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    Pacific Men's Water Polo: No. 7 Pacific Unable to Overcome No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, Suffers 9-5 Loss

    Sep 19, 2010

    Facing an MSPF opponent for the third time in two days, Pacific's men's water polo team was defeated by No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), 9-5. With the loss the Tigers fell to 5-2 on the season while the Gauchos improved to 4-1 on the year.

    The Gauchos jumped out to an early 3-0 lead at the start of the first quarter, notching goals at the 6:51, 6:01 and 4:15 points. However Pacific cut UCSB's lead to one when sophomoreGoran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) scored back-to-back goals at the 3:12 and 2:32 marks to make it a 3-2 game.

    In the second frame UCSB took the two point advantage at the 5:49 mark, but the Tigers remained within one of the Guachos when junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) countered with 3:19 remaining in the half.

    Entering the third quarter with the 4-3 lead, UCSB tallied its fifth goal of the game to take the two point lead. Then for the third time in the contest Pacific came within one of the Gauchos when freshman Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) scored his first goal of the contest at the 6:17 mark for a 5-4 score. UCSB closed out the third frame tallying two goals at the 3:15 and 1:50 spots to take the 7-4 lead.

    In the final frame the Gauchos extended its lead to four after scoring their eighth goal of the game at the 6:01 point. Pacific then cut UCSB's lead to three on a goal from Erdelyi with 3:00 remaining in regulation, but the Gauchos closed out the game with a goal at the 2:10 mark for a 9-5 final score.

    Pacific was led by sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) and freshman Balazs Erdelyi(Eger, Hungary) who scored two goals apiece. Freshman Alex Malkis (Yoqneam, Israel) recorded nine saves in the cage for the Tigers.

    The Tigers conclude action at the NorCal Tournament at 1:20 pm at Spieker Aquatics Center against No. 5 UC Irvine or No. 9 Pepperdine.

    Scoring Summary







    No. 6 UC Santa Barbara






    No. 7 Pacific






    Pacific: Erdelyi 2, Tomasevic 2, Koning

    Pacific: Erdelyi 2

    Goalkeeper Saves
    Pacific: Malkis 9