LOS ANGELES – The first of two games this week when to Loyola Marymount men’s water polo, as the Lions (4-10, 1-0 WWPA) knocked off Iona (3-11, 0-3) Thursday at Burns Aquatic Center.
After Iona opened the scoring, Dominick Beaudine then made the cross-pool pass to Matthew Knoedler to even the game at one apiece. The first quarter back-and-forth action as Joseph Shaw answered the next Iona goal with one of his own. The Lions took their first lead as Alessio Brunochelli scored a penalty shot with 1:27 to play in opening quarter. After two more Gael goals went in, LMU closed the period with a second from Brunochelli, making it a 4-4 game after one.
Tim Shaw came in as goalie to start the second period, and LMU responded with all three goals in the quarter. Matt Braun opened the quarter with the first two goals before Edward Moss got on the board to make it a three-advantage heading into the half.
Brunochelli fired in a hard shot to open the scoring after the break for his third of the game, and Braun followed on the next possession with another one. Both goals were assisted by Joseph Shaw to push LMU’s lead to 10-4 after six consecutive. The Gaels scored their first on Shaw at the 4:08 mark, after nearly a quarter and a half since he entered the cage. After three-plus minutes passed, Braun put in his fourth of the day for the only other goal of the period.
Iona scored first in the final quarter before LMU got one back as Moss buried the powerplay goal. The Gaels and the Lions traded off the next four as goals by Braun and Zach Gleason were sandwiched between an Iona pair. Austin Clark scored the next two to double up the score at 16-8. Iona added one late, but the game was decided, with LMU earning the 16-9 win.
Tim Shaw recorded eight saves in his three quarters of play.
LMU returns to Burns Aquatic Center for the second time this week as the Lions host UC San Diego for the WWPA conference home opener. The game will begin at 3 p.m. and will be free for all to attend. Live Stats and Live Streaming will be available.
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