No. 6 Pacific will host No. 3 California Saturday, Sept. 24, in a non-conference match at 12 p.m. The Tigers will turn around and face No. 14 Concordia (Calif.) and Redlands Sunday, Sept. 25, in back-to-back matches scheduled to start at 12 p.m.
Last Week In Brief
The Tigers played host to the 2011 NorCal Tournament over Sept. 17 and 18. The Orange and Black defeated then-No. 16 Santa Clara 16-9 in its first-round match before falling 9-8 in overtime to then-No. 4 Stanford in a quarterfinal tilt. Pacific rebounded with a 10-7 victory over then-No. 6 UC Irvine to earn a spot in the fifth-place match but lost to then-No. 6 Pepperdine 14-11, finishing sixth out of 16 teams.
A Quick Look Ahead
Pacific will travel south to participate in the 2011 SoCal Tournament in Long Beach, Calif. Hosted by Long Beach State, the tournament takes place over Oct. 1 and 2 and will see the Tigers play four matches in a format identical to the NorCal Tournament.
The Golden Bears enter their match with Pacific at 5-1 on the season, finishing third at the NorCal Tournament. California routed Vanguard 27-3 in its opener before squeaking into the semifinals with an 8-7 win over Pepperdine. California fell to UCLA 6-5 in the semifinals before defeating Stanford 8-7 to claim third place.
Ivan Rackov, the reigning Cutino Award winner (given to the nation's top player), leads the Golden Bears with 25 goals on the season, 13 of which came at the NorCal Tournament. Goalkeeper Justin Parsons had a phenomenal tournament as well, recording 36 saves in three-and-a-half games of work.
The last two matches between Pacific and California have been decided by a total of five goals.
The Eagles own an 11-2 record on the year and finished 11th at the NorCal Tournament. Concordia started the year at 9-0 before dropping two of their last four matches. The Eagles have tallied ten or more goals in ten matches this season.
Augi Arcidiacono registered 10 goals at the NorCal Tournament, including a four-goal effort against Air Force. Goalkeeper Ryan Freerks notched 38 saves in four matches at the tournament.
Redlands comes to Stockton with a 4-8 record but are 2-1 in their last three matches, including an 11-7 victory over NorCal Tournament participant Vanguard. In their three matches with MPSF foes, the Bulldogs have been outscored 56-15.
Pacific head coach James Graham played at Redlands for two seasons, graduating in 2003. During Graham's time as a Bulldog, Redlands never lost a conference match and won back-to-back league titles.
Recapping Last Week
Pacific 16, No. 16 Santa Clara 9
The Tigers jumped on Santa Clara early, going up 7-2 at the end of the first quarter. The two squads played even in the second period as both notched a pair of goals, giving Pacific a 9-4 halftime lead.
A change in the cage for the Orange and Black did not change the score, as the Tigers continued to dominate, taking a 12-6 advantage into the final quarter. Santa Clara managed to cut into Pacific's lead with three straight scores, but the Orange and Black closed with two goals that sealed the victory.
Seniors Tom Koning and Lance Morison led Pacific with four goals apiece while sophomore Balazs Erdelyi achieved a hat trick. Splitting time in the cage were sophomore Alex Malkis and senior Joey Frantz. The two recorded one and seven saves, respectively.
Pacific 8, No. 4 Stanford 9 (2OT)
In what would be a back-and-forth, physical match throughout, the two teams played even in every single quarter. Stanford raced out to a 2-0 lead but were answered by a pair of Pacific goals in a span of 26 seconds. The Tigers took the lead early in the second quarter but the Cardinal equalized, knotting the game at 3-3 going into intermission.
The third quarter saw both squads explode for four goals apiece. Stanford had a quick two-goal advantage but the Orange and Black closed out the period with two goals to tie it at 7-7 heading into the final quarter. The Cardinal again took the lead but the Tigers would not be denied as a goal late in the fourth quarter would send the game into overtime. Stanford scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 1:01 mark of the first overtime period. Pacific was unable to generate any offense as its final shot attempt caromed off the bar as the buzzer sounded.
Koning again paced Pacific, this time tallying three scores. Sophomore Goran Tomasevic added two goals. Malkis played the entire match in the cage for the Tigers, recording nine saves.
Pacific 10, No. 6 UC Irvine 7
The Orange and Black sprinted out of the gates, taking a 6-2 lead into halftime thanks to a four-goal second quarter.
UC Irvine would not go away, however, as the Anteaters scored three goals in the third period while the Tigers managed just one, making the score 7-5 in favor of Pacific going into the final quarter. Pacific got two early goals to take a 9-5 lead before UC Irvine battled back, cutting it to 9-7, but an insurance goal with 17 seconds left secured the win for the Tigers.
Erdelyi notched his second hat trick of the tournament while Koning and Tomasevic also recorded three goals, respectively. Tomasevic's third score was also his 100th career goal.
Malkis blocked a season-high 16 shots in the cage.
Pacific 11, No. 6 Pepperdine 14
In a match for fifth place, the two squads played even through the first three quarters. Heading into the final period with the game tied at 10-10, Pepperdine took a two-goal advantage before the Tigers cut it to one midway through the period. A pair of scores from the Waves was enough to secure the win as Pacific's offense stalled.
Senior Joey Doyle netted three scores, and was the only Tiger to score more than once.Malkis entered in relief, playing three-and-a-half quarters and recording eight saves.