Sports: Boys Water Polo Destroys Carlmont
The Bears bounced backed from their devastating season-opener loss to Menlo last week, demolishing Carlmont tonight in their second league game, 23-1.
The Bears came out strong, winning the first possession and capitalizing on this opportunity with a goal from junior John Knox less than 20 seconds into the game. They established relentless defense off the bat as well, forcing Carlmont to dump the ball on their first possession. Knox then scored virtually an identical goal on the Bears’ ensuing possession. The Scotts closed the early gap, scoring their first, and only goal, on an advantage play, 2 minutes into the game.
The Bears retaliated, refusing to allow Carlmont to stay within a goal of their score. Knox scored his third goal, followed by another from senior Evan McClelland within the next minute of play. The Bears continued to show both strong offense and defense in the rest of the first quarter, shutting down two of the Scotts’ advantage plays, and adding four more goals to their score from sophomore Jack Beasley, senior Jake Bassin, junior Mostyn Fero, and another from McClelland, ending the quarter 8-1 in M-A’s favor.
The Bears did not slow down heading into the second quarter, scoring 7 more unanswered goals. McClelland added three more goals to his previous two, Bassin and Fero both scored their second goals of the game, and new scorers senior Dimitri Herr and junior Jace Blazensky each added a point to the board as well. The first half ended with 15 points for M-A, and 1 for Carlmont.
Understanding their healthy lead, M-A took a new approach in the second half, substituting often and practicing new plays. Their defense remained strong, shutting the Scotts down once again. Fero added another point to the score, and Herr contributed two more goals, putting the Bears ahead 18-1 heading into the final quarter.
M-A finished off the game well, scoring five more goals, and holding Carlmont to only one. Beasley, Fero, and Herr each scored another goal, and junior Jorge Pont put two in the back of the cage. The game concluded with a score of 23-1, M-A.
Senior goalie Peter Berquist remarks: “Overall the team played really well. There are a few defensive things that we need to work on before our game against Saint Francis this weekend, specifically our 6 on 5 defense, as that is the only time they scored, but overall I’m really happy with the team.”
The Bears now anticipate their next game against Saint Francis this weekend, hoping to feed off of the momentum they created tonight.