Men’s Polo Ready for NCS

by John Coupin

fter being upset by league champion and rival Acalanes, the Mats are determined to seek revenge in the North Coast.

“No doubt it was a tough loss,” said Joey Fabian ‘11. “This team has the experience to regroup and focus on the challenge ahead.”

It will most certainly be a challenge, but the strongest teams out of the league schedule will have Miramonte better prepared than most teams in NCS.

Two weekends ago the Mats traveled to Palo Alto High School for the highly regarded North South Tournament. In the tournament, the Mats gave good games to El Torro and Marrieta Valley; both teams are among the top teams in the state.

However, the Mats beat Los Alamitos and demolished Saint Francis 10-4, giving them an undefeated record against teams from Northern California in the North South Tournament.

“Although we lost to both Southern California teams it allowed us to play against better teams which will ultimately help us once NCS starts.” said Charlie Wiser ‘10.

For the first time ever, NCS has established two divisions, separating smaller schools from bigger schools. Because of Miramonte’s prior dominance in NCS, the Mats were placed in the division with the larger and more competitive schools.

The Mats are the number two seed in NCS and will play Alameda in the first round of the playoffs. Acalanes clinched the first seed and will play Berkeley in their opening game.

The NCS bracket is filled with talent and competitive teams. The Mats will need to bring their best game if they want to come anywhere close to extending their dynasty  and winning their unprecedented sixth straight NCS title.