Water Polo Falls in Regular Season Finale
BRONX, N.Y. – The Navy water polo team (8-15, 1-9 MAWPC) dropped a 12-8 decision on Saturday afternoon to Fordham (15-8, 5-2 MAWPC) at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center in the Bronx, N.Y.
“In many ways, this game was similar to last weekend’s,” head coach Mladen Stanicic said. “The team played hard, created opportunities, but were unable to convert.”
Navy was led offensively by senior captain Matt Skowronski (Oak Hill, Va.) and plebe Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.) who each finished the game with two goals apiece. Taylor Bernhardt (Annapolis, Md.), Nik Galvan (Henderson, Nev.), Crawford Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), and Conor Sullivan (Greenfield, Mass.) each added goals on the day. Bernhardt and Jack Robinson (Riverside, Conn.) led the team with two assists apiece.
Navy was the first team to score, jumping out to a 2-0 lead thanks to back-to-back goals by Skowronski in the first quarter. Fordham responded to close out the opening quarter with a pair of goals to tie the game at 2-2.
The Rams took the lead with a pair of goals to start the second quarter, but goals by B. Lee and Sullivan around a Fordham goal saw the Midshipmen down 5-4 half way through the second period. The home team used a pair of goals to take a 7-4 advantage into halftime.
In the third quarter, Fordham extended its lead to 9-4 before a B. Lee goal ended the 4-0 run by the Rams. However, Fordham used a late goal in the third to take a 10-5 advantage into the final quarter of play.
Navy won the final quarter 3-2, but were unable to get any closer, falling on the road to Fordham. After a Ram goal, Smith scored his goal to make the score 11-6. Fordham scored to go up by six before goals by Bernhardt and Galvan closed the gap to four, 12-8. The Mids would get no closer, dropping the four-goal decision.
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.