Physical WWPA Battle Goes Against Lions
Men's water polo falls to WWPA rival UC Davis 7-5 in a game that had 23 ejections.
Oct. 20, 2007
Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 20) - In a game that featured 23 ejections, the 6-on-5 goal became an important factor and 7th-ranked Loyola Marymount could not match 10th-ranked UC Davis, who turned a tight game to their favor with a pair of five-meter opportunities to defeat the Lions for the third time on the season, 7-5, Saturday afternoon at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center.
UC Davis finished the game 5-for-12 on the extra-man while the Lions went 4-for-11. On the game, the first nine goals were scored thanks to ejections, including a five-meter penalty shot to give UC Davis their first lead of the game at 5-4. They would never trail the rest of the way.
The two Western Water Polo Association foes have faced each other three times this season, with UC Davis taking all three by a combined five goals. LMU falls to 7-13 on the season and 3-3 in the WWPA while UC Davis improves to 16-5 overall and 13-0 in the WWPA.
With the game tied at 4-4, UC Davis drew a five-meter penalty and capitalized on the goal by Joseph Smith with just 33 seconds left in the third period. Then on the second possession of the fourth quarter, the Aggies drew another penalty on the Lions. LMU goalie Andy Stevens stopped the penalty shot attempt by Grant Muenter. However, the bounces went to UCD as the deflection went right back to Muenter who put the ball in for a big two-goal lead, 6-4, at the 7:06 mark.
The Lions got the goal back on the first true even strength goal of the game when Tim Hummel scored to make it 6-5 with 6:14 to play. The Aggies put the game away on a goal from Matt MacLachlan at 3:41.
Stevens finished the game with 14 saves while Julien Lormant led the Lions with a pair of goals. Adam Bennett led UC Davis with three goals on the game, the first three goals of the game for the Aggies.
The Lions took a 2-0 lead to start the game but UC Davis answered with two straight of their own as the game was knotted at 2-2 after the first frame. Both teams scored a goal each in the second for a 3-3 score at the break. LMU never trailed until the penalty goal to close the third by UCD.