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    Pacific Men's Water Polo: No. 7 Pacific Earns First Confernce Win Of The Season, Downs No. 13 Pepperdine 7-5

    Oct 17, 2010

    In the second home contest of the season, Pacific's men's water polo team battled No. 13 Pepperdine through the rain to pick up a 7-5 victory. With the win the Tigers improved to 10-5 (1-1 MPSF) on the year while Pepperdine fell to 8-10 (0-3 MPSF) on the season.

    In the first frame Pepperdine took the 1-0 lead at the 6:46 mark on a goal from Travis Gough, however junior Tyler Reardon (Oak Park, Calif.) found the back of the net 40 seconds later to tie the game at one all. With 1:03 remaining in regulation Pepperdine regained the one point advantage on a five-meter shot from Danny White to make it a 2-1 contest.

    Junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) won the sprint for Pacific to kick off the second quarter. On a fast break at the 4:38 spot freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) scored his first goal of the day to tie the game at 2-2. James Perry notched a goal for the Waves with 4:12 remaining on the clock to put Pepperdine up 3-2 but senior Austin Delong (Houston, Texas) tallied a goal on the assist from sophomore Balazs Szabo (Budapest, Hungary) at the 3:10 mark to tie the game at three goals apiece. Erdelyi then tallied his second goal of the quarter with 2:36 remaining in the half to give the Tigers their first lead on the day.

    Leading 4-3 entering the third quarter, junior Daniel Lungu won the sprint for Pacific then at the 6:21 spot Koning scored a goal on a skip shot to extend Pacific's lead to two. The Tigers then made it a 7-3 contest on back-to-back goals from sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) and senior Joey Gullikson (Sonoma, Calif.) at the 5:13 and 2:36 spots respectively. Pepperdine countered at the :53 point with a goal to cut Pacific's lead to three.

    In the final frame Pacific was held scoreless while Pepperdine found the back of the net at the 2:48 mark for a 7-5 final score.

    Pacific was led by freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) who scored a pair of goals for the Tigers while freshman Alex Malkis(Yoqneam, Israel) registered 11 saves in the cage.

    The Tigers continue action on Friday, October 22 in Berkeley, Calif., against California at 7 pm.

    Scoring Summary







    No. 13 Pepperdine






    No. 7 Pacific






    Pacific: Erdelyi 2, Delong, Gullikson, Koning, Reardon, Tomasevic

    Goalkeeper Saves
    Pacific: Malkis 11