A Two-For-One Win Over Rival
Men's water polo overcomes rare final 1:30 of game to defeat rival Pepperdine, 10-9, in Wells Fargo PCH Cup Battle.
Sept. 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- In a game fitting of a rivalry, the first Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle of the season featuring LMU and Pepperdine in men's water polo, had a little of everything, including a pair of endings that produced the same results - an LMU win.
The young Lions picked up a huge win, playing the final 1:30 of the game twice to earn a 10-9 win over the eighth-ranked Waves in front of a packed Burns Aquatics Center Crowd on Saturday afternoon.
Senior goalie Gavyn Wild, who redshirted last season and is working towards his masters degree, had the best game of his career, earning 10 saves, including two on penalty shots.
With 1:34 to play and the Lions holding onto a 10-7 lead, LMU was called for a five-meter penalty and a misconducted. What should have been two penalty shots for the Waves was called as just one. The game was played to a 10-8 result.
After the game concluded, the referees noticed the error and under the rules, went back to the point of the game the mistake was made, reverting back to 1:34 to play and score 10-7.
Pepperdine was then awarded both penalty shots, with White capitalizing on both to cut the lead to 10-9. The Lions then held on defensively, fighting off a pair of Wave opportunities to officially earn the win.
While the game went down to the wire at the end, the Lions took control early. Mitrovic's penalty shot gave LMU a 3-1 lead after the first period and then two more goals from Mitrovic to start the second gave LMU a 5-1 lead.
The Waves would score in the final second to make it 6-3 at the break. The teams would then trade out goals throughout the third quarter with another penalty goal in the final seconds by Pepperdine cutting the score to 8-6 going into the final quarter.
LMU scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter - the first by Emanuel Di Stasio and the second from Jake Villarreal - to build a 10-6 lead. Pepperdine made it 10-7 with 4:14 to play to set-up the final sequence.
The Lions will head to the NorCal Invitational on Sept. 21-22 in Berkeley, Calif.
#11 LMU 10, #8 Pepperdine 9
PEP - Danny White 4, Marko Madaras 2, Mike Tragitt, Nick Cooper, Lue Hewko
Saves: LMU - Gavyn Wild 10. PEP - Bence Valics 9.
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