No. 1 Pacific Men's Water Polo Rolls No. 7 Waves, 15-7
Senior Balazs Erdelyi scored five goals and sophomore Casey Fleming added three as No. 1 Pacific men's water polo cruised over No. 7 Pepperdine, 15-7.
Junior Sean Grady added two goals, while junior Alex Obert, senior Kevin Oliveira, sophomore Aleksandar Petrovic, sophomore Kristian Laczkovics and freshman Ben Stevenson each tallied once for Pacific.
With the win, Pacific improves to 17-3 overall, 4-1 in MPSF action, and 1-0 as the nation's top-ranked team.
The first quarter was scoreless until the final minute, when Sean Grady gave Pacific a 1-0 lead. Just 43 seconds into the second quarter, Grady struck again from the left side, for a 2-0 Pacific lead. Pepperdine's Nick Candau responded on the ensuing possession with a goal from five meters out.
Kevin Oliveira from the right side, ripped a shot into the top right corner for a 3-1 Tiger advantage. The Waves pulled within one with 2:48 left in the half when Danny White tallied for Pepperdine.
Erdelyi answered from the outside just 26 seconds later to restore the two-goal lead as the Tigers led 4-2 at halftime.
Alex Obert opened the second half with a goal, at the 7:31 mark, and Pacific stretched the lead to a four-goal lead with 6:47 left in the quarter on a goal from Aleksandar Petrovic. After White tallied again at the 6:33 mark for the Waves, Erdelyi struck again to restore a four-goal cushion at the 4:43 mark.
Pepperdine's Brock Liebhardt finished at 2:24, and Fleming answered just 22 seconds later with a skip shot to the near post for an 8-4 lead. Mike Tragitt's shot to the upper right corner 1:38 brought the Waves within 8-5 with 1:38 left in the quarter.
Erdelyi picked up the hat trick goal with 1:06 left in the quarter and Fleming scored with 29 seconds left in the quarter for a 10-5 Pacific lead.
Kristian Laczkovics opened the fourth quarter with a goal as the Tigers pulled away, and Erdelyi's posted back-to-back goals to stretched the lead to 13-5.
Fleming piled on with his hat trick goal with 4:51 left, and Ben Stevensen got on the board as the Tigers led by 10.
Jack Harryman scored back-to-back goals for the Waves to close the gap before the final buzzer.
The Tigers are back in action on Sunday at noon at No. 6 UC Santa Barbara. Pacific has topped UCSB twice this season, but the two wins were decided by a total of three goals at the NoCal and SoCal tournaments.