No. 6 UC Santa Barbara Drops Final Regular Season Game to No. 9 Pepperdine, 11-9

Nov. 19, 2006

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The No. 6 UC Santa Barbara's men's water polo lost its last game of the regular season to No. 9 Pepperdine 11-9 on Sunday at Campus Pool. Pepperdine jumped to an early lead and despite five UCSB fourth quarter goals, the Waves emerged victorious. The Gauchos fall to 19-13 overall and 3-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on the loss and the Waves improve to 13-17 and 2-6 in the MPSF.

"We showed that when we're down, we come back but we were just too deep in a hole," UCSB Head Coach Wolf Wigo said.

Pepperdine won the first sprint of the game but it was the UCSB that got on the board first with a goal from freshman two-meter Jesse Tootell, who put one in the left side of the goal less than a minute into the game. Pepperdine freshman attacker JP MacDonell scored his first of three goals of day at the 4:48 mark to even the score at one. MacDonell scored again from beyond the seven meter mark to give Pepperdine its first lead of the game. With a minute left in the quarter, junior attacker Nick Corjon scored with a skim shot and the Waves went into the second period with a 3-1 advantage.

Exactly one minute into the second quarter, freshman center Clayton Snyder put one through on a power play, putting Pepperdine up 4-1. Sophomore driver Dane Lindstrom scored for the Gauchos with a lob shot to bring UCSB within two. The Waves answered in less than a minute at the 5:02 mark with a shot from two meters out from junior attacker Jason Langten. Sophomore driver Travis Watts put one over the head of the Pepperdine goalie to bring the score to 3-5 with 3:26 left in the half. MacDonell scored again for Pepperdine during a power play with less than a minute to play to give the Waves a halftime lead of 6-3.

Pepperdine scored first again in the third period with a goal from Langten from beyond seven meters at the 6:31 mark. Langten scored again two minutes later putting Pepperdine up 8-3. Sophomore Dorian Beaney gave the Waves their biggest lead of the day when he went around UCSB goalie Rick Wright with just under four minutes left in the quarter. The Gauchos returned with a goal from Lindstrom from the five-meter mark and the Waves immediately answered that with a direct shot from junior center Jeff Willis.

The fourth period looked promising for UCSB with three uncontested goals. Watts put one in the top of the goal, junior driver Ross Sinclair punched one through despite being heavily guarded by a Pepperdine defender, and sophomore driver Miles Price drew out the goalie before getting around him to score on a fast break after a Santa Barbara field block. Sophomore utility Matt Lee scored Pepperdine's final goal of the game with 3:47 left to play to bring the score to 11-8. Price scored again for UCSB after the team waited out the clock, looking for the perfect shot with three minutes left in the game. A Santa Barbara steal lead to a backhand goal from freshman Zsombor Vincze, who was double teamed, at the 2:28 mark. Niether team could put together a successful offensive in the remaining two minutes and Pepperdine came away with the 11-9 victory.

Next up for UCSB is the MPSF tournament in Irvine next weekend.

"We play Stanford and we know them pretty well. Hopefully we won't make the same mistakes there that we made today," Wigo said. "We're excited to be the five seed and we're hoping for a competitive game."

Team 1 2 3 4 final

Pepperdine 3 3 4 1 11

UCSB 1 2 1 5 9

Pepperdine goals: Jason Langten 3; JP MacDonell 3; Dorian Beaney 1; Nick Corjan 1; Matt Lee 1; Clayton Snyder 1; Jeff Willis 1

UC Santa Barbara goals: Dane Lindstrom 2; Miles Price 2; Travis Watts 2; Jesse Tootell 1; Ross Sinclair 1; Zsombor Vincze 1

Pepperdine saves: Travis Stachowski 7

UC Santa Barbara saves: Rick Wright 7; Michael Robinson 1