Water Polo Travels to UCLA, Hosts Home Opener
Men's water polo travels to UCLA Friday, then hosts home opener against WWPA foe on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The 10th-ranked LMU men's water polo team will continue its stretch of games against ranked opponents with a pair of games this weekend, starting with second-ranked UCLA at Spieker Aquatics Center on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. The Lions will then play their first home game of the season when they host conference foe Pomona-Pitzer at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Lions went 2-2 last weekend at the NorCal Invitational, splitting the matches against top-20 opponents. The Lions knocked off #11 UC San DIego and #18 Concordia, while falling to No. 7 Pacific and No. 9 Long Beach State by identical 9-7 scores.
LMU enters the week at 3-3 on the season with the three setbacks coming to top-10 opponents by a combined five goals.
Freshman Milutin Mitrovic leads the Lions with 13 goals, followed by redshirt junior John Mikuzis with 10. He had eight goals at the NorCals last weekend. Redshirt freshman Seth Coldren is third on the team in scoring with seven goals. Senior goalie Kyle Testman has made 65 saves this season, 41 coming last weekend.
UCLA is 11-1 on the season, suffering their first setback last weekend in the championship game of the NorCals, falling to No. 1 USC, 7-6. They also earned an 11-10 overtime win over Cal in the semifinals and defeated Pacific in the quarterfinals, 9-4.
Following the trip to UCLA, the Lions will play their first home game of the 2012 season at the Burns Aquatics Center against Western Water Polo Association foe Pomona-Pitzer. The Sagehens continued its tough early season schedule as they played four more games against top-20 opponents, making it 10 for 10 on the season. The Sagehens played four games at the NorCals last weekend, facing top-ranked USC for the second time on the year. Of their 10 games, six have come against the top-10 in the nation. Their other four setbacks to teams ranked between No. 11 and No. 20 have come by a combined eight goals, including a 10-8 setback to No. 14 Santa Clara and a 13-12 overtime heartbreaker to No. 18 Concordia last weekend. Ryan Higgins, Dylan O'Connell and Cody Moore had multiple goals against the Broncos, while Stephen Vint, Jason Cox and Mark Hudnall did it against Concordia.