No. 6 Waves Get Chance For Revenge Against LMU in NorCal Tournament
Sept. 29, 2004
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Next Week for the Waves: The Waves head into this weekend with an even record at 4-4. Saturday's 11:40 a.m. match against LMU will mark the first day of play in the 2004 NorCal Tournament and the second consecutive contest against the Lions. Pepperdine looks to enact revenge on LMU after suffering a 12-9 loss last weekend. This years NorCal Tournament features many local rivals as well as some of the top ranked teams in the nation.
Last Weekend for the Waves: The Waves had a light weekend with only one match against cross-town rival Loyola Marymount University. The 11th ranked Lions finished strong though as they went on to upset Pepperdine and hand them a 12-9 loss.
Pepperdine entered the final quarter of play down by merely one goal but struggled to keep the Lions out of the net as LMU unloaded four goals in the fourth to put the match out of reach.
Six Waves scored in the contest including two goals each by Grant Miller, Matt Digges and Matt MacDonell. Josh Acosta, Tom Jasper and Adam Hewko also contributed goals in the match.
Goalkeeper Robbie Miller had four saves in the match but struggled to shut down LMU in the fourth quarter as the game got out of reach and ended Pepperdine's hopes of staying above .500 heading into this weekend's tournament.
The loss was the second straight for the Waves which marks the first time all season that Pepperdine has suffered consecutive losses.
The Leaderboard: Josh Acosta's goal against LMU gave him his fifteenth on the season and keeps him atop the leaderboard as the highest scoring Wave this season.
As a team the Waves are tied for seventh with Long Beach State in the MPSF standings in both goals per game and goals allowed per game. Pepperdine has averaged 8.25 goals per contest while holding opponents to 6.88 per match.
The Polls: The Waves currently boasts a 4-4 record on the season with all four losses coming against ranked opponents. Pepperdine currently holds a national rank of sixth after starting the season with a rank of five. The Waves look to improve on that ranking as they head into their match against No. 11 Loyola Marymount this Saturday as they open the 2004 NorCal Tournament. The Waves are currently slotted seventh in the MPSF standings with their first league match not coming until October 9 against UC Irvine.
The NorCal Tournament: This weekend's tournament will pit the Waves against some of the best teams in the nation. The weekend event will feature 18 of the nation's top 20 teams including the top 13. Pepperdine has been placed in the Pacific bracket which will give them the opportunity to play against either No 2. Stanford or No. 3 Cal. The Waves will play two matches on Saturday which will decide their place in Sundays final matches.
Breakin' it Down: The Waves have started the season with a fairly balanced offensive attack averaging 2.25 goals per game in the first, third and fourth quarters. This average either matches or bests their opponents in each of these periods. The second quarter has been the weakest for the Waves thus far as they have only scored 13 goals while allowing 18 in eight matches this season.
Pepperdine also boasts a 3-2 record in Saturday games while they are 1-2 in Sunday matches.
The Coach: Regarded as one of the world's all-time outstanding players, and the U.S. National team captain from 1983-92, Dr. Terry Schroeder is in the midst of his 19th season as Pepperdine's head coach. The Waves have enjoyed tremendous success during Schroeder's previous 18 campaigns, posting a cumulative record of 307-195 (.612), earning eight NCAA Championships berths and claiming the program's first-ever national title in 1997.
Under Schroeder's watchful eye, Pepperdine has been a regular contender in recent years for the NCAA title, winning 20 or more games in a season on seven occasions. Pepperdine notched a 19-8 record last season and finished tied for fifth in the nine-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Schroeder directed Pepperdine to a dazzling 25-3 (.893) mark in 1997, the best single-season winning percentage in the program's history. The campaign was highlighted by an 8-7 overtime win over local rival USC in the NCAA title game played at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatics Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Not only did the program have four players earn first team All-American honors from U.S. Water Polo, but Schroeder was named the national "Coach of the Year" in 1997, as Pepperdine won its first-ever NCAA crown in water polo.
Tabbed the Big West Conference (BWC) "Coach of the Year" in 1989, Schroeder has directed Pepperdine to five regular season league titles. Schroeder oversaw a smooth transition of the Pepperdine program in 1986 when he succeeeded longtime head coach Rick Rowland. The Waves rolled to a 23-11 record, winning the BWC title with an 11-1 mark, and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. In 1991, the Waves compiled a 24-7 record and tied UC Irvine for the BWC title. Pepperdine recorded what had been its best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships that season, defeating UC Irvine by a final score of 9-7 to earn a third place finish.
Pepperdine earned a fourth place finish at the 1989 NCAA Championships and was fifth in 1987, 1990 and 1992. The 1997 team won its first 14 games and claimed the regular season MPSF title with a perfect 8-0 mark. Schroeder was selected the MPSF "Coach of the Year" for the first time since the league was formed for water polo back in 1992. Schroeder was tabbed the University's 1997-98 "Coach of the Year." Pepperdine advanced to the championship game of the MPSF Tournament in 1998 before falling to Stanford by a final score of 11-8 in overtime. Schroeder shared the league's "Coach of the Year" award with UC Irvine's Ted Newland.
A four-time Olympian, Schroeder maintains a busy schedule which includes coaching, working as a chiropractor and promoting water polo. The Schroeder-led U.S. team finished second to Yugoslavia at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, and placed fourth at the 1992 event in Barcelona, Spain. Schroeder helped the U.S. win its first-ever major international water polo competition in 1991, as the Americans captured the FINA Cup in Barcelona, downing longtime nemesis Yugoslavia in the title game. Schroeder also modeled for a statue which was unveiled prior to the 1984 Olympic Games at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and carried the U.S. flag at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. A graduate of San Marcos High in Santa Barbara, Schroeder earned All-American honors at Pepperdine in 1977, 1978 and 1980. Schroeder led the Waves to fourth place finishes at the NCAA Championships in each of those seasons and a cumulative four-year record of 109-39 (.736).