The University of La Verne men’s water polo team defeated Chapman, 12-1, Sunday last at Los Flores Park, bringing its season record to 4-2.
The Leopards have won both games played against Chapman (3-8) this season, outscoring them, 25-4.
“I felt really good about the game,” ULV assistant coach Fred Sicard said. “We used our counter attack and we’re working well together on defense.”
University of La Verne sophomore goalie Steven Straiger makes a save in the third period against Chapman. The Leopards decimated the Panthers for the second time this season, 12-1. ULV improved to 5-2 on the season and will play games in Hawaii today and tomorrow.
ULV came out strong against Chapman, scoring three goals in the first five minutes.
Two of the three were from top scorer Andrew McPartland who finished with five goals. Senior Jeff Hall scored the only goal for the Panthers during the first half.
Returning La Verne goalie Steven Straiger blocked countless shots that seemed destined to reach the net.
With a half-time score of 6-1 and ULV continuing to score, Chapman seemed to lose its will.
“We never got the rhythm,” Chapman senior Jameson Burmeister said. “They came out ready to play and we didn’t match their intensity. They out-swam us… they were clicking.”
Experience may be a factor, with five of ULV’s seven starters returning from the 2004 season.
The Leopards finished last season in fifth place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a record of 15-13.
“We had some good defense and a lot of contribution from a lot of people,” senior Jared Carvito said.
“We’re a young team and we want to succeed.”
Four-year starter and two-time captain Carvito, sophomore Seth Shelton and junior Darren Richards contributed two goals each.
After winning four of the six games this season, La Verne’s team is feeling confident and yet still aware of the competition ahead.
“Our conference is tough this year,” Sicard said. “There are a lot of programs with new coaches that have recruited very well.”
Sicard is looking forward to future matches, especially the upcoming games in Laie, Hawaii today and tomorrow.
Angie Gangi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.