LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Eric Silcock (Fr., New York, N.Y.) scored three times to net a hat-trick and claim Player of the Game honors as the host University of California-San Diego Tritons became the first team to defeat the No. 11 University of Oregon Ducks in the opening game of the consolation round at the Men's National Collegiate Club Championship.
The loss snaps an impressive streak by the Ducks as Oregon can now finish no higher than a tie for 13th in the final 16-team tournament standings to end a string of Top 10 finishes.
An eight-time Northwest Division champion (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Oregon previously placed 10th (2012 at Osborn Aquatic Center/Oregon State University; 2011 at Georgia Institute of Technology; 2007 at the University of Arizona), ninth (2010 at Southern Utah University), sixth (2008 at Ohio University) and eighth (2005 at Williams College; 2004 at the University of Notre Dame) in seven previous trips to the National Collegiate Club Championship.
UC-San Diego never trailed against the Ducks as Silcock connected on back-to-back-to-back shots to start the game at the 5:47, 4:56 and 3:08 marks to hand the Tritons at 3-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.
The margin expanded to 4-0 by the 2:45 mark as Patrick Rolan (Sr., Madera, Calif.) volleyed in a shot, but the Ducks quacked back with scores by Harry Tingler (Sr., Newport Beach, Calif.) and Aaron Bishow (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) at 2:06 and 1:15 to make it a 4-2 game by the conclusion of the first quarter.
Oregon and UCSD traded scoring blows in the second quarter as Travis Knight (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) and Juan Pablos Jose-Ramos (Jr., Mexico City, Mexico) put away shots at 4:20 and 1:13, respectively, to bookend scores by Tingler at 3:49 and 2:31, to make it a 6-4 game at halftime.
The momentum of the game turned heavily towards the Tritons in the third quarter as Rolan (4:32) made it 7-4 before Mike Van Ahlers (So., Orange, Calif.) and Shane Calloway (So., Clovis, Calif.) chipped in scores with 3:35 and 16 seconds remaining in the quarter for a 9-4 lead to start the final seven minutes of competition.
Frederic Ferrar (Fr., Newport Beach, Calif.) made it 10-4 to start the fourth quarter, but Oregon attempted to climb back into the game with markers by Bishow and Trevor Harper (So., Newport, Calif.) at 4:32 and 3:57, but it was too little, too late as the Tritons held on for the four-goal win.
In cage, Garrett Sauls (So., Des Moines, Iowa) and Kody Moynihan (Sr., Davis, Calif.) split time with each playing a half and combining for 10 saves. Christian Broom (Jr., Redwood City, Calif.) took the loss for the Ducks with eight saves.
Oregon will conclude its participation in the 2013 National Collegiate Club Championship tournament at 8:40 p.m. Pacific against Great Plains Division champion Illinois State University, while UC-San Diego advances to face New York Division champion Cornell University at 1:40 p.m. with a spot in the ninth place game at stake.
|No. 11 University of Oregon
|University of California-San Diego
UCSD Goals: Eric
Silcock (3); Patrick Rolan (2); Juan Pablos Jose-Ramos; Frederic
Ferrar; Travis Knight; Mike Van Ahlers; Shane Calloway
Oregon Goals: Harry Tingler (3); Aaron Bishow (2); Trevor Harper
Saves: UCSD - Garrett Sauls (4, 14 minutes), Kody Moynihan (6, 14 minutes) ; Oregon - Christian Broom (8)
Exclusions: UCSD - 2 ; Oregon - 3
Advantage Opportunities: UCSD - 1-for-3 ; Oregon - 1-for-2
Sprints: UCSD - 4-for-4 ; Oregon - 0-for-4
Officials: Don Lewis, Mark Dexter
University of Oregon's Trevor Harper defends against the University of California-San Diego