Women’s Polo Rebuilds

Aleck Ryner

After struggling throughout most of last season and losing in the second round of the NCS playoffs, the Lady Mats water polo team is looking to have a bounce back year. Led by captains Sierra Robbins ‘11, Molly Schoenfeld ‘11 and Margaux Attard ‘11, the team has a strong foundation to take huge steps forward this year.

However, a possible rules violation at the girls’ annual sleepover led to Coach Trevor Rose suspending the three captains for one week. The rest of the seniors elected to suspend themselves for the week, as well. The team was drubbed 19-3 against San Ramon Valley without them, but with the seniors back, everything looks to be back on the right track.

The biggest challenge in the pool may be overcoming the loss of Maxine Sharf ‘10, who led the team in every offensive category last year and is now playing at Cal. However, that may not be as hard as it sounds. Michelle (Shelley) Caron ‘11, a new student from Canada, looks like she could be an all around force for the Lady Mats this year.

“Shelley is one of the best water polo players I have seen,” said Robbins. “She has a great shot and she is really strong. It has been a huge help to the rest of the team to have Shelley.”

Another problem for the team could be the inexperience of their goalies. Katie Latimer ‘12 and Kathryn Lloyd ‘13 will take over the goal keeping duties this year, but it is hard to predict their influence on the game this early in the season.

“I think our goalies are pretty good. They get better every practice and we should improve throughout the season,” said Robbins.

The team recently took fifth in a tournament in Sacramento and if they build on this it could mean good things for the future. Their season is at a critical juncture, the question is, will they sink or swim?