Pepperdine Rides Valics and Madaras to Victory

Bence Valics had a season high 20 saves to lead the Waves

Nov. 2, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. – Led by All-American goalie Bence Valics and junior Marko Madaras, No. 9 Pepperdine defeated No. 7 Long Beach State 10-8 Saturday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

Valics (Eger Hungary/Szilagyi Erzsebet Secondary) had a season high 20 saves while Madaras (Eger, Hungary/Golden West College) put away five goals to lead the Waves (9-9, 1-3 MPSF) past the 49ers (17-7, 1-2 MPSF).

“Once we settled down on defense and went back into a zone, Bence really took over and did a great job for us in the cage,” Pepperdine Head Coach Terry Schroeder said. “They couldn’t score six on six from the outside and going down the stretch we had a good fourth quarter and he made some key saves which pretty much iced the game.”

Long Beach State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but a goal by senior Mike Tragitt (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) narrowed the lead to just one in the first. The teams would trade goals in the second quarter and the 49ers led 6-5 at halftime but were outscored by the Waves 5-2 in the second half.

Madaras now has 29 goals on the year that ranks second on the team. Luke Hewko (Irvine, Calif./Servite HS) continued his impressive season with a pair of goals giving him 53 for the season.

The Waves’ next match is at home against No. 2 Pacific on Friday, November 6. Match time against the Tigers is set for 3:00 p.m. in a match streamed live on via WaveCasts.

NOTES: Valics’ career high for saves (21) came against Long Beach State last year…Madaras also scored five goals in a game earlier this season against Concordia…Madaras’ 29 goals are now a career high as he had 28 last season…Hewko’s two goals give him 53 on the year, that’s the most by a Pepperdine player since J.P MacDonell scored 55 in 2009…The Waves improve to 69-32 all-time vs. LBSU and 21-9 in Malibu.

No. 9 Pepperdine def. No. 7 Long Beach State 10-8
Saturday, November 2 – Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool – Malibu, Calif.
LBSU: 4 – 2 –1 – 1 - 8
PEPP: 3 – 2 – 2 – 3 - 10

PEPPERDINE GOALS: Madaras (5), Hewko (2), Tragitt (2), Candau

PEPPERDINE SAVES: Valics 20 (7/13)

LBSU GOALS: Kappos (2), Lappas (2), Guimares, Mefford, Reilly, Vrzic

LBSU SAVES: Ljepopio 7 (5/2)



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