#5 Waves Play #9 UC Santa Barbara on Senior Day

UPCOMING - The No. 5 Waves (11-10, 3-4) conclude the 2009 regular season this Saturday with a MPSF game against No. 9 UC Santa Barbara. This Saturday marks the last home game of the season and senior day.

Game #22: PEPPERDINE vs. UC SANTA BARBARA (Saturday, Nov. 2, @ 12 p.m. at The Raleigh-Runnels Memorial Pool, Malibu, Calif. Community Flyer Match: Pick up a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" Flyer at one of the following Malibu restaurants: Lily's Cafe, Malibu Yogurt, Subway and KFC.

SENIOR DAY: Come out and honor Taylor Watson, Brett Auer, Clayton Snyder, Preston Lujan, JP MacDonell, Christian CardeySam Busby, and Jacob Young, as they play their last home game at Pepperdine.

The Gauchos (12-13, 1-6) suffered two losses against UCLA and UC Irvine last weekend. Zsombor Vincze scored four goals for UCSB against the Bruins.

The Waves are 0-2 against the Gauchos this season.

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RECAP UC IRVINE -  Christian Cardey's goal in the fifth overtime period propelled the No. 5 Pepperdine men's water polo team to a 15-14 victory over No. 10 UC Irvine on Sunday at the Anteater Pool.

The Waves (11-10, 3-4) jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period. The Anteaters (15-10, 3-4) cut the lead by one at the end of the period with a score of 4-3.

Clayton Snyder (Seal Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) scored a goal in the second period to give the Waves a two goal lead at 5-3. UCI answered back with back-to-back goals to tie the game at 5-5 with 4:40 left in the period. Griffin Lerman and Greg Enloe added two more goals for the Anteaters with 2:18 on the clock. The Anteaters were up 7-5. Each team added a goal before the buzzer sounded and the UCI led at 8-6 at the half.

Pepperdine fought back in the third period with and were within one goal of the Anteaters when the period ended at 10-9.

JP MacDonell's (Redwood, Calif./Bellarmine Prep.) penalty shot with 6:48 remaining in the game tied the score once again at 10-10. 

With 52 seconds left in the game Danny White (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa HS) scored a goal to give the Waves a 13-12 lead. With one second on the clock Kyle Baxter made a shot in the cage to force the game into overtime at 13-13.

The Anteaters scored in the first overtime to take a 14-13 lead, but Pepperdine scored in the second overtime to tie the game. Neither team scored in the third and fourth overtimes. Cardey's goal in the fifth overtime gave the Waves the win at 15-14.

JP MACDONELL NAMED MPSF CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Senior JP MacDonell was named Co-Player of the week by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Monday afternoon.

MacDonell (Rewood City, Calif./Bellarmine Prep) scored a game and season-high five goals sin a key MPSF win at No. 7 UC Irvine Sunday (15-14, 5 OT). MacDonell also earned this award after an identical five-goal showing against the Anteaters a year ago (Nov. 9 '08).

PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS - The Waves remained at No. 5 in the national rankings this week, according to the latest NCAA Div. I polls.

MPSF STATS: JP MacDonell is ranked No. 3 for goals scored with a 2.44 average per game. Thomas O'Connell moved up to No. 7 for goalie saves with a 6.62 average per game and No. 9 for goals against with a 7.65 average per game. The Waves are ranked No. 8 for team goals at 7.61 per game and No. 8 for team defense with 8.85 per game.

COACH KOCUR  - Coach Jack Kocur is in his fourth 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 second 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.

COACH MATTHIES -  Coach Marty Matthies joins the Waves staff as the volunteer coach this season. Matthies was a member of the California 2006 NCAA championship team. He played for the USA Water Polo National Senior Team in 2005. Matthies is the son of Pepperdine's Head Women's Volleyball Coach Nina Matthies.

PEPPERDINE HISTORY  - In its 34 seasons, the Pepperdine water polo program has posted an overall record of 648-382-8, including a 163-108 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record. The Waves have posted 15 20+ winning seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships 12 times, claiming the program's lone national title in 1997.

SUPER SENIOR CLASS - The senior class is comprised of two returning starters and four returning players who were an integral part of the 2008 team. JP MacDonell and Clayton Snyder lead the team as the 2009 co-captain. MacDonell was selected as a 2008 All-American third team and All MPSF first team. He was a member of the 2009 USA Water Polo University Team. Snyder enters his second season as a co-captain. He was named to the 2008 All-MPSF third team and the All-MPSF academic team.

Taylor Watson had a strong 2008 season and will return as a starter. Brett Auer came back at the end of the season after recovering from an injury. He led the Waves with three goals in an upset victory against Stanford at the 2008 MPSF semi-finals. Christian Cardey, Preston Lujan, Sam Busby and Jacob Young round out the senior class. The group has been together all four years with the exception of Young who transferred as a junior in 2008. All four saw significant playing time in the 2008 season and are expected to be key on defense and counter attacks.

REDSHIRTS RETURN - Four redshirts are anxious to get back in the pool this season. Travis Gough, Matt Brown, Jonathan Flowers and Milos Purkovic should all see some action this year. Gough was one of the top freshman scorers in 2007. He scored five goals in a game twice (Whittier and Cal Lutheran). Brown, Flowers and Purkovic will make their debut as Waves this season.

 JUNIORS - Andrew Milcovich and Bryce Mclain will represent the junior class this year. Milcovich is a returning

starter and a 2008 MPSF All-Academic team selection. McLain is expected to be the starting goal keeper for the Waves.

AMAZING FRESHMAN CLASS - Fourteen freshmen make the 2009 class one of the largest in Pepperdine history.

Among the group are two USA Water Polo Junior National Team members: Spencer Hamby and James Perry. Fellow Wave Mathew Carter played for South Africa's Junior National Team.

Twelve remaining freshmen fill every position on the roster and look to provide the Waves with depth this season.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men's sports - one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine's teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.




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