Men's water polo falls jumps right back into action, taking on conference rival UC San Diego in two-game week.
Sept. 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Less than 72 hours after playing four games in two days against the nation's top-20, LMU men's water polo will jump right back into action. And in a big way. The Lions will start the week on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when they face conference rival UC San Diego on the road at 6 pm.
The LMU-UC San Diego match-up has become one of the fiercest rivalries in water polo with the two teams combining to win 14 of the last 15 Western Water Polo Association championships. The two will square off once again for the first time this season, marking the first conference game for both teams.
LMU will then return home Saturday, Sept. 28, to take on UCLA, who will likely take over the No. 1 spot in the national poll on Wednesday after defeating USC in the NorCal Invitational championship on Sunday. The game is set for 1 pm and will be presented by the Lions Athletic Fund with ticket sales benefiting the LMU men's water polo program. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids/seniors. Kids under 12 are free.
The young Lions squad, which includes 20 underclassmen on its 25-man roster, are coming off more improved play at the tough NorCal Invitational, winning the final three games, including a 12-9 win over No. 7 UC Irvine.
Here are some of the highlights from the weekend:
> Sophomore Milutin Mitovic scored 15 goals and five assists on the weekend, giving him 29 and 16, respectively on the season to lead the squad. His five goals against UC Irvine helped him crack the century mark for his career, giving him 101 goals in just over one season. He is already ranked 20th all-time in LMU history.
Mitrovic's fellow Serbian countryman, Vuk Cvetkovic, continues to improve in his second season at two-meter, also scoring five goals against UC Irvine to give him 15 goals on the year. He also leads the team with 36 kick outs drawn.
Freshman Cory McGee continues to gain playing time, scoring seven goals on the weekend to give him 12 on the season. He also is tied for second on the team in steals with 10.
Redshirt freshman Kirk Wilenius stepped in at goal and had three straight double-digit save performances in the Lions' three wins. He had 43 saves in three-plus games, including a career-best 14 in the win over UCI.
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