Water polo plays in first tournament
September 30, 2016
Michelle Ravel / The Courier
The Fighting Scots water polo men traveled to Salem International University in West Virginia last weekend for their first tournament of the season.
The Scots took on LaSalle University in a close match, but lost in overtime 10-11. Senior Matt Engebretsen was the team’s high point for the game, scoring four goals, and junior goalie Julius Bradsfield made a whopping 17 saves.
“[In the first game] I think we stopped working as a machine and went back to working as individual players,” said junior Riley Hess. “We got too comfortable with our lead going into the third quarter, and when you add over confidence and getting selfish, there’s no way you can win a game”.
The team took on Mercyhurst in their second match-up. Senior Raheem Brown scored a high seven goals, but it wasn’t quite enough to close the gap and the Scots lost to the Lakers 12-17.
On day 2, the Scots faced off against Gannon University to close out the tournament. Brown was again the highest scorer with nine points, with freshman Kurt Holzer contributing two goals and Engebretsen scoring one.
Despite a losing weekend, the men still took a lot of positives from the tournament.
“I think as a team we had really strong points, but also some things that weren’t so great,” said freshman Jared Hankinson. “We really do have a strong team with a lot of potential, but I think the fact that we have half a team of all new players puts us at a slight disadvantage just because we’re still learning to play together. Once we find our groove as a team, I think we can and will do some really exciting things”.
The Scots next match up will be Friday, September 30, where they will travel to McKendree University for an exhibition game before hosting Salem International University on Saturday, October 1.
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