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Under water in Pennsylvania

November 1, 2013

Monmouth College Photo / Raheem Brown led the water polo team with 19 goals this weekend.

Monmouth’s men’s water polo picked up its fourth win of their inaugural season this weekend. The Fighting Scots traveled to Erie, Pa. to play two back-to-back games against Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) opponents, Gannon University, Penn. State-Behrend, Mercyhurst University and Notre Dame College (Ohio).

The first of four games pitted Monmouth against Gannon University. The Division II School from Erie, Pa. got off to a hot start against the Scots, Gannon leading Monmouth 5-2 going into the half. Aided by sophomore Raheem Brown’s five goals, Monmouth’s effort kept the game even through the second half. Unfortunately the effort wasn’t enough as Monmouth fell to Gannon in their first game, 22-14.

Later that afternoon the Scots faced off against Penn. State-Behrend for the third time this season. And, for the third time this season, Monmouth won. A faulty start put Monmouth down by two after the first half. Patience proved key as Monmouth rallied back; the Scots scored nine goals in the second half to win their only game of the weekend.

Brown, who scored 19 of Monmouth’s 52 goals this weekend, felt confident in his team. “We know that every team is going to give us their best every game. Teams are watching us, and they soon will be worrying about us.”

Sunday brought a different story as both of the day’s matches yielded unfortunate results. Monmouth faced Mercyhurst University for its third game of the weekend. Monmouth struggled early as Mercyhurst gained and held the lead through the entire game. After 10 points were scored in the second half, Mercyhurst sealed the deal by handing Monmouth its second loss of the weekend with an score of 18-12.

For the second time this season Monmouth lost to Notre Dame College, but not after a fight. For most of the game the two teams battled neck and neck. But stamina proved key, as Monmouth couldn’t keep up in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame scored six goals in the final quarter to gain and hold the lead, defeating Monmouth 18-14.

“I think our team did well this weekend. It was another good experience of tough varsity games, some of which I think our men’s team could have won,” said coach Josh Dunn. “There were many times where we would start off strong, then ease off. To make up that ground when we ease off hurt us.”

Men’s water polo looks to build from this weekend in order to compete in the Southern Division Championships. “We need to focus on our game plan and make sure that everyone is on the same page,” said captain Tony Marino. “If we can do this, then we have a good shot at upsetting some teams at the Southern Division Championship.”

After a week of practice men’s water polo travels to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in the Southern Division Championships. The men will find out Nov. 4 what their seeded position is in the division tournament.

Mike Olszewski
Sports Editor

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