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Men’s Water Polo drops two straight

September 25, 2015

Michelle Ravel - The Courier

Over the weekend Monmouth College Water Polo opened the season with an offensive show, displaying an aptitude for scoring in two close losses against Salem International University and Washington and Jefferson College. Both games saw the Scots bounce back from large deficits late in the game, led by a high-octane offense that looks to be the focal point of the Scots under first-year head coach Peter Ollis.

The Scots opened the weekend, and the season, on Saturday with a team record 19 goals at Salem International in a tight 21-19 loss. Raheem Brown played a magnificent game with nine goals, getting the Scots back in the game after a 9-5 Salem International run in the third quarter made the score 19-14 going into the fourth.

The Scots led a furious comeback, outscoring Salem International 5-2 in the final frame, but simply ran out of time.

“Something we took from the games this weekend is that we can come back from anything if we stay calm and collected,” said Brown. Five Scots scored in the game, a good sign moving forward.

Michelle Ravel - The Courier

On Sunday, the Scots played an even closer game, falling to Washington and Jefferson College by a score of 17-16. Once again, Raheem Brown provided the bulk of the scoring, dropping in another nine goals, including seven in the first quarter. However, the Scots once again fell behind in the third, going into the fourth down by a score of 15-10.

Though the Scots pumped in six fourth-quarter goals and gave up only two, the clock proved to be the peskiest of adversaries, and the Scots could not find the last goal they needed to pull even. The game still serves as a means for noticing improvement, though. Brown pointed out the new resilience of the team being put on display. “In the past, we would get down by a few goals, and you could just tell that we lost the game,” said Brown. Brown would later attribute a shift in attitude to Ollis, saying that the team’s morale is much higher.

The Scots now sit at 0-2 for the season, and 0-1 in conference play. The Scots’ next game is on October 3, where Monmouth will host a tournament. The Scots will look to make up ground against Mercyhurst University and collect payback in a rematch against Salem International University.

Anthony Adams
Sports Columnist

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