Sept. 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 14-ranked Navy water polo posted two more impressive performances on day two of the Navy Labor Day Open to conclude the weekend with a 4-0 record.
The Mids defeated Notre Dame College (Ohio), 22-8, in the day's first game, before besting Cerritos College (Calif.), 22-9, in the nightcap.
"I thought it was a productive weekend. We got the whole roster in three of the four games, and all of them played hard and were willing to do everything they could to help team be successful," said head coach Mike Schofield. "The Seniors played well and had great leadership in and out of the pool and everyone else followed suit."
In the day`s first win over Notre Dame College (Ohio), freshman Will Weggeland paced the team with four points on three goals and one assist. Cort Jones and Thomas Patterson and freshmen Stephen Emde, Lucas MacLellan and Robert Sutherland each added two goals. The Midshipmen had 16 assists on 22 goals scored. Eugene Chang and Caleb Lintz each stopped four shots in goal.
In the second game, a 22-9 victory over Cerritos College (Calif.), Sean McDonald led the Midshipmen with five goals and Paul Pedrotty added four tallies. Erich Schwamb chipped in with three goals.
Schofield was impressed with the depth his team showed over the weekend.
"We had a good pecking order established coming in and trust in a lot of the guys because of the work we put in. We took some more positive steps forward this weekend," added Schofield. "We don't have any superstars, but have a lot of depth. This team works hard and works well together and all want to be part of the success and contribute."
Schofield also was able to check out many of the league schools this weekend as Bucknell, George Washington and Johns Hopkins all participated in the weekend's action.
"Our league is as strong now as I can remember it in the last 20 years. George Washington is immensely better. Johns Hopkins, Bucknell and Princeton have everyone back," added Schofield. "There is going to be a really good team from our division not going to Easterns this year."
Navy will be idle next weekend before hosting the Navy Invitational on Sept. 14-16.
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