No. 8 Pepperdine Upends No. 4 UC Irvine 10-6 in MPSF Opener
Oct. 13, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – No. 8 Pepperdine got off to a strong offensive start then rode its defense to a convincing 10-6 victory against No. 4 UC Irvine in the 2012 MPSF opener Saturday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The Waves (8-5, 1-0 MPSF) remain unbeaten at home after perhaps its best match of the season against the Anteaters (14-4, 0-1 MPSF).
“It was a huge win four us,” Pepperdine interim co-head coach Merrill Moses said. “We prepared all week for this and we knew what they were going to do. We’ve put in a different mentality in the program since I came on board and Terry (Schroeder) and Coach Rodriguez have played a big part in that as well. The kids are believing now that hard work pays off. “
Pepperdine rolled to a 3-0 lead in the opening period behind goals from Spencer Hamby (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), Matthew DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Diablo Valley CC) and Stephen Loomis (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS). Loomis staked the Waves to a 4-2 edge with his second goal of the period.
In the second frame, the Waves defense stepped up and shutout the Anteaters. DeTrane’s opened the scoring with his second goal, followed by strikes from Marko Madaras (Eger, Hungary/Golden West College) and James Perry (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS) as Pepperdine took a 7-2 lead into the intermission.
UC Irvine made a big push in the third period, scoring three goals to close the deficit to 7-5, but then Colin Carroll (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) scored a big goal to give the Waves some cushion. The Anteaters would respond with a power play goal from Bojan Hrlec to make it an 8-6 Pepperdine lead entering the fourth.
It was all Pepperdine in the final frame as the Waves stepped up defensively and shut out UC Irvine. Madaras and Hamby scored their second goals of the match.
Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary) played well for the Waves, collecting 14 saves, including six during a furious third quarter. For the match, Pepperdine was credited with nine steals with Perry and Hamby collecting two apiece.
“Limiting them to two goals in one half was huge,” Moses said. “Obviously I like the offense too, but I knew there was going to be runs. Water polo is a game of runs and they had their run and we controlled it and we went back on our run and regained the momentum. “
Michael Wise scored a match-high three goals for UC Irvine.
Now Pepperdine immediately shifts its focus to No. 5 Stanford, visiting Sunday, October 14. It will be the second top-five MPSF opponent in less than 48 hours for the Waves, who look to avenge a 13-8 loss at the 2012 SoCal Tournament.
“We are conditioned properly,” Moses said. “Stanford is a great team. I think we’ll bring the right intensity and the mentality to the game that we did today we’ll have a good chance of walking away with another win.”
Game time against the Cardinal is set for 1:00 p.m. at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. Following the Waves and Cardinal, Pepperdine will host its annual alumni match set for a 3:30 p.m. start.
No. 4 UC Irvine vs. No. 8 Pepperdine
Pepperdine Saves: Bence Valics 14
UC Irvine Goals: Mitch Wise (3), Jacob Mourer, Alan Robertson, Bojan Hrlec
UC Irvine Saves: Alex Kazmier (4, played entire first half); Michael Bailey (2, played entire second half)