Comeback Bid Falters in Final Day
Men's water polo falls to a pair of top-six teams in final day of UCSD Invite.
Sep 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Playing its second and third straight team ranked in the nation's top-six, the Lions posted a fierce final game rally but fell int he final seconds to drop the final two games of the 2013 UCSD Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., on Sunday.
The Lions fell to No. 4 Cal (17-7) and then saw No. 6 Long Beach State go up by as many as four goals, including a three-goal lead in the fourth quarter. The Lions would fight to within a goal twice but ran out of time against the 49ers, falling 9-8.
"We are obviously not at all happy with the results of this weekend," said Head Coach John Loughran. "With that said, with such a young team, I thought we never gave up and showed some growth throughout the weekend. I was happy with the fact we never stopped competing after playing four grueling games in 48 hours."
Milutin Mitrovic scored a trio of goals, including his score with 5:45 to play to cut what was an 8-5 deficit to just one, 8-7. Long Beach State scored a key goal with 3:29 to play because Mitrovic scored again with 15 seconds to play to make the final margin.
The Lions return to the Burns Aquatics Center for their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 14 when they take on rival Pepperdine in the first Wells Fargo PCH Cup match-up of the season. Game time is set for 12 noon and the first 100 in attendance with get an LMU color-changing water polo, sponsored by ASLMU.
#6 Long Beach St. 9, #13 LMU 8
UCSD Triton Invitational - La Jolla, CA
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