No. 8 Waves Travel to No. 2 USC for MPSF Competition

Mike Tragitt

Nov. 2, 2011

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MALIBU, Calif. -- The No. 9 Waves travel to Los Angeles to face No. 2 USC on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. The Waves are looking to bounce back after they dropped two heartbreaking overtime MPSF losses last weekend at home and are 12-9 overall and 2-4 in MPSF play. The Waves are led by redshirt senior Andrew Milcovich with 38 goals and junior Matthew DeTrane with 36 goals.

GAME 22 -- No. 9 Pepperdine at No. 2 USC, Los Angeles, Calif., McDonald's Swim Stadium

LAST WEEK -- The Waves fell in two overtime games in Malibu last weekend. On Saturday then-No. 9 Long Beach State outscored the Waves 4-2 in overtime to earn a 14-12 victory. On Sunday, then-No. 5 UC Santa Barbara came to Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in a high-scoring affair, as they defeated the Waves 16-15 in overtime. Over the weekend the Waves were led by sophomore Mike Tragitt and freshman Luke Hewko as they had five goals apiece over both games. Sophomore goalkeeper Bence Valics had 23 saves on the weekend to lead the squad.

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 two MPSF losses last weekend, the Waves fell to No. 9 in the national rankings.

IN THE STATS -- Through 21 games this season, 16 different players have found the back of the net for the Waves with 10 scoring in double-figures. Redshirt senior Andrew Milcovich leads the way with 38 goals, followed by junior Matthew DeTrane with 36. Senior Nathan Castillo is next with 27 goals and junior Stephen Loomis has 25. Milcovich leads the team with 24 assists DeTrane also leads the way with 16 steals. In the league standings, Milcovich is tied for ninth with 1.81 goals per game. DeTrane's 1.71 goals per game ranks him 13th in the MPSF.

BETWEEN THE PIPES -- A 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention selection, sophomore goalkeeper Bence Valics has made 186 saves in 18.25 games played this season. Matthew Carter earned two starts over the weekend at the Santa Clara Rodeo Tournament, making 10 saves against Bucknell and seven saves against Harvard.

USC-- The No. 2 Trojans are 15-2 overall and 5-0 in MPSF play. They have won their last six games, including an Oct. 29 game against then-No. 3 Stanford 8-4. The Trojans also knocked off then-No. 2 California in Berkeley 9-8 in sudden death. Senior goalkeeper Joel Dennerley was named KAP7 MPSF Player of the Week on Oct. 31, the second time he has won the honor this season. Dennerley anchors the Trojan defense that leads the MPSF with only 80 goals against this season and 4.71 per game. Offensively the Trojans are led by Peter Kurzeka who has 28 goals in 16 games played.

ON THE RECORD -- The Trojans lead the all-time matchups 58-21-2. The Waves have defeated the Trojans at McDonald's Swim Stadium five times all-time. Overall they are 5-18 all-time on the USC campus. The last time the Waves defeated the Trojans was in 2005 at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in a 5-4 game. Last season at USC the Waves dropped a close 7-6 loss.



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