Water Polo Goes 1-1: Solid League Win, Good Taste Of The Best
In a Saturday doubleheader, the Stags (11-10, 3-2 SCIAC) managed to defeat the University of La Verne (6-18, 2-3 SCIAC) 13-7, while falling to #9 Loyola Marymount (13-7).
CMS began the morning in the friendly confines of Axelrood Pool as they took on the La Verne Leopards. La Verne came into the game strong, but the Stags proved that they were even stronger, scoring the first goal of the game from Huston Middlesworth (So, Bellevue, WA) at the wing. CMS never looked back, as they held the lead for the remainder of the game. Thanks to stellar play by senior captain and goalie Sean Wasserman (SR, Los Gatos), the Stags were able to shut down ULV's offense for most of the game, as they held the Leopards scoreless in the fourth quarter. The CMS offense seemed to click as well, scoring a convincing 13 goals against ULV. The Stags were led by Brian Chong (JR, Mercer Island, WA) and Middlesworth, who scored four goals each, while Maarten Lefor (FR, Sherman Oaks) tallied a pair of his own. Ari Wes (JR, Mercer Island, WA), Greg Mann (SO, Hillsborough), and Andrew Cosentino (SR, Greenwich, CT) all got on the board with one each. Mann, Cosentino, and Danny Polyakov (JR, Agoura Hills) each gave two assists, and Wasserman had twelve blocks in front of the cage.
Later that day, the Stags traveled to Loyola Marymount to take on the #9 ranked Lions. The Stags came out strong and fierce, finishing the first quarter 1-2. However, LMU rallied back and sent things into the half 2-5 with the Stags at a disadvantage. CMS was quiet the remainder of the game, unable to find the back of the net in the entire second half, but strong defense and fast transitions by the Stags kept LMU to only 4 goals in the second half, ending at 2-9. Middlesworth once again led the Stag offense with the only CMS goals, while Wasserman was strong in the cage with 10 saves. Though CMS was unsuccessful in winning, they got a taste of what to expect in the tough postseason games.
The experience sets up the Stags in a strong position going into this Tuesday's game at UCSD when the Stags will take on the No. 12 Tritons. Less than 24 hours later, the Stags travel to Pasadena to take on conference opponent Cal Tech, and face Cal Lutheran only three short days later. The Stags have a busy week ahead, so be sure to stay updated on their progress this upcoming week. Go Stags!