No. 13 Tigers Fall to No. 6 UCSB and No. 10 UC Davis in Second Day of Triton Invitational

Pacific put up a strong defensive effort throughout the entire day

Senior Brian Domecus helped lead a defensive front for the Tigers on Sunday

Sept. 7, 2008

La Jolla, Calif.-The Pacific men's water polo team finished in 8th place overall at the 2008 UC San Diego Triton Invitational after dropping two games to No.6 UCSB and No. 10 UC Davis, on Sunday Sept. 7. The losses move Pacific to 1-3 overall on the season.

The No. 13 Tigers started off the day with a tough matchup against MPSF rival No. 6 UCSB. Right out of gate, Pacific showed that they were not going to be bullied by the mighty Gauchos. A physical level of play was set very early on by both teams, and the offensives were stifled by it. After more then seven minutes of scoreless play, UCSB finally broke through on a goal by Stefan Partelow, to go into the end of the first quarter 1-0, Gaucho lead.

Again, the quarter began with a tough defensive struggle in the water. Not until the 5:14 mark did anyone score, when Pacific senior William Milcovich (Walnut Creek, Calif.) scored up close to the goal from the left side with two defenders on him. Locked into a 1-1 tie, the teams battled back and forth until the 3:57 point when again UCSB got on the scoreboard with strike from Miles Price.

Not to be outdone Tiger senior Shane Mahoney (Lodi, Calif.) notched his first goal of the season in the left side of the net to tie the game at 2-2. Time marched on and in the final 1:21 of the quarter, the Gauchos managed to two more last second goals and take a 4-2 advantage going into halftime.

Looking to change things up in the second half, Pacific struck early on the offensive end with a second goal from Mahoney at 6:48. UCSB answered right back with another goal from Price, to make the score 5-3 in favor of the Gauchos. Price found gold one more time before the end of the quarter to give UCSB a three goal lead, 6-3.

The fourth quarter brought forth an entirely new look for both teams, as both squads put on a strong offensive display. UCSB scored at 6:50, followed by another Milcovich score to make it a 7-4 contest. Junior Grant Hollis (Redlands, Calif.) scored his first of the game with 4:39 left to bring it within two, down 7-5. The Gauchos put the game away with two more quick scores to take a 9-5 lead, and Pacific freshman Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) scored his first ever Pacific goal to close out the game 9-6, Gaucho victory.

Milcovich and Mahoney led the Tigers with two goals a piece.

The Gauchos were led by Price who scored three goals of his own.

Part two of the afternoon's action saw the Tigers take on local rival No. 10 UC Davis. Once again Pacific started off the game with a steady defensive front. The only goal scored in the first quarter was a late goal at the 2:27 point. Pacific ended the quarter trailing 1-0.

The second quarter proved to be a challenge for the Tigers, as they saw the Aggies take a commanding 5-1 lead, with the only Pacific score coming from sophomore Lorin Bartlett (Poterville, Calif.) at 5:08.

Trailing by four going into the third, the Tigers were looking for some sort of offense to get themselves going, and they did just. Twice the Tigers found the back of the net, first on a 3:15 goal by junior Joey Rossi (Ceres, Calif.) and again at 1:51 by freshman Timothy Urrea (Los Angeles, Calif.). UC Davis scored one last time and held a 6-3 advantage heading into the final quarter.

An Aggie goal with 6:45 left, further put the Tigers behind, as they now trailed 7-3. Moments later, the Tigers answered back, with a screaming shot from Koning, his second of his career, to make the score 7-4. UC Davis continued to pour it on as they scored three more times, while Milcovich scored one last time for the Tigers. As time expired, the Aggies came out victorious, 10-5.

The Tigers were had five different players score in the game.

The Aggies were led by Paul Wilson who had two scores in the game.

Pacific is next in action, Saturday Sept. 13, as they play in the Island Empire Tournament held in southern California.

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