The No. 15-ranked LMU men's water polo team closed out regular season action with a 12-10 setback to No. 8 Long Beach State Thursday afternoon at the Burns Aquatics Center.
Men's water polo earns a sweep in final day of NorCal Invitational, defeating No. 7 UC Irvine in the finale.
Since 2005, LMU and Pepperdine have kicked off the annual rivalry in men's water polo. It happens again Saturday.
All-time leading scorer Alex Cowling claimed Female Athlete of the Year while Colin Welmon and Anthony Ireland shared the Male Athlete of the Year honor.
Ten men's water polo student-athletes among 2012 WWPA All-Academic selections.
Heading into the grueling stretch, the LMU Sports Network sat down with seniors Gavyn Wild and John Mikuzis to talk about many things, including the excitement around this year's very young team. They are the only two seniors on the squad, which features 20 underclassmen among its 25 players.
Experiencing the LMU-Pepperdine match-up for the fourth consecutive year are the only two seniors on the roster, John Mikuzis and goalie Gavin WIld. The senior-duo sat down with the LMU Sports Network to talk about the rivalry.
2012 WWPA All-Conference selections
LMU vs. UCLA on Sept. 28
LMU earns 10-9 win over Pepperdine in Wells Fargo PCH Cup match.
Student-Athlete reception prior to the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
LMU 9, Air Force 8 - Nov. 3, 2012
LMU at Pepperdine from Sept. 8, 2012
Briefly... John Mikuzis is in his fourth and final season of college water polo at LMU... enrolled at LMU in Spring of 2010.
Honors...2012... AWPCA Honorable Mention All-American... First-Team WWPA All-Conference... First-Team WWPA All-Tournament... WWPA All-Academic... ACWPC National All-Academic... 2011... WWPA All-Academic...
Highlights at LMU...2012... became a force for the Lions, earning All-American and First-Team All-WWPA honors... was second on the team in goals with 39, drawing 42 kick outs with nine steals and 11 field blocks... had 10 games with multiple goals, including a career-best five goals in the win over Santa Clara (9/29/12)... had three goals, including the game winner over UC Davis (10/26/12) on the road... 2011... scored 25 goals in playing all 25 games, finishing with a shooting percentage of 55.6 percent... added 11 steals and 24 kickouts drawn...scored in bunches on the season, scoring in 12 games with nine of those going for multiple goals... had three goal games against Redlands (9/3/11), UC San Diego (9/22/11), Princeton (10/2/11), and Long Beach St. (11/12/11)... 2010... played 16 games as a true freshman... scored eight goals in 13 shots, including two goals at the WWPA championships... he also scored a key goal in the Lions' overtime win at Long Beach State...had a pair of hat-tricks on the season, the first against La Verne (Sept. 5) and the other against Chapman (Sept. 16)...
Prior to LMU... graduated Neuqua Valley HS in 2009... was a second-team All-American as a senior and was a four-time All-Conference selection...
Personal... John Richard Mikuzis was born on Feb. 9, 1991 in Naperville, Ill... he is the son of Nina and John Mikuzis... he has a younger sister... he is a Political Science major.