Nov. 16, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- The script for the 11th-ranked LMU men's water polo team has been the same most of the season, using a big first half push and then holding on for the win. They followed that to a tee in the opening round of the 2012 Western Water Polo Association Championships defeating Pomona-Pitzer, 13-11, at Slade Aquatic Center on the campus of Whittier College Friday.
The second-seed Lions used a seven-goal first quarter to build enough cushion to defeat the seventh-seeded Sagehens. Freshman Milutin Mitrovic scored four goals for the Lions while Collin Walters added three. Junior John Mikuzis scored a goal, but set-up four others, including a pair of five-meter penalty shots.
LMU advances to the second semifinal on Saturday, facing Air Force at 2:15 p.m. The Falcons defeated Claremont 15-6 to advance. It will be the two team's second meeting in the month of November.
The game was tied at 2-2 and the Lions looked to run away with the game, scoring the last five goals of the first quarter for a 7-2 lead. However, the Sagens would score three of the next four goals to make it 8-5 at the break.
LMU would go up 12-8 on Seth Coldren's second goal just to see the Saghens cut it back to a pair, 12-10 on a goal from Clayton Hadman with 7:09 to play in the game. Senior Jon Colton put in the final dagger for the Lions with 1:49 to play.
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