The CMS Men's Water Polo team competed in the Claremont Convergence Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Stags went 4-1 for the weekend, which included a victory over Harvard Saturday evening.
CMS began the tournament with a 9-5 win over Fordham, whom they had narrowly beat in last year's tournament, but lost to two years ago.
A few hours later, the Stags went up against No. 12 Santa Clara. Looking for redemption from last year's 4-11 loss to the Broncos, the Stags were able to cut the margin of defeat to just three and only lost 6-9. Even though the Stags were defeated, they were proud of their effort and improvement. Additionally, this was their only loss of the tournament.
After splitting Friday's games, CMS was able to start Saturday morning off on the right step with a decisive 15-8 victory over the Vanguard Lions. CMS went up 6-0 at the start of the match and were able to hold their lead. The Stags maintained their six-goal margin through halftime, at which point the score was 8-2. In the third period, CMS - the Lions 4-2 and despite being outscored 4-3 in the final quarter were able to stay on top for the victory.
That afternoon the Stags defeated Connecticut College 11-6.
In CMS' final match of the tournament, they took on Harvard University. The last two times the Stags went up against the Crimson, CMS lost 1-2 ('01) and 8-18 ('99). This time was different, however. The Stags were able to decisively defeat the Crimson with a 13-6 victory. Harvard also lost to Pomona-Pitzer in the tournament, but defeated Occidental 12-8 and Caltech 21-2.
Each year the Stags have been able to improve on their overall performance in the Claremont Convergence. In 2009 the Stags went 2-2 in the tournament and in 2008 they went 0-4, but this year they finished with an impressive 4-1 record for the weekend.
On Saturday, October 16th the Stags will begin SCIAC play with a 7:00 PM game at Pomona-Pitzer (8-8). The Sagehens narrowly defeated Harvard 10-9 and lost to Santa Clara 4-7 during the Claremont Convergence. The match up on Saturday evening should prove to be an exciting battle.