Waves Come Close but Fall Short Against No. 1 UCLA
Oct. 24, 2004
The Pepperdine men's water polo team battled the entire match but came up just short as top-seeded UCLA scored with less than a minute left to hand the Waves a 7-6 loss Sunday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on Sunday.
The loss dropped the Waves to 9-10 on the season and 1-3 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play.
Pepperdine struck first in Sunday's match thanks to a goal by Freshman Grant Miller, the first of his two on the day. The Bruins answered with two goals of their own in the first to go up 2-1. The Waves pulled even at the end of the quarter when Jeff Willis found the back of the net with 0:12 left.
Knotted at two, UCLA pulled away with three unanswered goals in the second quarter to go up 5-2 at halftime. Pepperdine came out strong at half, scoring three goals of their own to tie the match at 5 heading into the final quarter. Miller's second goal of the game help the waves pull even as well as goals by Matt Hahn and Matt Lee.
The Waves jumped out to an early lead in the fourth when Nick Corjon scored at 5:57. UCLA pulled even at 3:11 and eventually took the lead when Michael March scored with 0:31 left in the match.
Pepperdine fired a last second shot that sailed wide as they lost a heartbreaker to the top seeded team in the nation. Goalkeeper Robbie Miller had eight saves in the match, holding the Bruins to seven goals. The Waves continue pay next weekend as they travel north to take on
UCLA 2 3 0 2 7
Pepperdine 2 0 3 1 6
Pepperdine - Miller 2, Willis, Lee, Hahn, Corjon
UCLA - March 2, Garcia 2, Powell, Pietsch, Ormsby
Pepperdine - Miller 8
UCLA - Axelrad 4