No. 9 Men's Water Polo Rolling After First Action of 2011
Sept. 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES- Pepperdine opened the 2011 season today with two games at the UCLA Invitational against Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Waves secured a 15-4 victory over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday morning and followed that up with a commanding 18-6 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the afternoon, with both games at UCLA's Speiker Aquatics Center.
The tournament gave the Waves a chance to see how the team would perform in a competition setting and the squad definitely answered in a big way. Overall Stephen Loomis (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS) led the way with five goals over both games, followed by freshman Luke Hewko (Santa Ana, Calif./Servite HS) who netted four overall. Both goalkeepers, Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary/Szilagyi Erzsebet Secondary) and Matthew Carter (Princeton, N.J./The Lawrenceville School) looked good between the pipes, making eight and 10 saves, respectively.
In the first game of the day against Pomona-Pitzer, the Waves outscored the Sagehens in the first quarter, 5-0, having a handle on the game from the very beginning. The Waves got on the board with goals from Andrew Milcovich (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle HS) (7:06) on a power play and from Loomis (3:45). The Waves continued their first-quarter scoring with subsequent goals from Nathan Castillo (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) (2:51), Brandon Picone (Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian HS) (2:30) and Nick Cooper (Clayton, Calif./De La Salle) (2:04).
With a 5-0 lead after the opening frame, the Waves outscored the Sagehens by a 4-1 margin in each of the second and third quarters to assume a 13-2 cushion.
Matthew DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS) scored a team-leading three goals, all in the second quarter.
Valics logged eight saves in the cage for the Waves in the first start of his sophomore campaign.
In the second game of the day, the Waves defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 18-6, behind a 6-0 scoring run in the second quarter to break a 3-3 tie after the first.
Both teams continued trading the lead in the opening quarter. The Waves led, 1-0, on James Perry's (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS) goal (4:59). CMS answered with a goal from Chong (4:34). Castillo scored on a power-play (3:24) before Chong responded for CMS with an extra-man goal (2:03). The Waves went down briefly at the 1:30 mark in the first half, 3-2, but answered with the equalizer on an extra-man goal with 61 seconds left.
In the second quarter the Waves netted six goals, opening up a 9-3 cushion.
The Waves outscored CMS, 7-2, in the third quarter and by a 2-1 margin in the final period.
The Waves saw very balanced scoring in the match, receiving at least one goal from 10 different players.
Carter totaled 10 saves for the squad in the victory.
The Waves also scrimmaged UCLA and UC Santa Barbara in exhibition on Saturday.
On the exhibition scrimmages, head coach Jack Kocursaid, "I was very pleased with our play. I thought we maintained a stronghold throughout the scrimmages against some quality MPSF opponents."
Overall Kocur was pleased with the play of the team in its first action of the year.
"We played 12 quarters of water polo this weekend and I thought the program did a great job. I was pleased with the effort. I thought James Perryput a great effort in and I am excited to see him continue to progress as a 2-meter center. Overall I thought today was what we needed as a team. It was a great start to what should be an excellent season."
The Waves will be back in the pool on Saturday (Sept. 10) as they travel to Los Angeles to face crosstown rival Loyola Marymount, with Wells Fargo PCH Cup points on the line.
Pepperdine 15, Pomona-Pitzer 4
Pomona-Pitzer Goals: Jason Cox, Clayton Hardman, Ryan Higgins, Travis Larsen
Pepperdine Goals: Matthew DeTrane 3, Andrew Milcovich 2, Brandon Picone 2, Colin Carroll, Nathan Castillo, Nick Cooper, Luke Hewko, Stephen Loomis, James Perry, Parker Peterson, Mike Tragitt
Pepperdine 18, CMS 6
CMS Goals: Brian Chong 3, Maarten Lefor, McClatchy Ruskin, Vincent Schiavoni
Pepperdine Goals: Stephen Loomis 4, Tommy Briskey 3, Luke Hewko 3, Danny White 3, Nathan Castillo, Nick Cooper, Julian Kotylak, James Perry, Parker Peterson, Brandon Picone