Men's Water Polo: No. 8 Waves Open MPSF Play Saturday vs. No. 4 UC Irvine
Oct. 10, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. — No. 8 Pepperdine men’s water polo continues its homestand when it opens MPSF play with a pair of big home matches at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The Waves host No. 4 UC Irvine Saturday, October 13 in an 11:00 a.m. contest and then welcome No. 5 Stanford for a 1:00 p.m. start on Sunday. Pepperdine got a preview of the Cardinal in the 2012 SoCal Tournament, dropping a 13-8 decision.
GAME #12 — Saturday (Oct. 13) at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in Malibu, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine (7-5) vs. #4 UC Irvine (14-3) at 11:00 a.m.
GAME #13 — Sunday (Oct. 14) at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in Malibu, Calif.: #8 Pepperdine vs. #5 Stanford (6-3, 0-1 MPSF) at 1:00 p.m.
RANKINGS — Pepperdine is ranked No. 8 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association for the second straight week after spending the previous two weeks at No. 7.
UC IRVINE — The Anteaters own a 59-44-1 lead in the all-time series. The Waves took a 11-10 win last season to snap a five-match losing streak, but UC Irvine won the 2011 series head-to-head 2-1.
STANFORD — The Cardinal own a 71-12 series lead against the Waves, dating to 1975. Pepperdine’s last win against Stanford came in a 8-7 overtime thriller in 2008.
LAST WEEK — Pepperdine took a 12-6 win against Concordia last Saturday. The Waves got production throughout its lineup as nine players scored, led by a pair of goals from James Perry (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS), Matthew DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Diablo Valley CC) and Stephen Loomis (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS). Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary) recorded 12 saves for Pepperdine.
WAVE NOTABLES — Senior ATK Stephen Loomis enters MPSF play as Pepperdine’s leading scorer with 25 goals, while fellow senior ATK Matthew DeTrane rates second with 23 goals to go along with a team-high 16 assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Bence Valics has played every minute in goal this season and has collected 149 saves. Valics ranks second among MPSF leaders in saves per game (12.42).
HOME POOL ADVANTAGE — In its first 37 years of existence, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool has hosted many Pepperdine victories. The Waves entered this season 265-103 all-time at home, boasting a win percentage of .720. The Waves have posted a winning record at home in 30 of 37 seasons.
COACH MOSES — Two-time U.S. Olympian (2008, 2012) and former Pepperdine All-American Merrill Moses has recently joined the staff as an interim co-head coach this season. Moses led the United States to a gold medal at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games. Moses also led the Waves to the 1997 national championship where they captured their first title.
COACH RODRIGUEZ — William “Willo” Rodriguez is the other interim co-head coach along with Moses. Rodriguez was a two-year player for the Waves and also was an assistant coach in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.”Willo” is a former member of the Puerto Rican National Squad that competed at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003.
COACH SCHROEDER — Water polo icon Terry Schroeder is a volunteer coach for the 2012 season. But he has much bigger plans in 2013, as Pepperdine has announced that Schroeder will return as the men’s water polo head coach next year. In his first stint with Pepperdine (1986-2005) he amassed 340 wins and a national championship in 1997. The head coach for USA Water Polo at the last two Olympics, Schroeder has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2005), U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame (1998) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (1985).
PEPPERDINE WATER POLO HISTORY — Since 1990, only five different universities have won an NCAA water polo title: four football schools and Pepperdine. The Waves claimed their first NCAA title by beating USC in the final in 1997. Heading into 2012, the Waves had posted winning records in 28 of 37 seasons and had an all-time record of 682-426-8.