Defense Leads Win Over UC Davis

Mark Menis had a pair Saturday.

Oct. 29, 2011

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LOS ANGELES, Calif -- The 10th-ranked LMU men's water polo team earned another important conference win on Saturday, defeating 12th-ranked UC Davis 8-5 in Western Water Polo Association action at the Burns Aquatics Center.

The Lions used defense to improve to 13-6 on the season and 9-1 in WWPA action. Goalies Kyle Testman and Gavin Wild combined to make eight saves and the Lions field players limited UC Davis (20-9, 11-4) to just 20 shots in posting a shutout second quarter that was the difference.

UC Davis opened the game with the first goal, but the Lions would get scores from Joe Ferretti, John Mikuzis, and Albert Samuels to take a 3-1 lead. The Aggies' Colin Hicks would score with just 19 second left to make it 3-2 going into the second frame.

The Lions would then score the only three goals of the quarter, holding the Aggies scoreless. Mark Menis scored a pair and Edgaras Asajavicius added another to give the Lions a 6-2 lead at the break.

The Aggies cut the lead in half with a goal to start the second half, but the Lions would score the next two - another by Asajavicius and a 6-on-5 by Colton - to push the lead to 8-3.

Wild would then keep the Aggies off the board the entire fourth quarter until they would score on a 6-on-5 with just five seconds left in the game.

The 6-on-5 was big for the Lions as they went 5-of-9 while holding the Aggies to just 1-for-8.

LMU continues its six-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 4 against Fresno Pacific at 3 p.m.





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