Boys Wopo Suffers Hard-Fought Loss to SHP
The Bears faced SHP in a head-to-head match Friday night. While this was a non-league game, the results do count toward CCS, and regardless of the effect it would have on their standing, M-A would never accept defeat to SHP without a fight, however, they fell 12-7.
Coach Dante could not make the game, leaving the Bears without a head coach for the match that was also held at the Gators’ home pool. However, against these odds, the Bears came out looking to avenge the 10-3 loss to SHP at the St. Francis Invitational weeks prior.
In the third possession of the game, SHP’s second, the Bears earned an ejection, creating an advantage for the Gators. Senior Zach Deal took away their opportunity by successfully shot blocking SHP’s attempt, leading to a goal from senior Harrison Holland-McCowan that put the Bears on the board first.
SHP tied the score finishing a one on zero opportunity 2 minutes later, and created the same counter attack during their next possession, but this time McCowan robbed them of a second goal.
The Bears pulled ahead with a re-direct by Deal off of senior Morgan Olson-Fabbro’s assist. This followed by another 6 on 5 steal by junior Evan McClelland put the Bears ahead 2-1 in the end of the first period.
Senior Zach Cogan won the sprint at the start of the second quarter, and Fabbro increased their lead by two with a goal 2 minutes in. SHP and M-A took turns scoring the next three goals, respectively, followed by two more quick goals from the Gators to end the quarter 5-4, SHP.
The Bears scored the first goal of the third quarter during the first possession of the period claimed by Fabbro. The Gators retaliated with 2 more goals, bringing them ahead by two, until Fabbro was able to close the gap with a lob at the last second of the shot clock. The third quarter left the Bears down by one with 6 goals to SHP’s 7.
SHP scored one minute into the fourth, and McClelland returned with a goal for M-A during their subsequent possession. Unable to hold the score, the Bears allowed 4 more goals from SHP, ending the game 12-7, Gators.
While the Bears were able to score first, and hold the goal differential to less than 2 for the first 3 quarters, they were unable to finish off the game.
Regardless of the loss, the Bears showed up to the Gators’ home turf with a strong presence of both fans and relentless play in the water. They executed many counter steals and were able to score 7 goals, 4 more than they had when they met SHP last, and closed the gap from the previous matchup as well.
This Friday night game will not count against the Bears’ record in league, and served as a growing opportunity for the team to strengthen their play for the challenging games ahead.