Water Polo Drops Pair of Close Road Games
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy water polo team (8-13, 1-7 MAWPC) battled hard, but came up just short in a pair of road games on Saturday. The Mids started the day, being edged 16-14 at George Washington (12-11, 5-3). In the second game of the day, the Midshipmen played even with Johns Hopkins (15-12, 1-6) in regulation, but surrendered the golden goal in triple overtime to fall to the Blue Jays, 11-10.
“The spectators got a good show today,” head coach Mladen Stanicic said. “Exiting games to the very end, full of runs by each team. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. We played had to the last second in both games.”
Offensively, the Midshipmen were led by Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Nate Reiff (Wheeling, Ill.) who finished the day with four goals apiece, while William Lowdon (Hillsborough, Calif.) contributed three goals on the day. Reiff tallied a hat trick against George Washington, while B. Lee netted a hat trick of his own against Johns Hopkins. Lowdon joined Reiff and Nik Galvan (Henderson, Nev.) with multiple goals against the Colonials. Eleven different players finished the day with at least one goal.
The Navy water polo team close the regular season with a pair of road games over the next two weekends. The Midshipmen travel to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday, Oct. 28 to take on Bucknell in a game slated for 5:00 p.m. The Mids conclude the regular season with a road game against Fordham on Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Bronx, N.Y. at noon.
Navy will host the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship at Lejeune Hall on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17-19. This is the second MAWPC Championship, and the winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Ticket prices are $25 for a tournament pass and $10 for a one-day pass. Children under 12 are free.
Game 1 Recap: George Washington 16, Navy 14
Navy opened the day in the nation’s capital taking on George Washington for the third time this season. The Mids were edged by the Colonials, 16-14, despite a tremendous effort.
GW went ahead 2-0 in the first minute of the game, but senior captain Matt Skowronski (Oak Hill, Va.) cut the deficit in half with a goal with 6:45 to play in the first quarter. The Colonials netted two goals to push the lead to 4-1 before Lowdon cut the margin in half with his first goal of the game. Jared Castillo (League City, Texas) found the back of the net to trim the margin to 4-3 with 3:05 to play in the quarter. Jacob Paiva (Roseville, Calif.) evened the score at 4-4 just 40 second later. George Washington regained the lead with a goal, but a strike by J.B. Lee (Newport Coast, Calif.) tied the game with five ticks left on the clock in the first period.
In the second quarter, B. Lee started things off with his first goal to give Navy its first lead of the day. GW knotted the game at 6-6, but back-to-back goals by Reiff and Ian Bagent (Norcross, Ga.) gave the visitors an 8-6 edge. Following a Colonial goal, Galvan sent the Midshipmen into halftime with a 9-7 lead.
George Washington opened the third quarter with a goal, but Navy responded with a goal by Reiff to regain a two-goal advantage. Lowdon gave the Mids a three-goal lead with his second goal of the game, and Andrew Shashin (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) extended the advantage to 12-8 with 3:49 to play in the quarter. GW used a 4-0 run to close out the final three minutes of the quarter to send the game into the fourth knotted at 12-12.
The Colonials continued their run, netting four straight goals in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to go ahead 16-12. Over the final three minutes of play, the Mids fought back using a goal by Galvan to stop the home team’s run. Reiff closed the margin to two, 16-14, with a goal with 1:40 to play. Navy was unable to generate any more goals, falling by two.
Game 2 Recap: Johns Hopkins 11, Navy 10 (3OT)
In the second game of the day, regulation was not enough as Navy and Johns Hopkins played two full overtimes before a golden goal by the Blue Jays in the third overtime gave the home team an 11-10 win in Baltimore.
The Midshipmen jumped out to a 1-0 lead as B. Lee scored his first goal of the game 32 seconds into the first quarter. Back-to-back goals by the Blue Jays put the home team in front by one, but Bagent answered with the equalizer with 2:43 to play in the period. Hopkins regained the lead, but Trevor Clark (San Marcos, Calif.) answered to send the game into the second quarter tied at 3-3.
In the second quarter, Johns Hopkins went ahead 5-3 before Castillo scored a goal to pull to within one. JHU sent the game into halftime ahead 6-4.
The third quarter saw Reiff net a goal to cut the deficit to 6-5, but a goal by the Blue Jays extended the lead back to two, 7-5. Taylor Bernhardt (Annapolis, Md.) answered with a goal and Conor Sullivan (Greenfield, Mass.) tied the game at 7-7.
Johns Hopkins scored a goal with 6:13 in regulation to regain the lead, but B. Lee found the back of the net to tie the game. With 4:18 to play, B. Lee gave the Mids their first lead since the score was 1-0 in the first quarter (7:28). Hopkins scored the equalizer with 1:51 to play in regulation and neither team could break the tie, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Blue Jays were the first to score, but Skowronski tied the game at 10-10, forcing another overtime period. With the game tied after two overtime periods, sudden death overtime began in the third overtime period. With 2:37 remaining in the third extra period, Johns Hopkins’ Finn Banks scored the golden goal to give the home team an 11-10 victory over Navy.