Waves On The Road This Week

UPCOMING — The No. 4 ranked Pepperdine men’s water polo team takes to the road this week to meet two MPSF rivals.

GAME # 17 — PEPPERDINE vs. UC DAVIS Friday —  Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. — The Waves meet No. 13 UCD at the Schaal Aquatics Center, in Davis Calif.

The Aggies (7-8) are coming off a 12-7 win over Santa Clara last weekend. Senior Adam Bennett led the team with three goals.

GAME # 18 — PEPPERDINE vs. PACIFIC Saturday —  Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. Â— The No. 11 Tigers (9-10, 1-2) finished 14th at the SoCal Tournament last weekend.

Pacific edged Bucknell 9-8 in its first game of the tournament. Sophomore Austin Delong scored four goals, while Grant Hollis recorded three. Goalkeeper Brian Domecus was responsible for 15 saves.

The Waves will play at the Chris Kjeldsen pool, in Stockton, Calif.

MILCOVICH vs. MILCOVICH — The Milcovich brothers will face each other at the Pacific game on Saturday afternoon. The match could be the last time two will meet as Will Milcovich is in his final season. Their father will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday while he roots for both teams.

SOCAL TOURNAMENT — The Waves (12-4, 1-0), co-hosted this year’s SoCal Tournament with Loyola Marymount and finished fifth.

PEPPERDINE vs. REDLANDS RECAP — The Waves rolled over Redlands in the first match of the tournament, 14-2.

Mat MacDonell, Blake Hubbell and Adam Hewko were responsible for two goals each. John Hahn had four saves in the first half, while Jack Curley was credited with four in the second half.

PEPPERDINE vs. CALIFORNIA RECAP — Pepperdine suffered a disappointing loss to No. 5 California in overtime, 8-6.

J.P. MacDonell led the offense with two goals. Goalkeeper John Hahn was credited with 10 saves.

PEPPERDINE vs. UCSB RECAP — Mat MacDonell led the team to a 12-10 victory over UCSB with four goals. The Waves scored five goals in the first quarter to the Gauchos one.

PEPPERDINE vs. LMU RECAP — Grant Miller was the high scorer against LMU with four goals. Adam Hewko added three goals. The Waves blew by the Lions 11-5. John Hahn was responsible for 10 saves.

MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK — Freshman John Hahn was selected as the MPSF Player of the Week for the last week in September. Hahn had 16 saves against California to help the Waves upset the Golden Bears 7-5.

PHOTO GALLERIES — Galleries are up for the Cal- Claremont Matches NorCal Tournament, LMU Match, 2008 Chance for Children and the Triton Invitational. Go to the left hand side of the water polo web page to access the galleries.

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS — The Waves moved up in the rankings to No. 4 nationally after defeating Cal, 7-5, according to the latest NCAA Div. I polls.

MPSF RANKINGS — Five Waves make the top 24 for goals scored in the MPSF individual statistics this week. Grant Miller and J.P. MacDonell share the No. 5 spot this week for goals scored with 30/ 1.88 avg. Adam Hewko is ranked No. 11 with 27 goals and a 1.69 game average. Mat MacDonell follows in the No. 12 spot with 26 goals and a 1.63 game average. Clayton Snyder holds the No. 23 spots with 20 goals scored and a 1.25 average. The Waves are ranked No. 3 for team goals with 18 and No. 5 for team defense with 105 goals scored against them.

COACH KOCUR — Coach Jack Kocur is in his third year as head coach. Kocur took over the position from Terry Schroeder when he took a leave of absence to serve as the assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 2006. Kocur was a member of the Waves 1997 national championship team, earning first All-American honors as a senior. Kocur spent four seasons as an assistant under Schroeder.

COACH O’BRIEN — Coach Gary O’Brien begins his first season as assistant coach. O’Brien played for UCLA and then went on to play semi-professionally in Australia. He has eight years of coaching experience at the high school, community college, university and club level.

PEPPERDINE HISTORY — In its 33 seasons, the Pepperdine water polo program has posted an overall record of 622-375-8, including a 151-104 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record. The Waves have posted 14 20+ win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships 12 times, claiming the program’s lone national title in 1997.

SENSATIONAL SENIORS — Pepperdine’s five seniors are expected to be the core of the 2008 team. Four of the five redshirted their junior season in order to be a part of this season’s team: attacker and 2007 All-American Adam Hewko (Irvine, Calif./Servite, HS), centerback Matt Digges (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS), centerback and two-time All-American Grant Miller (La Verne, Calif./La Verne HS) and utility Matt MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep.) . Jack Curley (Sonoma, Calif./Santa Rosa CC) is expected to be a top contender for the starting goalkeeper position.

AMAZING COMEBACK — Adam Hewko returns after taking spring semester off to train with the USA National Team. Hewko underwent shoulder surgery in January and suffered a life-threatening complication which kept him out of training for several months. The Waves top scorer (59 goals for the 2007 season) made it to the final cuts for the USA Olympic Water Polo Team despite his late start. Hewko is fully recovered and should be a major scoring force for the Waves this season. Hewko was ranked No. 30 nationally last season for goals scored.

OUTSTANDING JUNIORS — Attacker J.P. MacDonell (Redwood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep.) was the second highest scorer for the Waves last season with 58 goals and finished the season ranked No. 35 nationally for goals. Macdonell is a two-time All-MPSF honorable mention selection. Center Clayton Snyder (Seal Beach, Calif./ Los Alamitos, HS) returns as one of the top ranked scorers in the MPSF finishing the season with 42 goals.

UP AND COMING SOPHOMORES — Attackers Andrew Milcovich (Walnut Creek, Calif./Bellarmine HS) and Taylor Watson (Alamo, Calif./Monte Vista HS) are expected to be major contributors to the Waves offense this season.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYER — Freshman John Hahn (Sydney, Australia/Macquorie University) joins the Waves as another top contender for the starting goalkeeper position. Hahn has extensive experience with the Australian National Team.



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