Water Polo Drops Two at UCI Invite
Men's water polo gets falls in a pair of games in day one of UC Irvine Invitational.
Oct. 12, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - The 10th-ranked LMU men's water polo team fell to a pair of ranked opponents in the opening day of the UC Irvine Invitational (also called the SoCal Tournament). The Lions fell to No. 7 Long Beach State 10-7 and then dropped a 12-7 decision to No. 16 St. Francis.
The Lions (9-8) were playing without Head Coach John Loughran, who was back home on the east coast due to the death of a family member.
In the opening game, the Lions fell down 4-0 with 5:32 to play in the second quarter but then rattled of five straight goals, including a pair from Milutin Mitrovic to take a 5-4 lead. The game would go back-and-forth with the Lions taking a 7-6 lead on a Corey McGee goal with 6:08 to play in the game.
However, the 49ers ended the game the way they started it with four straight goals, including the final margin with no time on the clock.
With the tough loss in the first game of the day, the young Lions struggled to recover and fell down early again to St. Francis and never recovered. Seth Coldren had two goals for the Lions.
LMU will face the loser of the Santa Clara-Concordia match-up at Corona del Mar High School. Game time is 12:15 pm.