Waves Take Care of Pacific, Concordia
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 5 nationally ranked Pepperdine men's water polo team defeated No. 13 Pacific and No. 10 Concordia, on Saturday at the Raleigh-Runnels Memorial Pool.
"It was a great day for the seniors today," said Pepperdine Head Water Polo Coach Jack Kocur. "The team showed their unity out there and that's what made a difference."
Pepperdine (10-10, 2-4) defeated Pacific 12-6, in the morning and came back to defeat Concordia 14-11, in the afternoon.
Senior JP MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine HS) led the Waves offense by scoring three goals against Pacific and six against Concordia. Freshman goalkeeper Tommy O'Connell had 21 saves for the day.l
The Waves established an early lead against Pacific, scoring eight goals in the first half to Pacific's one.
Pacific fought back in the second half with five goals to Pepperdine's four. However, the Waves had established a large enough lead early in the game to remain victorious when the final buzzer sounded.
Senior Clayton Snyder (Seal Beach, Calif.l/Los Alamitos HS) scored two goals, while seven of his teammates each contributed one goal.
O'Connell had ten saves in the goal.
A physical afternoon game against Concordia saw the Waves jump out to a 6-4 lead at the half, with Concordia unable to catch up to Pepperdine in the second half. Junior Andrew Milcovich (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle HS) and senior Brett Auer (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Beach HS) each scored two goals.
Goalkeeper O'Connell was credited with 11 saves.
Next up, the Waves travel to Irvine on Nov. 15 to meet the UCI at 12 p.m.
Pepperdine 12 Pacific 6
1 2 3 4
Pep 3 5 4 0 12
Pacific 1 0 3 2 6
Pepperdine Goals (JP MacDonell 3, C. Snyder 2, C. Cardey 1, D. White 1, S. Loomis 1, T. Watson 1, P. Lujan 1, A. Milcovich 1, B. Auer 1) 12
Pacific Goals ( J. Rossi 2, T. Konig 2, T. Reardon 1, L. Morrison 1) 6
Goalie Saves ( T. O'Connell (PEP) 10, D. Andrus (PAC) 3, T. Bujas 4)
Pepperdine 14 Concordia 11
1 2 3 4
Pep 3 3 3 5 14
Concordia 2 2 3 4 11
Pepperdine Goals (JP MacDonell 6, B. Auer 2, A. Milcovich 2, J. Young 2, D. White 1, C. Cardey 1) 14
Concordia Goals ( M. Skaljac 5, J. Belamaric 2, C. Hamilton 1, A. Donovan 1, D. Grubisic 1, A. Rivadeneyra 1) 11
Goalie Saves (T. O'Connell (PEP) 11, M. Babovic (Concordia) 6