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Water Polo takes fifth in Division III Championship

October 30, 2015

Monmouth College Men’s Water Polo team ended their weekend with a win. The Scots finished fifth at the Division III Championships with a 14-6 win over Penn State-Behrend on Sunday.

In the first period, Ian Salveson struck first for the fighting Scots by scoring a goal at 5:24 mark of the first period.

After that goal, the fighting Scots stayed in command of the first period. After some great defense by the Scots, they only gave up a total of four goals. The fighting Scots offense was very fierce as they scored an amazing seven goals. At the end of the match, nine different players for Monmouth had a goal.

“I loved the fact that nine guys scored against Penn State,” said senior John Fitzgerald. “I think it is crucial to our success to multiple scoring threats in the pool at any given time. I think that game was a turning point for this team.”

Monmouth got to open their pool play against the nation’s No. 3 ranked team, Johns Hopkins. However they fell to Johns Hopkins 18-4. John Hopkins Blue Jays kept the Fighting Scots from scoring and were scoreless in the first period. Johns Hopkins would then take a 7-0 lead and beat the Fighting Scots.

“We knew that if we could stop them inside we could win the game, and we were doing just that, but then we just ran out of gas in the second half,” stated John Fitzgerald.

Next, the Scots faced off against tournament host, the Connecticut College Camels. The Camels got a 3-0 lead over the Scots in the first period, however Julius Bradsfield scored two last second goals to get the Scots only down one at the half to 5-4.

In the third period, the Camels came out swinging as they gained a commanding lead to get a 12- 8 win over the Fighting Scots.

The Fighting Scots will have another road trip the first weekend in November when they travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for the Southern Division Championships.

Cole Jackson
Contributing Writer

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