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Water Polo Splits Day 1 of Gary Troyer Tournament

Oct. 6, 2017

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Navy water polo team split a pair of games on the opening day of the Gary Troyer Tournament in Claremont, Calif. The Midshipmen (7-10) opened the day against Air Force, being edged 10-7. In the second game, the Mids saw three players tally hat tricks en route to a 15-9 victory over La Verne.

"Today's games we're quite competitive," head coach Mladen Stanicic said of the tournament's first day. "In both games, we had periods of play where we went away from our style of play, but readjusted and went back to our basics. Against Air Force, we fell a little short in the end; whereas versus La Verne, we broke the game open. It is encouraging that we were able to mount that push in the second game of the day."

Nik Galvan (Henderson, Nev.), William Lowdon (Hillsborough, Calif.), and Nate Reiff (Wheeling, Ill.) each recorded hat tricks in the second game of the day to pace the offensive attack. Galvan and Lowdon each finished the day with a team-high four goals. Jack Robinson (Riverside, Conn.) Conor Sullivan (Greenfield, Mass.) each added a pair of goals on the day.

Goalies Francis Kim (Houston, Texas) and Ronan Williams (Severna Park, Md.) split time between the pipes for the Mids. The duo combined for 14 saves on the day with Kim making eight stops and Williams recording seven.

Game 1 Recap: Air Force 10, Navy 7
Navy opened play in the 2017 Gary Troyer Tournament with a game against Air Force. The Falcons were able to capitalize on some Midshipmen miscues and claim a 10-7 victory.

The Mids and Falcons were tied at the end of the first quarter. After a pair of goals by Air Force put Navy behind 2-0, the Midshipmen rallied back to knot the game at two apiece. Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.) put Navy on the scoreboard with a goal with two minutes remaining in the quarter. Less than a minute later, Galvan scored the equalizer to tie it at 2-2.

In the second quarter, Air Force one again used back-to-back goals to take a two-goal advantage. Lowdon trimmed the margin down to one with a goal at the midway point of the quarter. The Falcons used a pair of goals to push their advantage to 6-3 before a goal by Andrew Shashin (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) closed out the first half.

The third quarter saw Air Force increase its lead to 8-4 as Navy was unable to break the plane of the goal line for a score.

The Mids won the fourth quarter, but came up short in their comeback bid. Kevin Volkov (Freehold, N.J.) started the scoring in the fourth with his first goal of the afternoon. Air Force responded, but Navy used back-to-back goals by Sullivan to pull to within two at 9-7 with just under four minutes to play in the game. The offense was unable to generate score a goal and the Falcons added an insurance goal to provide the final score of 10-7.

Game 2 Recap: Navy 15, La Verne 9
In the second game of the day, Navy had four players notch multiple goals, including a trio with hat tricks as the Mids cruised to a 15-9 win over La Verne.

The game started with solid defense for both teams. Five and a half minutes into the first quarter, Robinson broke the scoreless deadlock with a goal with 2:38 on the clock. La Verne responded seconds later with the tying goal. The Leopards took their first lead of the game with 94 seconds to play in the opening quarter. Galvan and Jared Castillo (League City, Texas) gave the Mids the lead with a goal apiece in the final 75 seconds of the first quarter.

La Verne opened the second quarter with a quick goal to tie the game at 3-3, but Taylor Bernhardt (Annapolis, Md.) put the Midshipmen ahead with a goal one minute later. With five minutes on the clock, the Leopards tied the game at 4-4. Navy regained the lead thanks to a goal by Reiff with 3:16 to play in the first half. Galvan gave the Mids their largest lead with his second goal of the first half, extending the advantage to 6-4. With two minutes remaining in the half, Lowdon netted a goal to push the edge to three. The Midshipmen took the 7-4 advantage into halftime.

In the third quarter, La Verne rallied to close the gap. The Leopards began the period with back-to-back goals to trim the margin to 7-6. Lowdon answered with his second goal of the game to extend the advantage back to two. La Verne scored to pull to within one, 8-7, but Reiff scored an extra strength goal with 1:39 remaining to give Navy a two-goal cushion. The goal proved important as the Leopards scored with just under 30 seconds to go into the fourth and final quarter down 9-8.

Reiff scored his third goal of the game to give the Midshipmen double-digits. Galvan and Lowdon each tallied their third goals of the game to extend the Navy edge to 12-8 with 5:34 to play in regulation. The lead was extended to five as Tyler Zimmerman (McLean, Va.) netted his first goal of the game with 4:24 to play, forcing a La Verne timeout. Coming out of the break, the Leopards ended their scoring drought with a goal. The Mids responded as Gabe Gaspar (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Robinson scored back-to-back goals to go up 15-9 with two minutes to play. The defense held for the final two minutes to notch the 15-9 victory.



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