0 0 4 = 5
UCLA – 2 2 2 4 = 10
Stanford Goal Scorers: Watkins 2, Bowen, Kimbell, Stapleton
UCLA Goal Scorers: Marshall 2, McLintick 2, Wendt 2, Fellner, Milos, L. Reynolds, P. Reynolds
Goalie Saves: Holland 5 (S); Danner 12 (UCLA)
Stanford – 3 2 2 3 = 10
Pacific – 2 3 3 3 = 11
Stanford Goal Scorers: Bonanni 5, Bowen 2, Churnside, Cleary, Watkins
Pacific Goal Scorers: Erdelyi 2, Obert 2, Petrovic 2, Szabo 2, Tomasevic 2, Stevenson
Goalie Saves: Holland 10 (S); Malkis 13 (P)