Split Sets Up Another Rivalry Match-up
Men's water polo to face UC San Diego for third time in a month after falling to Pepperdine, beating Santa Clara.
Sept. 29, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The 10th-ranked LMU men's water polo team split a pair of games in the first day of the SoCal Tournament at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, setting up yet another showdown with rival and 11th-ranked UC San Diego at noon on Sunday.
The Lions opened the tournament with a 12-7 setback to seventh-ranked Pepperdine and then bounced back with a 16-9 win over 17th-ranked Santa Clara in Game 13. With the split, the Lions go to 5-6 on the season and 4-1 in the WWPA.
The 11th-ranked Tritons had a similar path, falling to host UC Santa Barbara and then defeating Princeton to set-up the two WWPA rivals second meeting since Wednesday and third in the opening month of the season. LMU won the first meeting at the NorCal Invitational but fell at UCSD's home opener on Wednesday. The rubber match will be at 12 noon at UCSB Campus Pool.
In the opener, Joe Ferretti led the Lions with three goals as they fell down early in the second meeting of the season with the Waves, and couldn't recover. Pepperdine built a 4-1 lead after one and led 7-3 at the break.
The story was complete opposite against Santa Clara as the Lions jumped out to a 6-1 lead after one and had a 10-4 lead at the break. Eight different Lions scored including a five-goal game from John Mikuzis.