Men’s Water Polo Comeback Effort Falls Short

Sept. 24, 2017

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LOS ANGELES – The 2017 Mountain Pacific Invitational came to an end on Sunday with four final games at Burns Aquatic Center. #20 Loyola Marymount was unable to complete the comeback its first win of the tournament, falling to #19 Pomona-Pitzer, 9-8. 

LMU played from behind all game, taking a 4-0 deficit late into the second quarter. Gunnar White drew an ejection and Alessio Brunochelli promptly played the ball into White to put LMU on the board with his goal 31 seconds before halftime.

The Lions came out of halftime scoring the first two goals of the third period. Matt Braun assisted Jacob Markle to cut the deficit to 4-2, then Makle returned the favor and assisted Braun’s goal with 4:40 to play in the quarter. The Sagehens answered with two more to make it a 6-3 game heading into the final eight minutes.



Zach Gleason finished a penalty shot to open the fourth quarter, then Pomona-Pitzer answered with a goal of their own. The sequence repeated itself as Gleason scored his second and again the Hens responded less than thirty seconds later.

After Pomona-Pitzer went ahead 9-5, Joseph Shaw scored with 2:21 to make it a three-goal game with 2:21 to play. Edward Moss and Alessio Brunochelli added late goals to make it a 9-8 final. 

LMU has a home and away split this upcoming week, playing at UC San Diego on Wednesday and hosting Whittier on Saturday. The game against the Poets will be played at 4 p.m. at Burns Aquatics Center.

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