Pacific Men's Water Polo: Tigers Split Day Two of NorCals, Down No. 9 Pepperdine 13-8
Appearing in their final game of the NorCal Tournament, Pacific's men's water polo team defeated No. 9 Pepperdine 13-8. With the win the Tigers improved to 6-2 on the year while the Waves fell to 5-4 on the season.
Pacific kicked off the game by taking the early 1-0 lead when junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) found the back of the net at the 7:19 mark. Pepperdine countered 20 seconds later with the equalizer but the Tigers regained the one point advantage when junior Daniel Lungu (Netanya, Israel) converted a five-meter penalty shot at the 6:19 spot to make it a 2-1 contest. The Tigers then extend their lead by two on back-to-back goals from seniorAustin Delong (Houston, Texas) and Koning at the 3:26 and 2:36 marks respectively. The Waves tallied a goal with 1:41 remaining in the quarter however sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) responded 13 seconds later to give Pacific the 5-2 lead.
In the second frame the Tiger defense held Pepperdine's offense scoreless. Tomasevic and senior Joey Gullikson (Sonoma, Calif.) scored goals at the 7:07 and 2:09 points to give Pacific the five point advantage entering the half.
Pacific entered the third frame leading Pepperdine 7-2 when freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) notched his first goal of the contest to make it an 8-2 game. The Waves then tallied consecutive goals at the 6:47 and 6:02 marks to reduce Pacific's lead to four, but the Tigers answered back with goals from Lungu, Tomasevic, and junior Lance Morrison(Fairfield, Calif.) at the 4:36, 2:27 and 2:06 spots to put Pacific up 11-4. Pepperdine closed out the quarter tallying two additional goals for an 11-6 score heading into the final quarter.
In the final frame the Waves scored their seventh goal of the contest to cut Pacific's lead to six but Erdelyi gave the Tigers the 12-7 lead with a goal at the 6:11 point. Erdelyi then sealed the victory for the Tigers on a five-meter penalty shot with 4:34 remaining on the clock. Pepperdine closed out the game tallying a goal with 3:29 remaining in regulation for the 13-8 final score.
The Tigers were led by sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) and freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) who completed the hat trick in Pacific's win. Freshman Alex Malkis(Yoqneam, Israel) recorded eight saves in the cage for the Tigers.
Pacific returns to action on Saturday, October 2 in Los Angeles, Calif., at the Southern California Tournament hosted by UCLA.
Pacific: Erdelyi 3, Tomasevic 3, Lungu 2, Koning 2, Delong, Gullikson, Morrison
Pacific: Erdelyi 5
Pacific: Malkis 8