Sports: Boys Water Polo Handles Burlingame in Decisive Victory
The boys water polo team put on a strong performance last night against the visiting Burlingame Panthers in the final game of the first round league play, earning 17 goals to their opponent's 6.
The Bears immediately grabbed the first possession of the game, earning an advantage play 20 seconds in. They were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, but quickly bounced back with a goal from junior Matt Baszucki less than a minute later. Senior Evan McClelland continued this momentum scoring off a five-meter penalty shot, putting the Bears ahead with an early 2-0 lead.
The Panthers retaliated, closing the gap by one, but M-A soon answered with McClelland's second goal of the game just before the end of the quarter.
The Bears started the second quarter with back-to-back goals from junior John Knox, followed by yet another McClelland goal, pushing their lead to 5-1. Burlingame scored their second goal soon after, only to be immediately answered by a M-A goal from senior Chris Blank. Burlingame then scored the last goal of the quarter, putting them behind by three at half.
Senior Jake Bassin won the first possession of the second half for the Bears, providing them with an immediate opportunity to score. Capitalizing on the opportunity, the Bears scored two unanswered goals from sophomore Jorge Pont and McClelland. By the end of the third, M-A found themselves in a comfortable 12-5 lead.
Senior Dimitri Herr kicked off the fourth quarter with a quick steal, followed by a fast break, resulting in an impressive pop shot goal from sophomore Jack Beasley. Beasley refused to slow down and came back with a steal, passing the ball down pool for a two on one, resulting in an assist from Bassin to junior Alex Laird. Sensing the Bears' momentum, the Panthers called a timeout to regroup. The timeout proved effective, as they came out with a quick goal, narrowing the gap to 14-6.
The Bears ended the game with three more goals from Knox, Herr, and Bassin, respectively, finishing the Panthers off, 17-6.
The Bears suffered an unfortunate loss to SHP tonight in non-league play, and will start their second round of league play next Wednesday against Menlo. The Bears hope to regain momentum and capitalize on this opportunity to redeem their two-goal loss to the Knights from earlier in the season.