No. 5 Pacific Water Polo Hosts 2011 NorCal Tournament

No. 5 Pacific Water Polo Hosts 2011 NorCal Tournament

Weekly Release in PDF Format l Coach Graham Video Interview

What's Happening
The No. 5 Tigers will play host to the annual NorCal Tournament on Sept. 17 and 18. The prestigious 16-team tournament will see Pacific face off against No. 16 Santa Clara in its first-round match on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Kjeldsen Pool. An afternoon tilt with either No. 4 Stanford or No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) awaits the Orange and Black.

NorCal Tourney Ticket Info
Pacific will play host to the prestigious NorCal Tournament on Sept. 17 and 18. Tickets are $20 per day and are good at both Pacific's Kjeldsen Pool as well as Delta College's Fergusson Pool. Pacific students are free with a student ID.

NorCal Final Four To Be Video Streamed Over Internet
Fans will be able to watch the seventh place, fifth place, third place, and championship matches live over the Internet. This marks the first instance that Pacific water polo matches will be broadcast live. Viewers can watch the matches here after either logging in or creating an account. A tournament pass is available for $9.95 that grants access to all four matches.

Get NorCal Updates On Twitter
Follow @MWP_NorCal for score updates of each match. Scores will be posted following the conclusion of each match. 

Last Week In Brief
Pacific opened its 2011 campaign at the Golden Bear Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. The Tigers faced a pair of ranked foes on Saturday, Sept. 3, defeating then-No. 14 Santa Clara 11-12 in the morning before returning to the pool to beat then-No. 13 UC Davis 8-7 in the afternoon. Senior attacker Tom Koning paced the Orange and Black with seven goals, five of which came against Santa Clara.

Scouting Santa Clara
The Broncos enter their rematch with Pacific at 4-3 on the year but are riding a four-game win streak after a successful appearance at the Princeton Invitational last week. The Tigers defeated SCU 11-2 in their season opener at the Golden Bear Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. California, Santa Clara's only other top-10 foe, routed the Broncos 21-3. Senior Michael Wishart mans the cage for SCU, recording double-digit saves in two of their last four games.  The Broncos' offensive attack is led by senior James Case who tallied 59 goals last season.

Scouting Stanford
The Cardinal sit at 1-0 through three weeks, having defeated Fresno Pacific 16-0 in their lone non-scrimmage of the season. Ten different Stanford players scored, led by a hat trick from senior Peter Sefton. Pacific defeated the Cardinal 10-9 last season in their lone match.

Scouting St. Francis
St. Francis owns a 3-4 record entering the NorCal Tournament but are winners of their last three matches. The Terriers went 3-1 at the Princeton Invitational last weekend, their only lost coming to then-No. 14 Santa Clara in a close 11-10 match. Senior Filip Sasic led St. Francis with a season-high five goals in their win over George Washington last week.

Recapping Last Week
No. 5 Pacific 11, No. 14 Santa Clara 2
A five-goal performance from senior attacker Tom Koning paced the Tigers to a season-opening 11-2 victory over Santa Clara.

Pacific put the Broncos away early, tallying four goals in the first quater en route to a 5-1 lead at intermission. The Tigers cruised from there, scoring a trio of goals in each of the final periods.

Seniors Jasper VisserLance Morrison, and Tyler Reardon also finished for the Orange and Black. Morrison put two shots into the back of the cage while Reardon used a penalty shot to register his point.

Also finishing for the Tigers were freshmen Alex Obert and Sean Grady, both of whom notched their first collegiate goals.

Senior Joey Frantz manned the cage for Pacific, playing all four quarters and recording six saves.

Santa Clara received goals from senior James Case and redshirt sophomore Theo Nasser. Senior goalkeeper Michael Wishart saved 13 shots.

No. 5 Pacific 8, No. 13 UC Davis 7
Junior All-American Goran Tomasevic provided a last-second goal to lift the Tigers to an 8-7 win over UC Davis.

The Croatian center drew an ejection with less than ten seconds remaining in the match before finishing on the six-on-five that followed.

The Orange and Black trailed 3-2 at halftime but used a three-goal third quarter to notch the game at 5-5 heading into the final period. After a back-and-fourth battle that saw both teams tally twice, Tomasevic put his third goal of the match into the back of the cage, giving Pacific the win.

Koning continued his strong play, recording a pair of goals. Junior Balazs Szabo and redshirt juniorJoe Orr also scored.

Sophomore Alex Malkis finished with four saves in a complete game effort.

Senior Aaron Salit led UC Davis with four goals while senior Kevin Peat tallied eight saves.

"It was a good way to open the season with two wins against solid non-conference opponents," head coach James Graham said. "It was nice to see all of our guys get playing time and I was excited to see our freshmen step up."