Waves Fall to Stanford in MPSF Opening Round, 9-7
Nov. 25, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's water polo team controlled the flow of its opening-round game in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in both the first and fourth periods, but allowed Stanford to score eight times in the second and third quarters as the Cardinal moved into the winner's bracket of the conference tournament with a 9-7 victory over the Waves Friday afternoon.
Adam Hewko and Grant Miller put the Waves (17-10) on the board first with a pair of goals at the 5:29 and 3:21 marks. The lead could have easily been one more as the Stanford goalie was caught out of the net on a scramble in front of the cage, but a Doug Mann shot came up just short of breaking the plane of the goal. The Cardinal would get on the board for the first time with :02 remaining in the opening seven minutes of play.
Pepperdine's lone goal of the second quarter would come at the 5:17 mark as Matt Digges beat the Stanford keeper with the Waves on the man-advantage. But the Cardinal would score four goals in frame and hold a 5-3 lead at the break.
Jesse Smith would score both Pepperdine's goals in the third quarter, but Stanford would add to its lead with four goals and carried a 9-5 advantage into the final period.
"I felt like we played tight today and even more so when we jumped out on them early," commented head coach Terry Schroeder. "We got a bit impatient and that led to some good looks for them in transition. We had some good looks even at the end but didn't take the shots we should have."
Miller's second goal of the day came at the 4:54 mark and Smith would make true on a four-meter shot at the 3:47 as Pepperdine closed the gap on the Cardinal. The Waves' defense limited the Cardinal's looks, while the Pepperdine offense created several scoring chances over the final two minutes but the Waves were unable to pull any close in the contest.
The Waves will move into the consolation bracket of play and will be back in action Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. (PT) against either UC Irvine or Pacific.