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Waves Travel To MPSF Championships


UPCOMING — The No. 6 Pepperdine men’s water polo team travels to Berkeley, Calif. to participate in the MPSF Championships this weekend.

2007 MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS — The 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships get underway this Friday, Nov. 23, at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.

FIRST ROUND — The No. 6 seeded Waves meet No. 3 seeded Stanford in the first round of competition at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Spieker Aquatics Complex at UC Berkeley.

SECOND ROUND — The second round will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Spieker Aquatics Center. Pepperdine will play either at 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., depending on the outcome of Friday’s game.

FINALS — To be determined by the outcome of Satrday’s matches.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS — The Waves moved up to No. 6 in the national polls this week after last weekend’s wins over UCLA and UC Santa Barbaara.

PEPPERDINE VS. UCLA — Pepperdine men’s water polo goalkeeper Travis Stachowski was selected as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Co-Player of the Week. In one of the longest matches ever played in the history of Pepperdine water polo, the No. 7 Pepperdine men’s water polo team beat No. 3 UCLA in six overtime periods Saturday at UCLA 7-6.

Seven Waves scored individual goals to help defeat UCLA in its home waters.

Sophomore Travis Stachowski (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif / Foothill HS) recorded 18 saves to lead Pepperdine’s defense.

PEPPERDINE VS. SANTA BARBARA — The Pepperdine men’s water polo team ended its conference play Sunday with a 9-7 victory over UC Santa Barbara. The Waves (26-8, 3-5) and the Gauchos (18-5, 3-5) were tied for No. 7 in the national rankings last week.

Senior Grant Miller (La Verne, Calif. / Damien HS) led the offense with three goals. Junior J.P. MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif. / Bellarmine HS) recorded two goals, while sophomore goalkeeper Travis Stachowski was credited with ten saves.

STACHOWSKI MPSF CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK — Pepperdine men’s water polo goalkeeper Travis Stachowski was selected as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Co-Player of the Week. Stachowski shares the honor with Stanford’s Sage Wright.

Stachowki recorded a total of 28 saves over the weekend to lead the Waves defense and help the team to victory over UCLA 7-6 OT and UCSB 9-7.

WAVES IN THE NATIONAL TOP 50 — Pepperdine was represented in each of the individual and team national water polo rankings this week. On the top 50 individual goal scorers list, Adam Hewko (51 goals, 2.1 per game) moved up eighteen spots to No. 30 and J.P. MacDonell moved up two spots to No. 35 (49 goals, 1.9 per game) and For top saves, Travis Stachowski is ranked No. 25 (135 saves, 7.1 per game) . In team rankings, the Waves moved up two places to No. 5 for team goal leaders (357 goals, 11.9 per game) and moved to No. 7 for defensive leaders (237 goals against, 7.4 per game). Waiting for 11/20 update.

FIVE PLAYERS IN MPSF TOP RANKINGS — Travis Stachowski moved up to No. 3 for goals against average (139 goals, 6.621 goals against average) and move up to No.9 for goalie saves (163 saves, 7.76 saves per game). For scoring leaders, Adam Hewko moved to the No. 7 spot (52 goals, 2.00 per game), J.P. MacDonell stayed at No. 8 (53 goals, 1.89 per game), Caleb Hamilton fell to No. 18 (28 goals, 1.40 per game) and Clayton Snyder moved to the No. 19 spot (40 goals, 1.38 per game). with Hamilton. For team points, Pepperdine moved down to No. 4 (378 goals, 11.12 per game). The Waves stayed at No. 5 for team goalkeeping (306 saves, 249 game average, 7.32 goals against average).



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