Pacific MWP: No. 10 Pacific Takes Down No. 6 LMU in First Game of Triton Invitational, 9-7
Taking on their first top-10 ranked opponent of the season, Pacific's men's water polo team defeated No. 6 Loyola Marymount University (LMU), 9-7. With the win the Tigers improved to 1-0 on the season while the Lions fell to 0-1 on the year.
In the first frame, sophomores Balazs Szabo (Budapest, Hungary) and Goran Tomasevic(Split, Croatia) found the back of the net at the 7:01 and 6:21 marks respectively to give Pacific the early 2-0 lead. However, LMU countered with back-to-back goals at the 5:43 and 3:49 spots to tie the game at two goals apiece to end the quarter.
At the start of the second quarter the Tigers regained the lead at the 5:05 point when Tomasevic notched his second goal of the contest to put Pacific up 3-2. LMU then tied the game at three all on a goal at the 3:15 mark, but freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) found the back of the net with :43 remaining in the half to make it a 4-3 game. With :14 remaining on the clock LMU tallied its second goal of the quarter to tie the game at 4-4 to end the half.
In the third quarter the Tiger defense held the Lions scoreless while Pacific regained the two point advantage on two consecutive goals from Tomasevic at the 7:40 and 6:46 spots.
Leading 6-4 heading into the final frame, Pacific extended its lead to three on Erdelyi's second goal of the day with 6:22 remaining in regulation. LMU cut Pacific's lead to two at the 4:25 spot to make it a 7-5 game but senior Austin Delong (Houston, Texas) tallied a goal with 3:23 left on the clock to give the Tigers the 8-5 lead. With 2:51 left to play LMU found the back of the net to make it an 8-6 game but Tomasevic responded 46 seconds later with his fifth goal of the contest to give Pacific the 9-6 lead. LMU notched its final goal of the game at the :42 spot for a 9-7 final score.
Pacific was led by sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) who notched five goals for the Tigers while freshman Alex Malkis (Yoqneam, Israel) recorded eight saves in the cage for Pacific.
"It's a great way to start off the season but we must look ahead to our next game" said graduate assistant coach Jack Curley. "It's great to see our offense click the first game especially with our new guys putting nine goals past goalie Andy Stevens who is a member of U.S. National Team Program. All of our new players had great debuts including Joey Doyle on a crucial 6-on-5 field block."
The Tigers close out the first day of action at the Triton Invitational at 4 p.m. against La Verne.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
No. 6 LMU 2 2 0 3 7
No. 10 Pacific 2 2 2 3 9
Goals:Tomasevic 5, Erdelyi 2, Delong 1, Szabo 1
Assists: Erdelyi 5
Exclusions: Morrison 3
Goalkeeper Saves: Malkis 8