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Men’s water polo improves scoring at first tournament of the season

September 26, 2014

Although the Fighting Scots fell to all three teams played in a round robin tournament at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, scores were increased in comparison to last year’s results.

The team’s goal going into the tournament was to win, however, the Scots are happy with the improvements they made in the water.

Losing to home team Washington and Jefferson College 10-18 just last year, the Scots began their second season with more goals this time around, only losing 16-20.

Salem International University is another team the Scots had encountered last year. After halftime, Monmouth was losing by only four goals and fought to catch up, but came up just short with a 13-10 loss in the final quarter.

The final game of the weekend was against Mercyhurst University, who finalized a win over the Scots of 16-8. The Scots led in the first quarter 3-1, but a strong offense helped Mercyhurst score 14 goals in the final half alone. Last season, the Scots lost by the same amount of points to Mercyhurst.

Coach Joshua Dunn believes the team played well this past weekend, but not as well as he would have liked. He said he is proud of the team for showing improvement, but is determined to help the team continue to make adjustments.

“Teamwork and communication are key towards improving our play,” said the varsity head coach. “Our team is a lot different than last year and we needed a team effort to step up and put together a strong offense and we were able to do that.  We are still having a difficult time countering back to defense which we will be working on these next few weeks.” Junior Neal Hosper agrees with the head coach.

“I think the team’s still in the molding phase of the year, where players are still figuring out what they can do for the team and being able to play together as a team,” said Hosper. He went on to say that the team has a bench full of talent, including upperclassmen that are able to guide the young team members’ transition into the collegiate program.

Monmouth will get a chance to redeem themselves against Salem International University on Oct. 4, as a part of Homecoming weekend. This will also be the first home varsity match held in Pepper Natatorium for the 2014 season.

Kelsey Watson
Contributing Writer

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