Water Polo finshes 1-1 in home tournament
October 9, 2015
The Fighting Scots Men’s Water Polo team hosted their lone home tournament of the season this weekend, falling 19-10 to the Mercyhurst Lakers and coming back to finish the tournament with a 17-12 win over the Salem International Tigers.
“We did really well this weekend,” said junior Raheem Brown. “The score may not have showed it, but in the first game we played really well defensively. We struggled offensively for a while, but towards the middle of the game we picked it up.”
Brown scored four of the Scots’ ten goals in the game against Mercyhurst.
“We struggled to get our offense going in the first game, but by the second quarter we looked much more comfortable,” said Head Coach Peter Ollis. “We had a poor third quarter, but besides that, I felt we played a very talented Mercyhurst well.”
The men came back in better shape in their second and final game of the tournament against Salem International University. The Tigers outscored the Scots in their season opening game last month with a close score of 21-19. This time the Fighting Scots were not to be outdone, winning their second matchup against the Tigers with a 17-12 score.
“We came out very strong and controlled the majority of the game,” coach Ollis said. “Both of our goalies, Alex Hernandez and Jihad Ramadan, had strong days and played great. The two of them helped energize our team and get us the win.”
Looking back, junior Captain Matt Engebretsen seemed very satisfied with how the team played this weekend.
“It was probably the best weekend that we’ve had as a team in all the years that I’ve played here,” Engebretsen said. “We were aggressive on defense both games, we never gave up easy goals and I could not have been happier with how we played this weekend.”
The Scots will have a week to improve before their next tournament, where they will take on the Mercyhurst Lakers once more, as well as conference matches against Gannon University and Penn State-Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania.