Regular Season Closes With Senior Day Saturday
Men's water polo will close the regular season, a six-game homestand and honor five seniors on Saturday against No. 8 Long Beach State.
Nov. 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The six-game homestand for the LMU men's water polo will finally come to a close, and with it the end of the 2011 regular season when the Lions host seventh-ranked Long Beach State at the Burns Aquatics Center on Saturday at 12 noon. It will be Senior Day for the Lions, who will have five seniors playing in their final home game.
The traditional Senior Day at the Burns Center will see Peter Phelps, Charlie Horton, Albert Samuels, Max Schlegel and Edgaras Asajavicius play in their final home game against the 49ers. As a group, they have helped the Lions to a record of 75-32 heading into Saturday's game, playing in a combined 431 games together. They have also won a conference title in each of their previous three seasons.
Long Beach State (15-9, 1-6) lost a close MPSF match against Co-No. 1 UCLA 13-10, in the final home game of the 2011 season at the Campus Pool on Thursday night.
The 10th-ranked Lions enter the game at 15-6 overall and atop the WWPA standings at 10-1. The Lions have won six straight, four coming against ranked WWPA foes (at #17 Air Force 10-7, #10 UCSD 14-10, #12 UC Davis 8-5, #14 Santa Clara 11-2) to put a lock on the No. 1 seed in the upcoming WWPA Championships at UC San Diego Nov. 17-20.
Overall the Lions have won eight of their last 10.
The Lions are led by senior Edgaras Asajavicius, who has been on fire the last couple weeks, scoring 18 goals with 15 assists in the last six games. He now has 48 goals on the season, adding 33 assists and 35 steals. He leads the Lions in all three categories and now ranks fourth all-time at LMU with 197 goals, surpassing Tibor Forai and Charlie Wallace with a trio of goals against Fresno Pacific last week. His 89 career assists are also fourth all-time in LMU history.
Freshman Joe Ferretti has been having a solid first college season, ranking second on the Lions with 34 goals and 11 assists. Goalies Kyle Testman and Gavyn Wild have been splitting time in goal and have helped anchor a defense that has allowed just over 5.9 goals a game during the winning stretch.
In the win over Santa Clara, Testman made eight saves and posted a shutout in the first half, while Wild made seven saves while allowing just two 6-on-5 goals late. It was the lowest goal total by an opponent on the season.
CENTENNIAL SEASON: LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs, which included more than 900 fans at the Sept. 10 game against Pepperdine in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup. Up next is the 2011 Men's Basketball Centennial on Dec. 2 against Columiba. For more information, visit LMULions.com/LMUat100.