No. 8 Waves to Host Rival No. 10 Loyola Marymount in Home Opener
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 8 Pepperdine men's water polo team is set to open up its home slate on Saturday, Sept. 8 against crosstown rival No. 10 Loyola Marymount. The contest, set for 12 p.m. PT, is the first head-to-head competition between the Waves and Lions this school year and holds Wells Fargo PCH Cup implications.
The Waves (2-0) enter the home contest at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool off victories over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Verne last week at the season-opening UCLA Invitational. The Waves defeated Claremont 13-5 and La Verne 20-7. The Waves were led by seniors Colin Carroll (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) and Stephen Loomis (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS) who both finished the weekend with five goals apiece. Loomis tied his career high with four goals against La Verne alone. Stemming back to last season, junior goalkeeper Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary/Eszerbet Secondary) extended his streak of double-digit save games to six, after collecting 13 blocks against Claremont and 12 against La Verne.
The Lions (1-0) enter the weekend with just one contest under their belt. They defeated Whittier 17-6 in a Western Water Polo Association competition to open up the season last Saturday. The team was led by freshman Milutin Mitrovic who scored six goals on seven shots in his collegiate debut. Senior goalkeeper Kyle Testman made nine saves.
The Waves lead the Lions in overall matchups 33-6. When playing the Lions at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool, the Waves are 21-1. Pepperdine has won the last two matches over the Lions, including an 11-7 victory at LMU last year. The lone loss at home to the Lions came in 2010, where the Waves lost 7-6. In 37 years at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool, the Waves have a record of 265-103 at home.
Saturday's water polo match will have the first points of the 2012-13 year up for grabs in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup. Entering its fourth year, the Waves have won the contest the three previous years, never relinquishing the cup to the Lions. The series serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. LMU and Pepperdine are represented by 12 of their intercollegiate athletic teams through both regular and postseason competitions over the course of the academic calendar. One point is awarded for both home and neutral-site wins, including conference championships; however, 1.5 points is earned for road victories.