Waves Travel to Berkeley to Compete in NorCal Tournament
Sept. 20, 2013
WEEK TWO RECAP: Pepperdine rallied late, but could not come all the way back in dropping a 10-9 decision at rival Loyola Marymount last Saturday at the Burns Center. The Waves (2-1) saw a four-match winning streak against the Lions (2-3) snapped in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle. Pepperdine managed just three goals in the first half and found the back of the net just once in the opening period. Danny White finished with a team-high four goals, while Marko Madaras added a pair. The Waves struggled to solve LMU keeper Gavyn Wild, who collected 10 saves, including two on penalty shots. Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary/Erzsebet Secondary) made nine saves for Pepperdine. COMPLETE LMU RECAP
SEASON PREVIEW: PepperdineSports.com sat down with the Waves coaching staff to talk about the 2013 season. Head coach Terry Schroeder, assistant coach Merrill Moses and director of operations Willo Rodriguez all played and starred for the Waves and recall their experiences in the first of a two-part feature. SEASON PREVIEW PART ONE
RALEIGH RUNNELS POOL RENOVATED: Pepperdine’s Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool underwent a massive renovation project during the spring and summer of 2013 which will ensure the host site for water polo in the 1984 Olympics will flourish in its fourth decade of service. A brand new video scoreboard was also installed and will make its debut when Pepperdine hosts its own invitational Saturday, October 5.
A LOOK AT THE BENCH: Head coach Terry Schroeder will work with some familiar faces on the bench for the 2013 campaign. Pepperdine All-American goalkeeper and 2012 interim co-head coach Merrill Moses, fresh off a stint as the starter for Team USA in the 2013 FINA Championship, will join Waves standout and 2012 interim co-head coach Willo Rodriguez, who will serve as the director of operations. Schroeder coached both Moses and Rodriguez during their time at Pepperdine.
STRONG BETWEEN THE PIPES: Senior All-American goalkeeper Bence Valics will stabilize Pepperdine defensively and turned in a career year as a junior. Valics ranked second among MPSF leaders in saves (11.71) and eighth in GAA (9.33). The Hungarian became the first Pepperdine goalkeeper to record back-to-back seasons with 200-plus saves since Pepperdine Olympian and current assistant coach Merrill Moses accomplished the feat in three straight seasons from 1996-98. Valics collected 211 as a sophomore and corralled a career-high 281 in 2012.
RETURNING OFFENSIVELY: The Waves have some offensive question marks after losing three of their top four scorers from a year ago to graduation. Marko Madaras (Eger, Hungary/Golden West CC) scored 28 goals with 28 assists and Nick Cooper (Clayton, Calif./De La Salle HS) added 15 goals and seven assists are the top returning scorers for the Waves and will be counted on to elevate their games in 2013. One of the team’s leading playmakers in 2012, Mike Tragitt (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) returns after recording 32 assists to go along with six goals and 10 steals. Danny White (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa HS) returns after using a redshirt year and scored 23 goals as a junior in 2011.
WELCOME BACK: Pepperdine welcomes back some familiar faces that did not appearing in pool during the 2012 season. Danny White returns for his senior campaign and scored 23 goals as a junior in 2011 to go along with 16 assists and 16 steals. Sophomore Luke Hewko (Santa Ana, Calif./Servite HS) also comes back and scored 14 goals with four assists and nine steals, while appearing in every match as a true freshman in 2011. Jake Schrimpf (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) also returns for the Waves and scored 16 goals with 14 assists and 13 steals as a freshman in 2010.
WAVES IN THE POLLS: After spending the entire 2012 campaign in the top-10, Pepperdine continued the streak checking in at No. 8 in the CWPA Preseason Poll. After a tough loss at Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine dropped to No. 10 entering week three. Pepperdine was ranked as high as No. 4 last season. The Waves were tabbed to finish ninth in the 2013 MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll. 2013 CWPA Poll | 2013 MPSF Preseason Poll
WAVES BROADCAST IN CYBERSPACE: All of Pepperdine’s home matches during the 2013 regular season will include live streaming video via WaveCasts on PepperdineSports.com. Live twitter updates will be posted for all home matches @PeppWaterPolo.
PEPPERDINE ON THE PAC-12 NETWORK: Pepperdine’s match at UCLA Friday, Sept. 27 will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.