Water Polo Claims WWPA Title
Lions earn back-to-back conference titles and automatic bid to NCAA tournament with 6-3 win.
Nov. 20, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. (Nov. 20) -- Brian McShane's two second-half goals and goalkeeper Ian Elliott's six fourth-quarter saves helped lift Loyola Marymount to a 6-3 victory over Redlands in the championship game of the 2004 Western Water Polo Assocation tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday.
The win gives the Lions their second consecutive conference championship and third in four years. In addition, the Lions earn the WWPA's automatic-qualifying berth in the National Collegiate Championships, held at Stanford University in December.
The Bulldogs took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Sam Barker and Grant Culton. The Lions would cut the lead in half when Cutberto Hernandez scored with 4:21 remaining in the half. Then midway through the second quarter, Endre Rex-Kiss converted a four-meter penalty shot to tie the game at 2-2.
Senior Trevor Wagner gave the Lions their first lead when he scored on a rebound and putback with 2:39 remaining on an extra-man goal. Both teams locked into a defensive battle for the remainder of the half, as the Lions held its 3-2 lead into the break.
Redlands' Spencer Dinnean re-tied the game at 3-3 with his 6-on-5 goal at the 5:22 mark in the third. McShane answered back about a minute later, giving the Lions the lead for good.
LMU shut down Redlands offense in the fourth quarter, helped by Elliott's heroics in nets and a fine steal at four-meters by Rex-Kiss. McShane and Sean Wimer helped the Lions pull away to the final margin.
Rex-Kiss was later selected as conference MVP in addition to earning first-team honors. Elliott also earned first-team honors, while Sean Wimer took home second-team honors. Earning honorable mention was Brian McShane.
2004 All-Western Water Polo Association
MVP: Endre Rex-Kiss, Loyola Marymount
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