No. 6 Water Polo Set for Northern California Road Trip

Goalkeeper Bence Valics

Oct. 19, 2011

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MALIBU, Calif.-- The No. 6 Waves are set for a Northern California swing, where they will face No. 4 California, a perennial title contender in Berkeley on Friday, Oct. 21. The Waves will then travel across the Bay to Santa Clara, where they will face Harvard and No. 17 Bucknell in the Santa Clara-hosted Rodeo Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 23.

GAME 17-- Friday, October 21, No. 8 Pepperdine at No. 4 California, 6 p.m. PT

GAME 18-- Sunday, October 23, No. 8 Pepperdine vs. Harvard, Rodeo Tournament, Santa Clara, Calif., 8 a.m. PT

GAME 19-- Sunday, October 23, No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 17 Bucknell, Rodeo Tournament, Santa Clara, Calif., 1:20 p.m. PT

LAST WEEK -- Last weekend the Waves won two MPSF matches by the score of 11-10. On Friday at UC Irvine the Waves earned their first MPSF victory of the year with the 11-10 win. The Waves were led by junior center Spencer Hambywho netted a hat trick in the win. The squad then opened the home slate on Sunday as they hosted Pacific. Despite splitting the first two matchups of the year, the Waves were able to come out with an overtime victory of 11-10 to earn their second MPSF win. Junior Matt DeTrane led the way with four goals. Hamby netted the game-winner in overtime.

IN THE RANKINGS-- The Waves started the season ranked No. 10 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's national rankings and have steadily climbed the charts, making it to No. 5 at their highest, where the team sat for two straight weeks. After going 2-0 last weekend against MPSF foes the Waves sit at No. 6.

IN THE STATS -- Through 16 games this season, 16 different players have found the back of the net for the Waves with six scoring in double-figures. Redshirt senior Andrew Milcovich and junior Matthew DeTrane lead the way with 28 goals apiece so far this season. Senior Nathan Castillo is next with 25 goals and junior Stephen Loomis has 20. Milcovich leads the team with 15 assists. Junior Danny White and junior Colin Carrollboth lead in the steals category with 12 each.

BETWEEN THE PIPES -- A 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention selection, sophomore goalkeeper Bence Valics has made 152 saves in 14.75 games played this season. Valics ranks fourth in the MPSF with 9.97 saves per game. Matthew Carterearned the start against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, where he made six saves in the victory and played half of Saturday's match at Santa Clara, making two saves.

CALIFORNIA-- The No. 4 Golden Bears are coming off a 9-8 sudden death overtime loss at home against then-No. 4 USC. Aleksa Saponjic led the Golden Bears with two goals in the loss. Ivan Rackov leads the team overall with 50 goals. The squad boasts a 14-3 record overall and is 2-1 in MPSF games. The Waves and Bears met in the second game of the NorCal Tournament on Sept. 17 and the Bears narrowly defeated the Waves, 8-7. The Bears lead the all-time series record between the two squads 48-14-1. At the Spieker Aquatics Center the Waves are 4-15 against the Bears. The last victory for the Waves in Berkeley was an 8-6 victory in 2005.

HARVARD-- The Crimson come to Santa Clara's Rodeo Tournament with a 6-10 record overall and a two-game win streak. In the cage goalkeeper Alexandre Popp has 105 saves on the year and offensively the Crimson is led by Max Eliot with 27 goals scored. The last time the Waves and Crimson faced off was on Oct. 3, 2008 at Raleigh Runnels Pool, where the Waves won 11-2.

BUCKNELL -- The Bison have a 10-4 record overall and are 5-3 in conference play. The squad is led by Jack Else with 30 goals scored to date and goalkeeper Matt Napleton who has made an impressive 236 saves. The Waves and Bison matched up at the 2007 SoCal Tournament and the Waves won the matchup 10-8.



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