Water Polo Earns Pair of Victories on Day One of Navy Open
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy water polo team began the 2017 campaign on Saturday with a pair of victories at the Navy Open in Annapolis. The Midshipmen began the day against No. 18 George Washington, dropping a 15-11 decision. The Mids responded with wins over Cal Lutheran (W, 12-8) and Salem International (W, 16-9).
“It was a fair opening day,” head coach Mladen Stanicic said. “We were able to sustain a good effort for a four-game day, and come out with a positive tally. Some oscillations were evident, and we need to continue to work to minimize those, but overall there were more positives than negatives. The most encouraging fact is that were able to reach very deep into reserves and still maintain a good level of play.”
Jared Castillo (League City, Texas) led all scorers for the Midshipmen on the day. The senior tallied eight goals on the day. He was joined Trevor Clark (San Marcos, Calif.), J.B. Lee (Newport Coast, Calif.), Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.), Nate Reiff (Wheeling, Ill.), Kevin Volkov (Freehold, N.J.), Alex Piecuch (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Shepherd Warren (Baltimore, Md.), Conor Sullivan (Greenfield, Mass.), and Andrew Shashin (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) with multiple goals on the day. Clark tallied four goals, while J.B. Lee, B. Lee, Reiff, and Volkov each added three goals apiece.
At goal, all three keepers saw action on the day. Ronan Williams (Severna Park, Md.) tallied the most minutes, recording his first victory of the season. Francis Kim (Houston, Texas) and Brandon Shields (Lake Forest, Calif.) split time with Kim earning the W against Salem International.
Navy returns to action on Sunday as the Midshipmen conclude the Navy Open with four games. The Mids open up the second day of play with a match at 8:00 a.m. against La Salle in Scott Natatorium. Navy takes on Princeton at 9:30 a.m. in Lejeune Hall. The match against the Tigers will be streamed on the Patriot League Network. The Midshipmen conclude the tournament with a pair of games at 2:00 p.m. Navy will split its squad to take on Iona in Lejeune Hall and Gannon in Scott Natatorium.
Game 1 Recap: George Washington 15, Navy 11
The water polo team began the 2017 Navy Open, dropping a 15-11 decision to No. 18 George Washington. The match was back and forth with neither team leading by more than two for most of match.
Trailing 11-10 at the start of the quarter, the Mids appeared to have tied the game on a behind-the-back goal in front of the net by Taylor Bernhardt (Annapolis, Md.). The goal was waved off on a penalty. GW responded with a 4-0 run to increase its lead to 15-10 and were able to hold on for the four-point victory.
Navy was led by Castillo who finished the match with five goals, while six different Midshipmen added goals in the contest.
Game 2 Recap: Navy 12, Cal Lutheran 8
Navy evened its record at 1-1 with a 12-8 victory over Cal Lutheran. The Midshipmen offensive mounted a balanced attack as 11 players scored goals in the match. The team was led by Clark who notched a team-high two goals, while at goal, Williams notched his first win of the 2017 campaign.
Game 3 Recap: Navy 16, Salem International 9
In the final game of the day for Navy, the Midshipmen posted a 16-9 win against Salem International. The Mids used goals from 13 different players, including a pair of goals from B. Lee, Reiff, and Castillo to earn the victory. Kim, who missed a majority of the 2016 season with an injury, earned his first collegiate win.
The game was tied 4-4 before Navy began to break away. The Mids took a 5-4 advantage into halftime and proceeded to outscore the Tigers, 11-5, in the second half.
Exhibition Recap: George Washington 13, Navy 11
Navy and George Washington met in the pool for a second time on the day for an exhibition match. The Colonels edged the Midshipmen, 13-11. The game was tied 7-7 before GW used a 3-0 run to take the lead for good. The Mids battled back, but were unable to overcome the three-goal deficit, falling by just two.
Reiff led the way with four goals, netting a goal in each quarter. Piecuch also had a multi-goal performance, tallying a pair of goals in the game.