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No. 5 Waves Meet No. 6 Loyola Marymount Saturday


 
 

UPCOMING — The No. 5 ranked Pepperdine men’s water polo team (3-1) take on cross-town rival No. 6 Loyola Marymount (3-1) this Saturday.

GAME #5 — PEPPERDINE VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT — Saturday, 11:30 a.m. — The Waves travel to LMU to meet the Lions at the Burns Aquatic Center, at the LMU campus, this weekend.

The Lions took third place this weekend at the Triton Invitational. LMU suffered a dissapointing loss to No. 2 USC (10-9) in the semi-finals when the match went into double overtime and then sudden death. The Lions came back to beat No. 9 Long Beach 12-8. Sophomore Tibor Forai was credited with 10 goals for the weekend

POMONA-PITZER RECAP —The Waves dominated the 2007 SCIAC champions beating them 21-10.

Senior Grant Miller was credited with four goals, while junior transfer Jacob Young and junior J.P. MacDonell were responsible for three each. Sophomore Blake Hubbell recorded two goals for the Waves.

UC DAVIS RECAP — Pepperdine came back on Saturday afternoon to defeat No. 11 UC Davis 13-5.

J.P. MacDonell was the high scorer with five goals. Grant Miller added four more to make an individual total of eight goals for the day. Clayton Snyder and Adam Hewko each scored two goals for the Waves.

LONG BEACH RECAP — The Waves took on No. 9 Long Beach in the semi-finals and continued their domination with a 14-8 victory. A very physical game saw five players foul out and 28 ejections for the 49ers.

Seniors Grant Miller and Adam Hewko along with junior J.P MacDonell were each credited with three goals. Junior Taylor Watson and Sophomore Andrew Milcovich each scored two goals.

USC RECAP — Pepperdine faced No. 2 USC in an early evening final. A tightly contested game went into double overtime with the Trojans scoring the winning

goal (7-6). The Waves held the lead by one in the third quarter and then again in the fourth, however the Trojans answered with goals of their own tieing the game at the end of regulation play.

Seniors Grant Miller and Mat MacDonell recorded two goals each. Senior goal keeper Jack Curley was credited with 10 saves.

PHOTO GALLERIES — Galleries are up for the 2008 Chance for Children and the Triton Invitational. Go to the left hand side of the water polo web page to access the galleries.

PEPP PARENT AND FANS — Thanks to all the parents, family and Wave fans who cheered the team on in San Diego. Waves definitely out cheered the Trojan fans, which doesn’t happen often. Keep up the good work!

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS — The Waves begin the 2008 season ranked No. 7 nationally, according to NCAA Div. I pre-season polls.

COACH KOCUR — Coach Jack Kocur is in his third year as head coach. Kocur took over the position from Terry Schroeder when he took a leave of absence to serve as the assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 2006. Kocur was a member of the Waves 1997 national championship team, earning first All-American honors as a senior. Kocur spent four seasons as an assistant under Schroeder.

COACH O’BRIEN — Coach Gary O’Brien begins his first season as assistant coach. O’Brien played for UCLA and then went on to play semi-professionally in Australia. He has eight years of coaching experience at the high school, community college, university and club level.

PEPPERDINE HISTORY — In its 33 seasons, the Pepperdine water polo program has posted an overall record of 622-375-8, including a 151-104 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record. The Waves have posted 14 20+ win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships 12 times, claiming the program’s lone national title in 1997.

SENSATIONAL SENIORS — Pepperdine’s five seniors are expected to be the core of the 2008 team. Four of the five redshirted their junior season in order to be a part of this season’s team: attacker and 2007 All-American Adam Hewko (Irvine, Calif./Servite, HS), centerback Matt Digges (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS), centerback and two-time All-American Grant Miller (La Verne, Calif./La Verne HS) and utility Matt MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep.) . Jack Curley (Sonoma, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) is expected to be a top contender for the starting goalkeeper position.

UPCOMING — The No. 7 ranked Pepperdine men’s water polo team (3-1) takes on cross town rival Loyola Marymount (3-1) this Saturday.

GAME #5 — PEPPERDINE VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT — Saturday, 11:30 a.m. — The Waves travel to LMU to meet the No. 8 Lions at the Burns Aquatic Center, at the LMU campus, this weekend.

The Lions took third place this weekend at the Triton Invitational. LMU suffered a dissapointing loss to No. 2 USC (10-9) in the semi-finals when the match went into double overtime and then sudden death. The Lions came back to beat No. 9 Long Beach 12-8. Sophomore Tibor Forai was credited with 10 goals for the weekend

POMONA-PITZER RECAP —The Waves dominated the 2007 SCIAC champions beating them 21-10.

