No. 8 Pepperdine holds on to early lead to take down No. 5 Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. -- No. 8 Pepperdine wrapped up its Northern California road trip with a 9-6 MPSF victory at No. 5 Pacific on Sunday at Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Center. The Waves (10-6, 2-1 MPSF) posted their second top-five victory in two weeks at the expense of the Tigers (9-6, 0-1 MPSF).
“This was a great win for the team,” interim co-head coach Willo Rodriguez said. "We were led by the offensive firepower of Spencer Hamby and Bence [Valics] in the cage. Our training the past two the weeks on the tactics we were going to encounter really paid off today. In the fourth quarter we had two goals off the counterattacks which helped us in a place where it is very difficult to get a win.”
Hamby matched his season high with four goals, including a pair in the opening period. Matthew DeTrane added a pair, while Mike Tragitt was the leading playmaker with four assists and a pair of steals. Stephen Loomis collected four steals to go along with a goal in the second quarter.
Pepperdine never trailed in the contest and held the Tigers to just one goal in the second and third quarters. Pacific closed the deficit to two at 7-5 with 2:35 remaining in regulation, but the Waves scored twice more to seal their second win against Pacific this season. Pepperdine set the tone early with three-goal outbursts in the first and third periods.
“The guys came out fighting with a lot of energy,” Rodriguez said. “We knew early on that they were going to fight back and this was a very important game for them.”
Goalkeeper Bence Valics collected 11 saves with seven coming in the first half. Valics also added an assist and a steal.