Lions Fall to Rivals
Men's water polo drops 7-4 decision to UC San Diego at home.
Oct. 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- LMU men's water polo dropped a 7-4 decision to 11th-ranked UC San Diego on Saturday at the Burns Aquatics Center. It was the fourth meeting between the two Western Water Polo Association rivals with both teams now winning a pair each as the season heads into the final month.
The first 17 minutes of the game was a one-goal affair as UC San Diego would take a one-goal lead, only to have the Lions tie it. It started that way when Brian Donohoe scored the first goal of the game, only to have Collin Walters tie it 25 seconds. Lukas Syka gave UCSD a 2-1 lead with 4:31 to go in the first, with Milutin Mitrovic tying it with 47 seconds left.
UCSD scored the only goal in the second quarter to take a 3-2 at the half.
Mark Menis would score at the 6:12 mark of the third quarter to tie the game for the third time, this time at 3-3.
The Tritons would then score the next four goals, including a pair on back-to-back goals from Donohoe to take control. They made it 7-3 to start the fourth quarter and kept the Lions off the board for over 13 minutes. Seth Coldren would add the final goal with 49 seconds left.
LMU falls to 11-9 overall and 7-2 in the WWPA while UCSD improves to 9-6 and 8-2.
The Lions will head to the Bay Area to face UC Davis on Friday, Oct. 26 and then Santa Clara on Saturday, Oct. 27.