Waves Finish Eighth at NorCal Tournament
PALO ALTO, Calif. - A day that began with a physical game against UC Santa Barbara and left the Pepperdine men's water polo team without two of its starters, ended with two losses and an eighth place finish at the NorCal Tournament.
A closely contested match against the No. 6 Gauchos (5-3) saw the No. 7 Waves (3-5) up by two at 4-2 at the half. Both teams netted two goals each in the third quarter with Pepperdine leading 6-4. UCSB had a big fourth quarter with five goals scored to the Waves two and the score was tied 9-9.
Clayton Snyder (Seal Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) and JP MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep) left the game in overtime with injuries and the Waves were defeated 11-10. The Gauchos scored the winning goal in the second overtime period.
MacDonell led the offense for the third straight game with three goals while Snyder was responsible for two. Tom O'Connell (Trabuco Canyon,Calif./El Toro HS) had five saves in the goal.
The Waves came back an hour later to face No. 8 UC Irvine (6-2) for seventh place. Snyder and MacDonell missed the game due to their injuries.
The Anteaters led by one goal through the third period ending at 6-5. Once again, Pepperdine suffered in the fourth period with UCI scoring three goals to one. The buzzer sounded with the Anteaters up by three at 9-6.
Taylor Watson (Alamo, Calif./Monte Vista HS) led the offense for the Waves with two goals. O'Connell was credited with four saves.
Game 3: Pepperdine 10 UC Santa Barbara 11
1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2
PEPP 2 2 2 3 1 0 10
UCSB 1 1 2 5 1 1 11
Pepp Goals: (MacDonell 3, Snyder 2, Hamby 1, Watson 1, Busby 1, Young 1, Auer 1)
UCSB Goals: (Golic 3, Smith 3, Vincze 3, Partelow 2)
Goalie Saves: O'Connell (PEP) 5, Bunn (UCSB) 8
Game 4: Pepperdine 6 UC Irvine 9
1 2 3 4
PEPP 1 2 2 1 6
UCI 2 2 2 3 9
Pepp Goals: (Watson 2, Auer 1, Gough 1, Hamby 1, Young 1)
UCI Goals: (Bleskis 5, Johnson 2, Baker 1, Pfeil 1)
Goalie Saves: O'Connell (PEP) 4, Johnson (UCI) 5