THIS WEEK: Air Force (4-10, 0-1 WWPA) hosts the Loyola Marymount Lions (4-11, 1-1 WWPA), Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Cadet Natatorium. Admission is free.
SERIES RECORDS: Air Force and LMU will meet for the 57th time and the Lions lead the series, 30-26. The series began in 1980. Earlier this season, the Falcons beat the Lions, 9-7, on Sept. 30 at the Mountain Pacific Invitational. The teams have split two games this season. Loyola beat the Falcons twice last season, including a 9-8 decision in the first game of the WWPA Tournament.
MOST RECENTLY: The Air Force water polo team posted a 2-1 record at the annual Gary Troyer Tournament, Oct. 6-7, in Claremont, Calif.
In the first game, senior Riley Thomas scored four goals to lead Air Force to a 10-7 win over Navy. Air Force has now defeated Navy three straight times.
In game two, Pomona Pitzer defeated the Falcons, 15-10. Riley Thomas scored three goals in the first quarter as the Falcons held a 4-3 lead. Pomona-Pitzer scored five straight goals to open the second quarter, but goals by Luke Andres and Justin Harrison cut the Pitzer lead to 8-6 at the half. The teams traded goals in the third quarter as each team scored four times. Jason Hires, Andres, Thomas and Ryan Dorris all scored for the Falcons as Pitzer led 12-10 entering the final quarter. Pitzer scored three goals in the final eight minutes while keeping the Falcons off the board for the 15-10 win.
In the final game of the tournament, the Falcons defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 17-3. Air Force led 3-2 after one quarter, but then outscored the Stags, 14-1, over the final three quarters. Justin Harrison led the Falcons with four goals. Michael Miller had three goals while Jack Empey, George Millard and Jack Alexander each had two.
STAT LEADERS: Despite missing two games early in the season, senior Riley Thomas leads the team with 26 goals and 36 points. Garrett Fisk is second with 18 goals and 26 points. Freshman James Burke is fifth in the league with 108 saves.