Sept. 10, 2011
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Playing in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 890 at the Burns Aquatics Center, LMU men's water polo couldn't keep up with the extra-man attack of Pepperdine. The Waves converted on 70 percent of their 6-on-5 chances to earn an 11-7 win on Saturday afternoon.
Pepperdine (3-0) finished the game 7-for-10 on the 6-on-5 attack while the Lions (4-1) went just 4-for-16. It was the first of at least 14 games in the LMU-Pepperdine Wells Fargo PCH Cup, a competition pitting the two rivals throughout the season among all common sports. The Waves earned 1.5 points with the victory.
"It told them at the break that this game was going to come down to 6-on-5 play," said Head Coach John Loughran. "It killed us. It was the story of the game. You can't go 4-for-16 with an extra-man."
Pepperdine used the 6-on-5 to strike first for a quick two-goal lead, and they used it the rest of the day to keep it. Colin Carroll scored just over a minute into the game on the first ejection of the game and it set the tone.
The Waves took a 2-0 lead before the Lions tied it with the first two goals of the second quarter. The first was from freshman Joe Ferritti and the second came on a 6-on-5 goal from Max Schlegel.
Pepperdine would close the half with three straight goals, two coming on the extra-man advantage to take a 5-2 lead.
The Lions would cut the lead to a pair on a goal from Mark Menis 1:15 into the second half. The 6-on-5 would strike again, as Pepperdine's Nathan Castillo scored to make it 6-3 with 5:07 to play.
The trend would continue as Schlegel scored at 4:39 to make it 6-4, just to see the Waves tally another 6-on-5 a minute later to make it 7-4. Danny White would then stretch the lead to 8-4 to close the third quarter. The teams would then score three goals each in the final from for the final margin.
LMU will return to the Burns Aquatics Center to take on Navy on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. This was the first Centennial Game of the 2011-12 season, which is the 100th Anniversary of LMU. Follow the Centennial all season at LMULions.com/LMUat100.
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