September Tradition: PCH Water Polo Rivalry
Since 2005, LMU and Pepperdine have kicked off the annual rivalry in men's water polo. It happens again Saturday.
Sept. 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES--The first Wells Fargo PCH Cup of the 2013-14 season will once again fall on the LMU men's water polo program. And the early September meeting continues to add to the rich history of the LMU-Pepperdine rivalry.
The Lions welcome the Waves to the Burns Aquatics Center for the 11th-ranked Lions home opener for 2013 on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12 noon. The two rivals have met in the first two weeks of September every season since 2005, including last season's 8-7 result when the Waves survived a late goal by the Lions that was just after the buzzer.
Since 2005, the teams have played 17 times, with nine of those games coming down to the final minute and decided by two goals or less. In every one of those meetings both teams have been ranked in at least the top-15 of the national coaches poll, and its no different again this year with the Lions at No. 11 and Pepperdine at No. 8
Experiencing the early season match-up for the fourth consecutive year are the only two seniors on the roster, John Mikuzis and goalie Gavyn Wild. The senior-duo sat down with the LMU Sports Network to talk about the rivalry. Watch Now on the LMU Sports Network.
LMU enters the game at 1-3, falling to a trio of teams in the nation's top-six last weekend at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. The Waves are 2-0 after wins over La Verne and Claremont.
Sophomore Milutin Mitrovic, who was an All-American in 2012 after setting the LMU freshman record with 72 goals, continued where he left off by leading the Lions with 10 goals and seven assists. Fellow countryman Vuk Cvetkovic had a breakout weekend, scoring eight goals with 16 kick outs drawn from the two-meter position.