March 28, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Navy water polo team spent the weekend in Arizona competing in the highly-competitive Desert Dual against some of the nation's top club teams. The Midshipmen played six games, finishing with a 3-3 record at one of the most presitigious events in the country.
"This was a good experience for us and we will definitely learn from our mistakes over the weekend," said Navy head coach Mike Schofield. "We got a lot of game action and competed very well against some very good teams."
Navy won its first three games of the competition, defeating the San Diego Masters, 17-3, in its opening-round game. The Midshipmen were paced by five players with at least two goals as Jesse Walker, Thomas Patterson and Paul Pedrotty scored three goals each.
In its next game, Navy started slow, but then cruised past Team Texas, 18-7. Pat Seipp and Sean McDonald each scored four goals while Walker and Taylor Setness added three each.
Navy then rallied past Bay Area Masters, 13-12, in its third game of the competition. Pedrotty tallied five goals while Setness contributed a pair. Anthony Gutierrez had a big match in goal, stopping 10 shots while allowing just six goals.
The Midshipmen then dropped their first match of the tournament in a 15-12 decision to Northwood. Northwood opened up the game in the fourth quarter thanks to strong outside shooting and ill-timed turnovers by the Midshipmen. Pedrotty tallied seven goals while Scotty Snowden scored twice.
Navy dropped its second consecutive game in a 12-11 overtime setback to one of America's top club teams, the New York Athletic Club. Statistics from this game were not made available.
The Midshipmen lost their final game of the tournament, a 12-10 decision to Santa Barbara. Pedrotty, Tyler Thein and Snowden each scored twice.
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