Lions Can’t Get Road Equalizer
It was another thriller in the LMU-UC San Diego rivalry to start WWPA play.
LOS ANGELES - It was another thriller in the rivalry between LMU and 14th-ranked UC San Diego in the Western Water Polo Association opener in La Jolla, Calif., on Wednesday night. It once again came down to the final shot, as Eric Reitmeir’s shot at the buzzer couldn’t connect at the Tritons pulled out the 11-10 win.
The Lions (2-7, 0-1) erased a pair of multi-goal deficits in the second half only to see the Tritons (5-4, 1-0) answer each time. Dayne Jagga led the Lions with five goals while Alex Athimaritis and Daniel Arellano had four goals each.
Skyler Munatones scored one of his three goals to give the Tritons a 6-3 lead to start the third quarter. However, Dayne Jagga scored on back-to-back possessions and Jon Beck scored with 3:05 left in the quarter on a 6-on-5 to make it 6-6.
UCSD answered with back-to-back goals to put the lead back to a pair, 8-6, at the 1:46 mark of the third frame.
The teams traded goals and the Lions trailed 10-8 with 5:14 to play in the game. In less than a minute, Jagga scored back-to-back goals to pull the Lions even once again, the second coming with 3:59 to play.
Then with 2:21 to play, the Lions were called for an exclusion and were without their goalie. Munatones scored the winner with 2:03 to play on the exclusion goal.
The Lions had two more possession, including one last chance with 25 seconds to play.
LMU returns home to face Fresno Pacific on Saturday at 12 noon.
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