Waves Drop 10-9 Decision at Loyola Marymount in PCH Cup Battle
Sept. 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Pepperdine rallied late, but could not come all the way back in dropping a 10-9 decision at rival Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at the Burns Center. The Waves (2-1) saw a four-match winning streak against the Lions (2-3) snapped in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle.
Pepperdine managed just three goals in the first half and found the back of the net just once in the opening period. The Lions jumped out to 5-1 lead with 5:38 remaining in the second half before Nick Cooper (Clayton, Calif./De La Salle HS) found the back of the net with 4:36 left. The Waves got a goal just before intermission as Marko Madaras (Eger, Hungary/Golden West College) tallied with one second remaining.
Loyola Marymount built a 7-3 lead with 7:34 left in the third period before Pepperdine mounted a modest 3-1 run to make it 8-6 after the third period. It was 10-6 with 5:42 remaining in regulation before Mike Tragitt (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) cut the deficit to 10-7.
With 1:34 remaining, things got a bit strange. Danny White (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa HS) was fouled resulting in a penalty shot, but a game misconduct should have equated to two penalty attempts, but was only allowed one, which he buried. At the end of regulation it appeared Pepperdine took a 10-8 loss. Not so fast. After the officials conferred the game was replayed from the spot of the rule misinterpretation.
Both teams were called back to the pool and the score was made 10-7 with 1:34 on the clock. White buried both of his penalty shots to make it 10-9 LMU. Pepperdine had a chance to tie it, but a long distance shot on its final possession went off the cross bar and LMU held on for the win.
White finished with a team-high four goals, while Madaras added a pair. The Waves struggled to solve LMU keeper Gavyn Wild, who collected 10 saves, including two on penalty shots. Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary/Erzsebet Secondary) made nine saves for Pepperdine.
Pepperdine returns to action when it competes in the NorCal Tournament September 21-22 in Berkeley, Calif. in an event hosted by California. The event schedule will be posted on PepperdineSports.com.
No. 10 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT def. No. 8 PEPPERDINE 10-9
Saturday, September 14, 2013
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT SCORING: Milutin Mitrovic (4); Cory McGee (2); Matt Stipanovich; Jake Villareal; John Mikuzis; Emanuel Di Stasio