Men’s Water Polo Update

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Grayson Judge and Evan Pauletich, Staff Writers

Miramonte defeated league rival Acalanes 13-11 Wednesday night. The Mats controlled most of the game, but made a few defensive errors that caused a close scoreline.

Men’s Water Polo placed 5th out of 16 teams at the S&R Tournament in Orange County this past weekend. The tournament is a highly competitive invitational, with many Division 1 Top 10 teams in attendance including Miramonte, Sacred Heart Prep, Corona del Mar, Harvard-Westlake, and Long Beach Wilson.

The Mats started the weekend off strong, with a comeback win against Newport Harbor. Although the Mats were down 2-7 at halftime, the team came together and rallied in the second half to beat the Sailors 11-10. The quarterfinals were a much different story, with NorCal powerhouse Sacred Heart Prep counter attacking furiously and out scoring the Matadors 14-3. However, the team rebounded from their loss to beat Long Beach Wilson 11-10 in another comeback victory. The Mats completed their trip to Southern California with a 14-13 win against Coronado.

“I think this weekend really showed what type of team we are. All our games were won by one goal, with two games won in comeback fashion. We beat Long Beach Wilson, who recently beat number two ranked Mater Dei. But at the same time we really just did not execute at times, like in the Sacred Heart game. Hopefully we can get more consistent before the most competitive tournament of the season, the North Vs. South Challenge,” attacker Alex Zamanian ‘16 said.

Miramonte men’s water polo suffered a tough loss 11-8 to rivals Campolindo last Wednesday night. The Matadors were never able to fully recover from an early deficit the Cougars created.

Overall, the Mats were never able to get going on offense. They struggled early on in the game, and despite rallying late in the fourth quarter, the Matadors were unable to seal a victory.

Defensively, Miramonte started off strong, holding Campo to just four goals in the first half. But, as the game progressed, the defense began to break down, and several mental mistakes ended up harming their chances of winning.

“Usually we score a lot of goals, but, that day was not our day and we unfortunately couldn’t score enough to beat Campo. Next time we play them, we will be able to come out on top,” Captain Jordan Hoover ‘15 said.

Although struggling on offense as a whole, a few mats managed to make significant offensive contributions. Alex Zamanian ‘16, Max Murphy ‘16, and Hoover scored twice, keeping the game within arm’s reach. But, many of the Matadors leading scorers stayed off the scoresheet Wednesday night, and this directly impacted the course of the game.