Key WWPA Showdown on Senior Day
Men's water polo to host final home game of 2012 season against No. 13 Air Force
Nov. 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The 11th-ranked LMU men's water polo team will host their final home game of the 2012 season when they take on 13th-ranked Air Force at the Burns Aquatics Center on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. It is a key match-up in the Western Water Polo Association as the Lions sit at 9-2 in the WWPA, while Air Force is 7-3.
The last home game of the season is traditionally Senior Day at LMU, and the Lions will honor four players in their final season at LMU. Seniors Jon Colton, Kyle Testman, Matt Venner and Collin Walters will all play their final home game of their careers on Saturday.
Both Colton and Walters played four seasons with the Lions, as they enter their 105th and 78th game, respectively. The 105 games for Colton will put him in a tie for 18th all-time in LMU history. He enters Saturday with 53 career goals, 36 assists, 148 kick outs drawn, 62 steals and 38 field blocks.
As for Walters, he is having his best season as a senior, scoring 25 of his 36 career goals this season. He also leads the team with 24 assists, giving him 45 in his career, which is ranked 20th all-time at LMU. He also has 56 career kick outs drawn and 45 steals.
Both Venner and Testman transferred to LMU a year ago and in two seasons became valuable in the Lions line-up. Testman earned All-WWPA honorable mention honors a year ago and has played all but four minutes this season in goal. He has made 220 saves this season, which is ranked 11th for a single season at LMU. He has 339 in his career.
Venner has played in every game since coming to LMU, entering his 48th as a Lion on Saturday. He has 26 goals, 54 kick outs drawn, 16 steals and 10 field blocks in his career.
The senior will lead the Lions into a key game on Saturday as just two games remain in the season before the 2012 WWPA Championships on Nov. 16-18 at Whittier College.
Air Force is 14-9 on the season and 7-3 in the WWPA and will play a key match against Pomona-Pitzer on Friday. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two WWPA rivals. The Lions won both meetings last season, 7-5 and 10-7.