Senior Grant Miller was credited with four goals, while junior transfer Jacob Young and junior J.P. MacDonell were responsible for three each. Sophomore Blake Hubbell recorded two goals for the Waves.

UC DAVIS RECAP — Pepperdine came back on Saturday afternoon to defeat No. 11 UC Davis 13-5.

J.P. MacDonell was the high scorer with five goals. Grant Miller added four more to make an individual total of eight goals for the day. Clayton Snyder and Adam Hewko each scored two goals for the Waves.

LONG BEACH RECAP — The Waves took on No. 9 Long Beach in the semi-finals and continued their domination with a 14-8 victory. A very physical game saw five players foul out and 28 ejections for the 49ers.

Seniors Grant Miller and Adam Hewko along with junior J.P Macdonell were each credited with three goals. Junior Taylor Watson and Sophomore Andrew Milcovich each scored two goals.

USC RECAP — Pepperdine faced No. 2 USC in an early evening final. A tightly contested game went into double overtime with the Trojans scoring the winning goal (7-6). The Waves held the lead by one in the third quarter and then again in the fourth, however the Trojans answered with goals of their own tieing the game at the end of regulation play.

Seniors Grant Miller and Mat MacDonell recorded two goals each. Senior goal keeper Jack Curley was credited with 10 saves.

PHOTO GALLERIES — Galleries are up for the 2008 Chance for Children and the Triton Invitational. Go to the left hand side of the water polo web page to access the galleries.

PEPP PARENT AND FANS — Thanks to all the parents, family and Wave fans who cheered the team on in San Diego. Waves definitely out cheered the Trojan fans, which doesn’t happen often. Keep up the good work!

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS — The Waves begin the 2008 season ranked No. 7 nationally, according to NCAA Div. I pre-season polls.

COACH KOCUR — Coach Jack Kocur is in his third year as head coach. Kocur took over the position from Terry Schroeder when he took a leave of absence to serve as the assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 2006. Kocur was a member of the Waves 1997 national championship team, earning first All-American honors as a senior. Kocur spent four seasons as an assistant under Schroeder.

COACH O’BRIEN — Coach Gary O’Brien begins his first season as assistant coach. O’Brien played for UCLA and then went on to play semi-professionally in Australia. He has eight years of coaching experience at the high school, community college, university and club level.

PEPPERDINE HISTORY — In its 33 seasons, the Pepperdine water polo program has posted an overall record of 622-375-8, including a 151-104 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record. The Waves have posted 14 20+ win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships 12 times, claiming the program’s lone national title in 1997.

SENSATIONAL SENIORS — Pepperdine’s five seniors are expected to be the core of the 2008 team. Four of the five redshirted their junior season in order to be a part of this season’s team: attacker and 2007 All-American Adam Hewko (Irvine, Calif./Servite, HS), centerback Matt Digges (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS), centerback and two-time All-American Grant Miller (La Verne, Calif./La Verne HS) and utility Matt MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep.) . Jack Curley (Sonoma, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) is expected to be a top contender for the starting goalkeeper position.

AMAZING COMEBACK — Adam Hewko returns after taking spring semester off to train with the USA National Team. Hewko underwent shoulder surgery in January and suffered a life-threatening complication which kept him out of training for several months. The Waves top scorer (59 goals for the 2007 season) made it to the final cuts for the USA Olympic Water Polo Team despite his late start. Hewko is fully recovered and should be a major scoring force for the Waves this season. Hewko was ranked No. 30 nationally last season for goals scored.

OUTSTANDING JUNIORS — Attacker J.P. MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep.) was the second highest scorer for the Waves last season with 58 goals and finished the season ranked No. 35 nationally for goals. Macdonell is a two-time All-MPSF honorable mention selection. Center Clayton Snyder (Seal Beach, Calif./ Los Alamitos, HS) returns as one of the top ranked scorers in the MPSF finishing the season with 42 goals.

UP AND COMING SOPHOMORES — Attackers Andrew Milcovich (Walnut Creek, Calif./Bellarmine HS) and Taylor Watson (Alamo, Calif./Monte Vista HS) are expected to be major contributors to the Waves offense this season.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYER — Freshman John Hahn (Sydney, Australia/Macquorie University) joins the Waves as another top contender for the starting goalkeeper position. Hahn has extensive experience with the Australian National Junior Team.

WAVES HOST SOCAL AND MPSF TOURNAMENTS — On October 6-7, the Pepperdine men’s water polo team will host the SoCal Tournament in conjunction with Loyola Marymount. The tournament will feature the top teams in the nation including No. 1 ranked California, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Stanford and No 4 UCLA.

The Malibu campus will be the setting for the 2008 MPSF Championships on November 27-30. Once again, the top teams in the nation — California, USC, Stanford and UCLA with the addition of UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Pacific — meet to determine the 2008 MPSF champion.


 

 

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