Over the span of the last two weeks, the Stags have shown that on a full-sized field their offense is very difficult to contain. Saturday was no different as CMS' top goal scorer, Jared Bernstein (pictured), recorded a hat trick on Saturday afternoon as the Stags reignited their recent offensive explosion with a 8-1 dismantling of La Verne.
CMS scored 25 goals in a four-game span over the last two weeks, but their offense was stifled on the undersized field at Whittier on Wednesday night. On Saturday, the offensive outburst restarted and the Stags' usual offensive suspects got into the act early and often. In the seventh minute, second leading scorer, Harry Doyle, scored an unassisted goal to give the team a lead they would not relinquish. Third leading scorer, David Taylor, scored two minutes later as he headed in a corner kick served in by Rodrigo Bravo Beneitez. Bernstein got on the board twice in the span of four minutes as he finished passes from Daniel Price and Doyle in the 13th and 17th minutes. The team's fourth leading scorer, Sam Ullman, scored unassisted in the 27th minute to give CMS a 5-0 halftime lead.
The Leopards scored their only goal on a deflection off a defender 10 minutes into the second half. Bernstein completed his hat trick in the 62nd minute when he converted a penalty kick after he had been taken down in the box on a breakaway. Bravo Beneitez got his second assist of the game three minutes later when Tony Garcia converted his pass on a laser into the upper corner. Ethan Hallberg recorded the final goal off a nice cross from John Shaughnessy.
CMS improved to 11-4-1 overall and 8-3-1 in SCIAC. With 25 points, the Stags have clinched a spot in the SCIAC Tournament with two game remaining. CMS will be either the second or third seed in the tournament depending on the outcome of the final games. CMS hosts Redlands on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 and concludes the regular season at Caltech at 1:00 on October 29.