Loyola Marymount 10, St. Francis (NY)
Loyola Marymount 10, St. Francis (NY) 6Dec. 4, 2005
Lewisburg, PA (Dec. 4) - The Loyola Marymount University men's water polo team defeated 11th-ranked St. Francis (NY) 10-6 in the consolation final of the 2005 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship hosted by Bucknell in Lewisburg, Penn., on Sunday afternoon. It is the fourth time in the last five years the Lions finish the season third in the nation.
The Lions, coming off a one-goal heartbreaker in the semifinals to Stanford on Saturday, responded with an impressive 10-6 win over St. Francis as they finish the season playing some of their best water polo all year. They finish the season 19-16 while St. Franics falls to 20-7.
Junior Cutberto Hernandez led the Lions with three goals on the day while fellow junior Brian McShane added a pair. Senior Endre Rex-Kiss also added two goals to his career totals as he finishes the season with 72 goals and his amazing career with 261, the best in LMU history.
LMU took the early 2-0 lead in the first after goals from Hernandez and Rex-Kiss. St. Francis, answered before the close of the frame to tie it at 2-2. Goals by Hernandez and Rex-Kiss once again put the Lions up 4-2 and goalie Ian Elliott and the LMU defense held an opponent scoreless in a period for the fifth straight game.
In the third period the teams traded goals, starting with the Lions' and Hernandez with his third goal on the day with 5:18 remaining in the third. After a St. Francis goal made it 5-3, senior Scott Marshall made it 6-3 with 2:35 remaining. On the next possession St. Francis answered to make it 6-4. LMU went right back to work and put the lead back to three when McShane scored with a minute left in the third, making it 7-4.
After St. Francis made the score 7-5 to start the fourth, back-to-back goals from Ben Easton and McShane made it 9-5 and put the game out of reach. Ryan Gilmore capped the scoring for the Lions for the final margin.
-- Courtesy Loyola Marymount