While Stanford has to feel pretty good about its 2-0 showing at the Pac-12 Shootout this weekend, the event was kind of a mixed bag for the two local teams. UCLA (2-1) and USC (2-2) both split their two games, with the opponents and the results making it tough to get a read on just how good either team is.
UCLA blanked an undermanned Washington State team on Sunday, 12-0. The Cougars dressed only 14 players for the game from a roster that lists 21, and UCLA clearly was the stronger team. The Bruins got four goals from junior attack Zack Winters and three from sophomore attack Kevin Rowen. UCLA moved the ball well on offense, recording assists on nine of the 12 goals. Senior attack Trevor Gudim had three assists, and middies Raman Garg and Trey Scott each had two.
But that game came one day after UCLA pretty much fell apart against No. 23 Arizona, losing 16-7 in a game in which the Bruins led 5-4 at halftime and 6-4 early in the third. A string of penalties allowed Arizona to take control and finish the game on a 12-1 run.
So, which is the real UCLA? We might have a better idea come Saturday, when the Bruins travel north to face Stanford. But that game, too, might not be a great barometer — a long road trip to face what likely will be a top-five team? Wouldn’t be surprising to see a lopsided score.
Stanford, the only team to go 2-0 on the weekend, was the star of the Pac-12 Shootout (No. 2 Arizona State played only on Saturday, beating No. 15 California 14-8). Ranked No. 11 coming in, the Cardinal beat Oregon State 10-8 on Saturday and No. 7 Oregon 14-7 on Sunday. I didn’t get to see Stanford play, but someone whose lacrosse opinion I trust texted me, “Stanford is legit.”
Against Oregon, which was coming off Saturday’s upset of No. 4 Chapman, the Cardinal got eight goals from senior attack Jack Farr, a first-team all-WCLL (Western Collegiate Lacrosse League) pick last year. Freshman midfielder Peter Doyle scored three goals for Stanford. Both Farr and Doyle are from San Francisco’s St. Ignatius HS.
Here are all the scores from the Pac-12 Shootout:
USC 7, Washington State 3
No. 11 Stanford 10, Oregon State 8
No. 2 Arizona State 14, No. 15 California 8
Utah 15, Washington 10
No. 23 Arizona 16, UCLA 7
UCLA 12, Washington State 0
Oregon State 13, Utah 9
Washington 15, USC 5
No. 15 California 14, No. 23 Arizona 5
No. 11 Stanford 14, No. 7 Oregon 7
(Rankings as of Feb. 12.)