A SoCal Split
Men's water polo splits a pair of games against WWPA foes in final day of UCI Invite.
Oct. 13, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The 10th-ranked LMU men's water polo team split a pair of games in the final day of the UC Irvine Men's Water Polo Invitational, also known as the traditionally tough SoCal Invite. Taking on a pair of Western Water Polo Association foes, the Lions defeated No. 14 Santa Clara 11-10 and then fell to No. 13 UC San Diego, 9-7.
The Lions (10-9) got big production from their youth on the day, including four goals from freshman Matt Cuozzo in the finale against UC San Diego and four from sophomore Emanual Di Stasio in the win over Santa Clara.
The Lions played without five of their most experienced players throughout the weekend due to injury, going without their top-three scorers on Sunday (Milutin Mitrovic, Vuk Cvetkovic and John Mikuzis).
LMU, who was without Head Coach John Loughran (who was back home on the east coast due to the death of a family member), got production from new sources. Redshirt sophomore Kyle Etrata, who had just five goals on the season, scored a pair of goals, including the game winner against Santa Clara with 1:52 to play to break a 10-10 tie.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Testman, who played just five games with no goals entering the day, had a pair of goals in the third quarter to give the Lions a 9-5 lead. The Broncos would score five of the next six goals to tie the game at 10-10 with 5:01 to play to set-up Etrata's winner.
Against the Tritons, the Lions jumped out to a 3-1 lead but trailed 5-4 at halftime after UCSD scored with 16 seconds to play in the second half. Five of UCSD's goals in the second and third quarters where on the 6-on-5 as they built an 8-5 lead late in the third.
The Lions will travel to No. 2 USC on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 pm.