Navy Water Polo Closes California Trip With Two More Wins
Sept. 29, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md.. -- The 15th-ranked Navy water polo team closed out its California roadtrip with a pair of close wins over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands. The two wins move Navy's overall record to 16-1.
In the day's first game, the Midshipmen rallied to defeat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 14-13, behind a career-best performance by Paul Pedrotty. The Midshipmen led 4-2 after one quarter and 8-5 at halftime. CMS took a 12-11 lead after three quarters, but Navy would outscore CMS, 3-1, in the fourth quarter to claim the one-goal victory.
"Paul Pedrotty had a big game for us and scored three really big goals for us in the fourth quarter," said Navy head coach Mike Schofield. "We let our foot off the gas in the third quarter and were very fortunate to get a second chance and get the victory."
In the day's second game, the Midshipmen topped Redlands in an offensive slugfest. Navy led 6-5 after one quarter, 10-9 at halftime and 12-11 after three quarters. The Midshipmen outscored Redlands, 5-3, in the final quarter for a 17-14 decision.
Tyler Barker made five saves in goal.
"It wasn't pretty. We got their best game and they made us work for everything from start to finish," said Schofield. "We had a bunch of guys step up after Paul (Pedrotty) fouled out early in the third quarter. We had a whole committee step up to pick up for Paul's absence.
"We were not sharp defensively at all today. We were slow to get where we needed to get and were in bad positioning," added Schofield. "They capitalized on everything we made mistakes on. But we got two wins today and that is a positive we can take. We made the plays when we needed to."
Navy will be off next weekend, before taking on Johns Hopkins and George Washington on Oct. 10 on the road at both places.
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