Early Leads the Key in Day One
Men's water polo splits pair of games in first day of SoCal Tournament with early leads setting the tone in both contests.
Oct. 1, 2011
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Early leads set the tone for LMU men's water polo in day one of competition of the 2011 SoCal Invitational hosted by Long Beach State at Los Alamitos, Calif. The Lions fell to No. 6 Pacific, 9-6, in the first game, and then recovered with a 11-10 win over No. 15 Santa Clara in game two.
The Lions (7-4) fell into a 4-0 hole early to the sixth-ranked Tigers and then turned the tables and did the same to Santa Clara on their way to the split. Peter Olson has best game as a Lion with three goals against Pacific while five different Lions had a pair of goals in the win over the Broncos.
Pacific scored twice in the first quarter and then took a 4-0 lead with 4:18 to play in the half. However, the Lions clawed back, cutting the lead to 4-2 at the break on a pair of five-meter goals from Edgaras Asajavicius.
The Lions then cut the lead to one just 30 seconds into the quarter on a Charlie Horton goal. Pacific would answer on the next possession to make it 5-3. Then nearly six minutes later, Olson would score his first to cut the lead to 5-4. Pacific would then score with just one second left in the third quarter to push the lead back to a pair.
That goal would start a string of four unanswered. Oslon would then score a pair late in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
In the second game of the day, the 6-on-5 played a huge role as the Lions went 7-for-10 while Santa Clara went 4-for-9.
LMU scored four unanswered from four different players - Jon Colton, Horton, Joe Ferretti and Asajavicius - to jump out to a big lead early. Santa Clara would then outscore the Lions 4-2 in the second quarter to cut the lead to 6-4 at the break.
The Broncos then came out and scored the a pair of 6-on-5 goals in the third quarter to tie it at 6-6 with 2:30 remaining. They would then take the lead, 7-6, with 1:38 remaining.
LMU would close the third quarter strong, scoring on their final two possessions in the closing seconds, the first by Albert Samuels and the second by Colton, to make it 8-7 in favor of the Lions.
The Lions would make it four unanswered, all on the 6-on-5 attack, as Max Schlegel and Horton would score back-to-back goals to take a commanding 10-7 lead. Santa Clara would cut it to 10-9 before Ferretti scored another key late fourth quarter goal for a two-goal lead. Santa Clara cut it to 11-10 with 1:38 to play but could not get the equalizer.
The Lions will face rival and 12th-ranked UC San Diego for the third time on the season when they take on each other in the winners bracket of the ninth place semifinals at 12 noon Sunday, at Long Beach State Campus Pool.
The other half of the bracket will feature #13 Princeton taking on #9 UC Davis, who play at 10:40 a.m. The winners will play for ninth place at 5:20 p.m. The 11th place game is at 4 p.m.
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