September 28, 2011

No. 6 Men's Water Polo Travels To SoCal Tournament

Weekly Release in PDF Format l Coach Graham Video Interview

What's Happening:
No. 6 Pacific will journey to Long Beach, Calif., to participate in the 2011 SoCal Tournament hosted by Long Beach State.  A first-round match-up versus No. 11 Loyola Marymount will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, at 12:30 p.m, followed by a second-round game later that day. Also in the Tigers' bracket are No. 3 California and No. 16 Santa Clara.

The SoCal Tournament website can be found here.

Last Week In Brief
The Tigers faced off against No. 3 California on Saturday, Sept. 24, dropping a close 8-6 decision despite a hat trick from sophomore Balazs Erdelyi.

Sunday, Sept. 25, saw the Orange and Black battle then-No. 14 Concordia, defeating the Eagles 14-13 in overtime. A match with Redlands later that day saw Pacific dominate the Bulldogs 16-8.

A Quick Look Ahead
Pacific will head up I-5 for a match with No. 9 UC Davis Friday, Oct. 7. The two squads have already met once this season, with the Tigers claiming a hard-fought 8-7 win. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Scouting Loyola Marymount
The Lions enter Saturday's match with Pacific at 5-3 on the year, but are 1-3 in their last four matches. Against MPSF foes, LMU is 0-2 with both decisions coming by way of 11-7 scores.

Senior Edgaras Asajavicius entered this season 10th all-time in LMU history with 149 career goals and 12th all-time with 56 career assists. He was an Honorable Mention All-America selection last season.

Scouting California
The Golden Bears sit at 8-1 on the year, their only loss coming at the hands of UCLA in the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament.

Pacific and California faced off last weekend, with California earning an 8-6 win behind four goals from reigning National Player of the Year Ivan Rackov.

Scouting Santa Clara
SCU owns a 9-6 record and are 6-2 in their last eight matches. Against MPSF foes, the Broncos are 0-4 and have been outscored 66-16.

The Tigers and Santa Clara have met twice this season with Pacific winning both matches.

Recapping Last Week

Pacific 6, No. 3 California 8
Pacific was unable to overcome an early deficit as the Tigers fell to No. 3 California 8-6 Saturday, Sept. 24, in a non-conference match.

The Golden Bears held Pacific to just one goal in the first half, taking a 3-1 lead into the break. The Tigers stormed back, however, netting two third-quarter scorers to cut California's lead to 4-3 with one quarter to play.

The Orange and Black were able to get within one goal three different times but could not get a stop on defense as California sealed the win with a late goal.

Sophomore Balazs Erdelyi notched a hat trick while senior Tom Koning added a pair of scores. Sophomore Alex Malkis recorded 12 saves in the cage.

Pacific 14, No. 14 Concordia 13 (2OT)
Erdelyi scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers late in the second overtime period to earn a 14-13 win over Concordia Sunday, Sept. 25

Neither team could gain separation from one another early as the match was tied 3-3 at the end of the first and 6-6 heading into intermission. Concordia gained a quick 7-6 advantage in the third but back-to-back Pacific scores gave the hosts an 8-7 lead going into the final quarter.

The Tigers increased their lead to 9-7 with 6:30 lef to play, but the Eagles battled back to tie it at 9-9. Two more Pacific goals put the hosts back on top but Concordia managed to finish twice more, including the game-tying goal with three seconds left to force overtime.

The Orange and Black again jumped out to a two-goal lead but consecutive scores from the visitors tied the match early in the second overtime. The game-winning goal came courtesy of Erdelyi at the 1:12 mark. The Eagles would have two more chances but came up empty both times.

Junior Goran Tomasevic led the Tigers with four goals while Erdelyi recorded his second-straight hat trick. Also scoring three times were Koning and senior Daniel Lungu. Malkis tallied 11 saves.

Pacific 16, Redlands 8
A balanced scoring attack led the Tigers to a 16-8 win over Redlands Sunday, Sept. 25.

Pacific raced out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and took a 9-3 advantage into halftime. The two squads played even the rest of the way, but Redlands was unable to generate enough offense to mount a comeback.

A total of eight Tigers scored during the match. Doyle, Erdelyi, and Szabo all recorded three goals while Morrison and Wensley netted twice. Senior Joey Frantz played a complete game, registering seven saves.