Waves Face Nation's Best at SoCal
UPCOMING Â The Pepperdine men’s water polo team travels to Irvine to compete in the SoCal Tournament this Saturday and Sunday (Oct.13-14) hosted by UC Irvine. The 16-team event will feature 14 of the top 18 ranked teams in the nation, including No. 1 USC, No. 2 Cal, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Pepperdine.
MATCH #21 Â No. 5 Pepperdine (17-3, 0-1) will face No. 14 Bucknell (11-3) Saturday at 12 p.m., at the Corona Del Mar High School Pool. The Waves are playing in Bracket D, which includes UCLA, Bucknell, Pepperdine and Pacific.
MATCH # 22 Â To be determined by the outcome of the Pepperdine VS Bucknell match and UCLA VS Pacific match. The match will be held at the Corona Del Mar site.
MATCH #23 and #24 Â These matches will be played on Sunday and the time and location will be determined by the outcome of match #22 and match #23.
PEPPERDINE AT CLAREMONT CONVERGENCE Â The Waves went 5-0 at the Claremont Convergence last weekend (Oct. 5-6). The highlight of the event was the final game against Pomona-Pitzer. Former assistant Waves coach Alex Rodriguez is now the head coach for the Hens. Rodriguez was instrumental in recruiting some of the Pepperdine upperclassmen.
STANDOUTS Â Freshman Uriel Villa (Commerce, Calif./ Montebello HS) and senior Nick Corjon (La Verne, Calif./ Bonita HS) were scoring leaders for the Waves with eight goals each. Junior Matt MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./ Bellarmine HS) and sophomore Clayton Snyder (Seal Beach, Calif./ Los Alamitos HS) were responsible for seven goals apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Stachowski and freshman goalkeeper Bryce McLain (Costa Mesa, Calif./ Newport Beach HS) did an outstanding job in the net keeping defensive goals at five or under in every match.
PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS Â The Waves remain No. 5 for the fourth straight week.
WAVES IN THE NATIONAL TOP 50 Â The Waves were represented in each of the individual and team national water polo rankings this week. On the top 50 individual goal scorers list was No. 27 J.P. MacDonell (34 goals, 2.0/ per game) and No. 38 Adam Hewko (30 goals, 2.1/ per game). For team rankings, the Waves were No.19 for team goal leaders (247 goals, 12.4/ per game) and No. 19 for defensive leaders (127 goals against, 6.4 goals against average).
CURLEY #1 IN MPSF RANKING Â Goalie saves: No.1 Jack Curley (82 saves, 11.71 saves per game), No.10 Travis Stachowski (65 saves, 6.50 saves per game). Scoring leaders: No. 8 Adam Hewko (30 goals, 2.14 per/game), No. 9 J.P. MacDonell (34 goals, 2.00 per game), No. 24 Clayton Snyder (22 goals, 1.38 per/game). Goals against average: No. 3 Travis Stachowski (55 goals against, 5.50 goals against average), No. 5 Jack Curley (48 goals against, 6.86 goals against average).
PHOTO GALLERY Â The Waves water polo website www.pepperdinesports.com now contains a photo gallery. Go to the blue button on the left hand side of the page to access the albums.
UP NEXT ÂThe Waves play Pacific and California at home on Oct. 20-21.
JACK KOCUR Â Coach Jack Kocur served as interim head coach for the 2006 season, and this will be his first season as head coach as he takes over for Terry Schroeder who is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team. Kocur was a member of Pepperdine’s 1997 national championship team, earning first All-American honors as a senior. Kocur had spent four seasons as an assistant under Schroeder prior to the 2006 season. Former Pepperdine player William Rodriguez is in his second season as assistant coach.
PEPPERDINE HISTORY Â In its first 33 seasons, the Pepperdine water polo program has posted an overall record of 596-363, including a 165-104 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record.The Waves have posted 13 20+ win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships 12 times, claiming the program’s lone national title in 1997.
ADAM HEWKO Â Pepperdine attacker Adam Hewko spent the summer training and representing the United States at the Pan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The U.S. team went undefeated in the competition and defeated Brazil in the finals to take the gold medal. Hewko scored a goal in the championship match and helped the U.S. to a 9-2 victory over Brazil. The victory secured the U.S. a spot at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, next summer. Hewko reunited with Coach Terry Schroeder and alumni Jesse Smith and Merrill Moses as members of the national team.