Tigers Wrap Up Regular Season At Stanford, Home Against California
Date: Friday, Nov. 16
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Site: Avery Aquatics Center (at Stanford)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 18
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Site: Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex
Live Video: PacificTigers.com
The Pacific men's water polo team wraps up its 2012 regular season with a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches this weekend. The Tigers will take on Stanford on the Farm Friday, Nov. 16, before hosting California in their final home match Sunday, Nov. 18. Pacific will face Stanford under the lights at 5 p.m. while the game against the Golden Bears gets underway at noon.
Pacific (12-8, 3-3 MPSF), split two home league matches this past weekend, beating then-No. 4 UC Santa Barbara, 12-5, Saturday before falling to second-ranked UCLA, 13-10, Sunday. Sophomore Aleksandar Petrovic had a stellar weekend, scoring a career-high-tying four goals in each of the Tigers' games. He racked up a hat trick in the second quarter versus the Gauchos while his last goal against the Bruins pulled Pacific back to within three late in the match. Junior Balazs Erdelyi tallied six goals on the weekend, including four against UC Santa Barbara. Manning the cage for the Tigers was junior Alex Malkis, who collected 23 saves in Pacific's two games, including a 15-block outing against the Gauchos.
While Erdelyi and sophomore Alex Obert both rank in the top 10 in goals per game in the MPSF, Petrovic is beginning to make a name for himself with his recent performances. He went for a career-best four goals in the Tigers' sudden-victory win at Long Beach State earlier this month before tying that mark against both UC Santa Barbara and UCLA this past weekend. The Serbian native is averaging 3.75 goals per game over the last four matches and has nine-multi-goal games on the year.
Stanford (14-5, 4-3 MPSF) had its six-match winning streak snapped by UCLA last weekend, falling 9-5 in Los Angeles. Freshman Bret Bonanni leads the Cardinal's offensive attack, averaging 3.56 goals per game, good for second in the conference. Last season's MPSF Freshman of the Year honoree Alex Bowen ranks sixth in the league with a 2.72 goals-per-game average.
California (14-7, 4-3 MPSF) enters Sunday's contest unbeaten in four games in November. Junior Collin Smith ranks fourth in the MPSF with 2.79 goals per game while sophomore Aleksa Saponjic's 2.06 goals per game average is good for 13th.