Men's Water Polo

Water Polo Claims WWPA Title

Brian McShane scored what proved to be game winner in WWPA title game.
Brian McShane scored what proved to be game winner in WWPA title game.

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.

 

 

TEAMS
1
2
3
4
F
RECORDS
Redlands
2
0
1
0
-
3
24-11
LMU
0
3
1
2
-
6
20-10
RED GOALS: Grant Culton 1, Sam Barker 1, Spencer Dinnean 1.
LMU GOALS: Brian McShane 2, Endre Rex-Kiss 1, Cutberto Hernandez 1, Trevor Wagner 1, Sean Wimer 1.

2004 All-Western Water Polo Association

FIRST TEAM
Endre Rex-Kiss, Loyola Marymount
Chris Feingold, UC San Diego
Vanja Kalabic, BYU-Hawaii
Patrick Jacobson, UC Davis
Spencer Dinnean, Redlands
Chris Eichholz, UC San Diego
GK: Ian Elliott, Loyola Marymount

SECOND TEAM
A.J. Kotanjian, Whittier
Murphey Morgan, Air Force
Sean Wimer, Loyola Marymount
Ryan Hall, Redlands
Conor Duignan, UC Davis
Kenny Flanagan, Santa Clara
GK: Ethan Jessup, Whittier

HONORABLE MENTION
Brian McShane, Loyola Marymount
Tim Brown, Pomona-Pitzer
Jordan Brink, BYU-Hawaii
Casey Finfrock, Redlands
Peter Moore, Santa Clara
Joel McKown, UC Santa Cruz
Tom Jay, UC Davis
Josh Jewett, Air Force

MVP: Endre Rex-Kiss, Loyola Marymount
Coach of the Year: Tom Whittemore, Redlands
Newcomer of the Year: A.J. Kotanjian, Whittier

- GO LIONS -

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