Nov. 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Navy water polo team concluded its 2013 season with a third place finish at the CWPA Championship on Sunday. Taking on No. 20 Bucknell at the Moran Aquatics Center on the campus of Brown University, the 16th-ranked Mids lead wire-to-wire for a 10-7 victory.
Junior Jack Finch (San Mateo, Calif.) led Navy in scoring with a goal and three assists. The sophomore duo of Steven Emde (Ballwin, Mo.) and Carpenter Warren (Baltimore, Md.) led Mids in goal scoring with two markers a piece. On defense, goalie Garrett Sabesky (So., Lakeside, Calif.) was named the Player of the Game with nine saves and a leading role on a defense that allowed just two goals on nine Bucknell power-play opportunities.
For the second straight game the Mids opened with a 3-0 run to open play. Carl Dowzicky (So., Collegeville, Pa.) got the scoring going 63 seconds into the contest with a goal at 6:57. Emde and Thomas Patterson (Jr., Orange, Calif.) went back-to-back in quick succession with goals at 2:29 and 1:50, respectively.
A late Bucknell goal ended the first quarter with the score 3-1 in favor of Navy.
The Mids expanded their lead in the second quarter by outscoring the Bison 2-1. Goals by Robert Sutherland (So., Denton, Texas) and Finch sandwiched a Bucknell goal by Julian Colina at 2:37.
Coming out of the halftime intermission up 5-2, Navy held Bucknell at bay for the final 16 minutes with each team scoring two goals in the third quarter and three goals in the fourth. After the Bison netted the first two points in the third quarter, Warren and Lucas MacLellan (Yorba Linda, Calif.) responded for the Mids. The teams traded goals in the final period with Sean McDonald (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.), Emde and Warren registering scores.
The match would go final with a 10-7 result for Navy, who won for the tenth time in 11 games to close its season.
“We learned how to match up with Bucknell from the first half at the Southern Tournament,” said Navy interim head coach Mladen Stanicic. “Our defense was very effective versus their main weapons, the centers. We were also challenging their outside shot with good movement in passing lanes. Our offensive output was the result of that stingy defensive effort.”
After the Championship was final with St. Francis - Brooklyn earning the title and automatic bid to the NCAA Play-In game, the CWPA announced its All-Tournament Team. Dowzicky led a trio of Mids earning honors as he was named to the First Team. Sutherland and Warren rounded out the honorees with nods on the Second Team.
With Sunday’s final result, Navy’s 2013 season is concluded with a 19-15 overall record and the CWPA Southern Division Championship title.