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Tigers Take Two In First Day Of Aggie Shootout

Sep 22, 2012

The Pacific men's water polo team was a perfect 2-0 on its first day of competition at the Aggie Shootout Saturday, Sept. 22. The Tigers outscored Redlands, 12-4, in their first match of the day before routing Cal Lutheran, 21-11, in their nightcap.

Pacific now sits at 3-3 on the year. Junior Balazs Erdelyi led the Tigers with nine goals on the day while sophomore Alex Obert added four scores. Junior Alex Malkis blocked eight shots in five quarters of work, while sophomore Chris Hughes registered nine saves playing three periods.

The Tigers' offense was firing on all cylinders in their first game against Redlands. Erdelyi opened the scoring with a penalty goal before Obert got on the board with just under four minutes left, putting Pacific up 2-0. The momentum would continue into the second period as Erdelyi and Obert added their second goals of the game, followed by a score from freshman Casey Fleming at the 4:52 mark. The Tigers added to their five-goal lead with two more goals at the end of the quarter, as Erdelyi and Obert spotted Pacific a 7-0 lead heading into intermission.

Redlands managed to get on the board two minutes into the third quarter, but the Tigers weren't finished, as Erdelyi answered with a goal one minute later. Sophomore Sean Grady and freshman Greg Trenk added to Pacific's lead, putting the Tigers up 10-1 with one quarter left to play.

The final period saw Redlands tally three goals as the Tigers rested their starters. Junior Tyler Ormsby took advantage of his time in the pool, notching his first two collegiate goals as Pacific cruised to victory.

Malkis started the game in the cage for the Tigers, blocking four shots in three quarters of work. Sophomore Chris Hughes replaced him for the final quarter, blocking four shots in eight minutes.

Pacific found itself in a shootout in its second game of the day, as Cal Lutheran hung with the Tigers during the first quarter. Pacific jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Obert, Fleming and Erdelyi in the first four minutes of the first period. Scores from freshman Aleksandar Petrovic, junior Andres Oneto, Fleming and Erdelyi spotted Pacific a 7-4 lead after one quarter.

The Tigers continued their offensive onslaught in the second quarter, as Erdelyi scored three goals, along with one from Petrovic, to put Pacific up 11-4 midway through the second frame. Pacific's defense was much improved from the first quarter, allowing just one goal in the second quarter as Malkis blocked three shots. Goals from Ormsby and Oneto gave the Tigers a 13-5 advantage heading into halftime.

Things stayed relatively the same during the third quarter, as Pacific scored three consecutive goals, two from freshman Jacob Himmel and one from Trenk, to go up 16-5 with two minutes left in the period. Two goals from Cal Lutheran would close out the quarter, but Pacific would take a 16-7 lead into the final period. Freshman John Koning opened the fourth-quarter scoring with an early goal before Cal Lutheran responded with a score of its own. Pacific added four more goals in the final frame, one each from Oneto, Koning, freshman J.T. Sarmento and freshman Alec Follmer, to secure the win.

Malkis opened the game, notching four blocks in one half of work. Hughes replaced him at intermission, collecting five saves in the second half.

Pacific concludes its play at the Aggie Shootout tomorrow, Sept. 23, taking on Claremont-M-S at 11:30 am before wrapping up with La Verne at 4:10 pm. 

No. 8 Pacific 12, Redlands 4
Pacific 2 - 5 - 3 - 2 -- 12
Redlands 0 - 0 - 1 - 3 -- 4 

Pacific - Erdelyi 4, Obert 3, Ormsby 2, Fleming, Grady, Trenk
Redlands - Curl, Freeman, Ogawa, Robinson 

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific - Hughes 4, Malkis 4
Redlands - Abbott 2, Jamison 2 

No. 8 Pacific 21, Cal Lutheran 11
Pacific 7 - 6 - 3 - 5 -- 21
Cal Lutheran 4 - 1 - 2 - 4 -- 11 

Pacific - Erdelyi 5, Oneto 3, Fleming 2, Himmel 2, Koning 2, Petrovic 2, Follmer, Obert, Ormsby, Sarmento, Trenk
Cal Lutheran - Novakovic 4, Hamaker 2, Craig, Graham, Hong, Jameson, Potter

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific - Hughes 5, Malkis 4
Cal Lutheran - Mock 3

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