Sept. 15, 2002
Los Angeles, CA -- Thanks to a hat-trick by junior Ryan Chapatte, the Loyola Marymount University men's water polo team, ranked No. 7 in the nation, earned a 6-5 win over No. 10 UC Santa Barbara at the Southern Cal Tournament Sunday afternoon.
The win puts the Lions into the ninth-place game against No. 12 Navy, who upset UC San Diego 7-5, at 7:40 p.m.
Chapatte, the Lions leading scorer heading into the tournament but shutout the first day, broke through with a three-goal outing to help the Lions (3-4) to break a four-game skid, all coming against teams in the top-10.
Senior Kevin Witt added his third and fourth goals of the season with a pair against Gauchos, who fall to 1-4 on the season. All-American goalie Kevin Paulsen did his part in the win, stopping 10 UCSB shots, including a scoreless fourth period to make the one-goal lead stand.
UC Santa Barbara (1-4) 1-2-2-0---5
Loyola Marymount (3-4) 2-3-1-0---6
UCSB Goals: Anthony Borasi 2, Andrew Schoneberger, Doug Arthur, David Letts
LMU Goals: Ryan Chapatte 3, Kevin Witt 2, Endre Rex-Kiss
UCSB Saves: Sherwin Kim 8
LMU Saves: Kevin Paulsen 10
UC San Diego (4-5) 2-0-2-1---5
Navy (4-3) 1-2-1-3---7
UCSD Goals: Jesse Casellini, Paul Motschall, Clark Petersen, Bryon Spicer, Jonathan Hopkins
Navy Goals: Joe Donahue 3, Paul Kepner, Paul Zohorsky, Tim Fox, Joe Snelgrove
UCSD Saves: Bryan Corbett 8
Navy Saves: Nick Hill 10