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Water Polo Concludes Gary Troyer Tournament With Split

Oct. 7, 2017

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Navy water polo team concluded play in the Gary Troyer Tournament, splitting a pair of games in Claremont, Calif. The Midshipmen (8-11) opened the day with a 16-12 victory over Chapman before falling in the finale to tournament host No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer, 12-6.

"Lots of positives from the weekend, particularly plebes output this morning versus Chapman," head coach Mladen Stanicic said. "We must continue to work on greater consistency, even though it's good that we are capable of five- to six-goal runs."

Offensively, the Midshipmen were led by plebe Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.) who finished the day with five goals. Nate Reiff (Wheeling, Ill.) and Andrew Shashin (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) followed with four goals apiece. Conor Sullivan (Greenfield, Mass.) also finished the day with multiple goals, netting a pair on the day.

Defensively, Francis Kim (Houston, Texas) earned a majority of minutes at goal. Kim finished the day with 18 saves, while allowing 12 goals in each game. Ronan Williams (Severna Park, Md.) was credited with a steal in scoreless relief duty.

Navy returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 21, as the Mids play a pair of road games against George Washington and Johns Hopkins. The Mids open the day in Washington, D.C. to take on the Colonials at noon before heading to Baltimore for a 6:00 p.m. game with the Blue Jays.

Game 1 Recap: Navy 16, Chapman 12
Navy opened the day with a 16-12 victory over Chapman for the Midshipmen's second win of the tournament.

Navy opened the scoring with three consecutive goals to start the first quarter. Tyler Zimmerman (McLean, Va.), Sullivan, and Kevin Volkov (Freehold, N.J.) fired in back-to-back-to-back goals in a one-minute span to take a 3-0 advantage with 4:28 remaining on the clock. Chapman responded with a pair of goals, but Shashin closed out the first quarter scoring with a goal to put the Mids in front 4-2.

In the second quarter, the Panthers netted a goal to pull to within one, but Alex Piecuch (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) answered with a quick strike of his own. Following a Chapman goal, Reiff put Navy back ahead by two, 6-4. The Panthers tied the game at 6-6 after a pair of goals, but Sullivan gave the Mids the lead with a goal with one minute remaining in the half. Chapman sent the game into overtime tied at seven on a goal with six ticks on the clock.

The third quarter saw Chapman edge Navy, 5-4 in goals to take a 12-11 lead into the final quarter of play. The Panthers opened the quarter with back-to-back goals before B. Lee scored his first goal of the game. Following a pair of Chapman goals, Shashin netted his second goal of the game to pull Navy to within two, 11-9. The Panthers scored with 55 seconds remaining in the quarter to go ahead 12-9. The Mids responded with back-to-back goals by Lee and Shashin to pull to within one as the period closed.

Trailing 12-11 entering the fourth quarter, the Midshipmen outscored the Panthers 5-0 to come away with the 16-12 victory. Reiff tied the game at 12 with his second goal of the game, and Nik Galvan (Henderson, Nev.) put Navy ahead -- a lead the Mids would not relinquish. B. Lee rifled in a pair of goals to give the plebe four in the game. Reiff finished off the scoring with a goal to give the sophomore a hat trick in the opening game.

Game 2 Recap: No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer 12, Navy 6
In the second game, a slow start for Navy proved costly as No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer built a 6-0 lead through the first 11 minutes of action and held on for a 12-6 victory.

The second game started off with the tournament hosts rattling off three straight goals to open the scoring. The Sage Hen defense held strong and thwarted any offensive attack by the Mids, holding Navy scoreless in the first quarter.

Pomona-Pitzer increased the lead to 6-0 before B. Lee ended the Sage Hens' run to start the game with his fifth goal of the day. Following a Sage Hen goal, Jared Castillo (League City, Texas) and Shashin found the back of the net on consecutive possessions to close the gap to 7-3 with under 90 seconds to play in the first half. Pomona-Pitzer extended its lead to 9-3 with a pair of goals in the final minute of play in the half.

The third quarter saw the Sage Hens score a goal to go ahead 10-3, but goals by Reiff and Ian Bagent (Norcross, Ga.) closed the gap to just five. William Lowdon (Hillsborough, Calif.) trimmed the margin to 10-6 with 3:38 to play in the quarter. Pomona-Pitzer increased its cushion to 11-6 with a goal with 90 seconds to play in the quarter.

In the final quarter of play, defense for both teams stepped up allowing just one goal for the two teams combined. Pomona-Pitzer provided the final margin with a goal with 5:39 remaining in the game. Neither team was able to score in the final half of the fourth quarter and the nationally-ranked Sage Hens earned the 12-6 win.



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