Sports: Boys Water Polo Claims Swift Victory over Sequoia
In a quad game day at Sequoia for water polo tonight, the boys demolished the Ravens, establishing complete dominance, and winning their third league game, 27-8.
The Bears created an immediate lead for themselves, with a goal from junior John Knox in the first 12 seconds of play, and another from Knox 30 seconds later. These were followed by two more unanswered goals from seniors Evan McClelland and Jake Bassin, respectively. With two and half minutes left in the first quarter, Sequoia was able to draw an advantage play, capitalize on their extra player, and put themselves on the board with a goal. Feeding off this momentum, the Ravens scored again two possessions later.
With only a one-goal lead, McClelland provided the Bears with a more comfortable gap scoring his second goal, only to be closed again by Sequoia with a goal 10 seconds later. McClelland retaliated, scoring again, followed by an additional goal for the Bears from senior Dimitri Herr. The first quarter concluded with a score of 7-3, M-A.
The Bears came out with a greater intensity in the second quarter with two immediate goals from Knox and Bassin. Sequoia responded, scoring their fourth goal of the game two minutes into the quarter. M-A established a larger lead with four consecutive goals from junior Matt Baszucki, Bassin, senior Chris Blank, and junior Mostyn Fero. Sequoia was then able to score twice more in the midst of four more goals for the Bears from junior Jace Blazensky (2), McClelland, and Blank. The Bears had a 17-6 lead at half.
The scoring slowed in the third quarter with only 3 goals for M-A, answered by one goal from Sequoia. Junior Jorge Pont, sophomore Jack Beasley, and Herr all contributed, ending the third quarter with 20 goals to Sequoia’s 3.
The Bears finished off the game, scoring seven additional goals in the last quarter, and only allowing one goal against them. Fourth quarter scorers included: Knox (2), Pont (3), and Baszucki (2). The game ended in a blowout, 27-8, M-A.
Bassin comments, “a win is a win, so that’s always great, but everyone was disappointed with our defense tonight—we fell short in that aspect. We play Aragon next and I’m excited for another opportunity for the team to get our defensive plays down.”
The Bears will face Aragon at M-A next week for their fourth league game.