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Water Polo finishes 10th on East Coast

November 13, 2015

Photo courtesy of Dan Nolan

The men’s Water Polo team traveled to the east cost this past weekend to participate in the South Division Championships hosted by Bucknell University. The Scots faced a trio of teams from the upper levels of the NCAA, but were left disappointed as they dropped their three matches.

The Scots were given their highest seed in program history when they were seeded into the tournament in the ninth slot. Monmouth College took on the George Washington University as their first opponent on Saturday.

The Colonials took the early lead on the Scots by putting up three unanswered scores to begin the first quarter. Junior Matt Engebretson and freshman Jake Hall put up a pair of scores to help cut the Colonial lead to 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

The Colonials put up a trio of scores in the second quarter to help pad their lead before junior Raheem Brown put up a pair of scores to bring the score to 7-4 at intermission. Despite a strong showing by the Scots defense in the first half, the Colonial offense erupted to outscore the Scots 10-2 in the second half. Monmouth would lose their match to George Washington University 17-6.

Monmouth College then faced the fifth ranked team in the nation when they took the waters to face the U.S. Naval Academy. Navy put up four unanswered points on the board to begin the match before Brown answered their high powered offense with four scores of his own.

The Scots began the second quarter trailing 7-4 and went into half with the score at 7-5 with another second quarter score by Brown late in the second quarter. The Scots began to close the gap in the second half, but fell short as the Midshipmen pulled away 17-11.

Monmouth took the pool on Sunday against a familiar team in Salem International in the ninth place match. The Scots followed their trend of starting slow by allowing the Tigers to break open a 5-0 lead to begin the match. Sophomore Julius Bradsfield scored the first of his team-high four goals to help cut the deficit.

The Scots trailed by five goals as the first half reached the two minute mark, but a pair of Scots goals by sophomore Riley Hess and Junior Ian Slaveson helped bring the score to 9-6 going into the second half. Senior John Fitzgerald scored with only 90 seconds expired in the second half to cut the deficit anymore, but the Scots offense went cold. The Tigers took their second win over the Scots on the season with a score of 19-11.

Monmouth College finished 10th in the tournament after they failed to tally a win against their slew of upper level opponents. This marked the first weekend in in the straight weeks in which the Scots were unable to came away with a victory as their 2015 season comes to a close..

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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