‘Eaters Fall to Pacific in Sunday Evening Showdown for Conference Championship
UC Irvine men’s water polo and the University of the Pacific matched up well on both sides of the ball, which made for a grinding pace. The first quarter closed with Pacific leading just 1-0.
The 2nd quarter brought offensive production from both sides, senior Kyle Trush opened up the scoring for UCI with 6:48 left to play. Both teams traded goals, one of which was a penalty shot by the Tigers. Senior Brendan Duffy scored the final goal of the period with 0:03 left to play. Despite the ‘Eaters efforts Pacific took the half 3-4.
UCI gave up two goals to start the third. Though sophomore Bryant Joudrie found the back of the net to give the ‘Eaters hope. The quarter end 4-6 in favor Pacific.
The fourth was highlighted by a goal from senior Jack Trush to keep the ‘Eaters in range, but Pacific began running the clock out surprisingly early, with over 5 minutes left to play. With the ‘Eaters spread across the pool, Pacific was able to convert on long passes and take the game 9-5.
UCI took second in the Golden coast conference, and finished with a record of 15-10, including an impressive 7-3 record at home.