Bears Earn Wire-To-Wire Road Victory At Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. – Jack Deely's six-goal effort and 13 saves by Adrian Weinberg in his season debut highlighted No. 3 California's wire-to-wire road victory over seventh-ranked Pacific at Chris Kjeldsen Pool on Saturday night.
The Golden Bears (5-0) won their fifth-consecutive match to open the season after capturing four wins at the Navy Open last weekend, while Pacific dropped to 2-2. Cal never wavered, scoring at least twice each period behind goals from seven different Bears.
Deely set the tone with back-to-back goals in the second minute of the match and Cal found itself in front, 4-2, after the first period of play. Deely earned a hat trick less than nine minutes into the match as he pushed Cal ahead, 5-2, at the 7:11-mark of the second period before adding a 5-meter goal three seconds ahead of halftime. Cal entered the intermission with a comfortable 8-4 advantage.
Weinberg – who made his season debut in goal after competing alongside Sam Untrecht and George Avakian with the USA Junior National Team at the FINA Junior World Championships – looked sharp early, tallying six saves in the second period. The 2019 All-America honorable mention saved 13 of Pacific's 19 shots on goal over 32 minutes while earning the win.
Goals from Warren Loth and Nikos Delagrammatikas extended the Cal advantage to 10-4 by the 2:28-mark of the third period. Over the final 16 minutes, Cal limited Pacific to just two goals while netting three in the third and a pair in the fourth frame. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (2) and Jake Stone (2) had multi-goal efforts to flank Deely's six-goal outburst.
Cal is back in action on Sunday, Sept. 12, when it hosts No. 11-ranked San Jose State at 1 p.m. PT at Spieker Aquatics Complex. It will be the Bears' first home match with fans allowed at the facility in over 650 days since hosting the 2019 MPSF Championships on Nov. 22-24, 2019.
No. 3 Cal 13, No. 7 Pacific 6
Cal 4 4 3 2 – 13
UOP 2 2 1 1 – 6
Cal Goals: Jack Deely 6, Nikolaos Papanikolaou 2, Jake Stone 2, Miles O'Brien-Schridde, Nikos Delagrammatikas, Warren Loth
UOP Goals: D'Souza 2, Djerkovic, Cote, Vukacic, Hosmer
Win: Adrian Weinberg (13 saves)
Loss: John Hedges (10 saves)