Waves Edged Out by USC at the Buzzer, 3-2
The Pepperdine men's wate polo team finished second at the MPSF Championships after losing a heartbreaker to USC on the final buzzer.
An intensely fought match by both teams saw the score at 0-0 in the first period. With 2:25 on the clock in the second quarter Adam Hewko (
Andrew Milcovich (
Strong defensive play by both goalkeepers kept the scoring low. The fourth period went without a goal until there was 1:23 remaining in the match and Justin Rappel scored for USC to tie the score 2-2. The match seemed destined for overtime when Hewko was ejected with 5 seconds on the clock and the Trojans scored on a man-up opportunity as the buzzer sounded.
USC clinched a berth for the NCAA final four for winning the tournament. An at-large team is to be selected tonight by an NCAA appointed committee. Both Stanford and Pepperdine are expected to vie for the spot.
USC vs. Pepperdine 3-2
1 2 3 4
USC 0 1 0 2
Pepperdine 0 1 1 0
USC Goals: (Peter Kurzeka 1, Justin Rappel 1, Shea Buckner 1,)
Pepperdine Goals: (Adam Hewko 1, Andrew Milcovich 1,)
Goalie Saves: John Hahn (Pepperdine) 12, Joel Dennerly 13.
6-on-5: (Pepperdine 1-for-6) (USC 1-for-4)
Stanford vs. USC 10-7
Stanford finished the MPSF Tournament in third place after defeating UCLA, 10-7. The Cardinal took an early lead at 3-0 in the first period, finishing the half up by two goals at 5-2. UCLA came back in the third to score three goals in a row to close the gap by one at 6-5 with 3:02 left in the period. Two goals by Stanford's Sage Wright and one by Janson Wigo in the fourth gave the Cardinal the win. Goalkeeper Jimmie Sandman had 12 saves for Sanford and Janson Wigo, Drac Wigo and Sage Wright all scored hat tricks for the Cardinal. Krusto Sbutega recorded a hat trick for UCLA.
1 2 3 4
UCLA 0 2 3 2 7
Stanford 3 2 2 3 10
UCLA Goals: (Jacob Murphy 2, Clay Jorth 1, Krsto Sbutega 3, Scott Davidson 1,)
Stanford Goals: (Drac Wigo 3, Janson Wigo 3, Alex Pulido 1, Sage Wright 3,)
Goalie Saves: Chay Lapin (UCLA) 6, Jimmie Sandman (Stanford) 12
6-on-5: (UCLA 2-for-9) (Stanford 3-for-8)
UCSB vs. UCI 9-7 OT
UC Santa Barbara finished fifth in the MPSF after defeating UC Irvine 9-7, in overtime. The Anteaters had a two goal lead at the half with a score of 5-3. The Gauchos scored four goals in the second half to tie the game and went on to score one goal in each overtime period. Goal keeper Fraser Bunn had 11 saves for UCSB. UCI went 3-for-5 on 6-on-5 opportunities.
1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2
UCI 2 3 1 1 0 0
UCSB 3 0 2 2 1 1
UCI Goals: (Brandon Johnson 2, Max Parrague 1,
UCSB Goals: (Noah Smith 2, Brian Bishop 1,
Goalie Saves: Fraser Bunn (UCSB) 11, Matt Johnson (UCI) 9
6-on-5: (UCI 3-of-5) (UCSB 3-of-9)
1 2 3 4
LB 3 1 4 1 9
Cal Goals: (Frank Reynlods 2, Ivan Rackov 2, Spencer Warden 2, Cory Nasoff 1,Trent Calder 1, Charles Steffens 1, Brian Dudley 2, Zach White 2,)
Long Beach Goals: (Justin Koeppin 2, Jeff Greenwood 2, Ashley Blythen 2, Taylor Clute 1, Aleksander Petrovic 1, Jake Kinne 1,)
Goalie Saves: Wil Toppen (