Water polo slams
|Posted Sept. 29, 2006|
The La Verne men’s water polo team is currently ranked No. 5 in Division III and this weekend it showed everyone why, with a convincing 13-6 win over the seventh ranked Chapman Panthers.
The Leopards took the early lead, 1-0, when they were awarded a 4-meter penalty shot.
After La Verne took a 2-0 lead, Chapman started to respond.
With a 4-meter penalty shot of its own, Chapman was able to come back and tie the game at two.
With both teams trying to figure out each other’s defense in the first half, neither could pull away.
As the first half ended, ULV was able to take the 7-6 lead.
In the second half La Verne came out firing.
The Leopards took a commanding 13-6 lead scoring six goals in the third quarter.
With neither team scoring in a very defensive fourth quarter, La Verne came away with the victory to improve their overall record to 5-4 on the year.
“I thought we played pretty good,” Head Coach Tim Hugar said. “The offense was good the whole game.”
Leading the offense for the Leopards were juniors Andrew McPartland and Seth Shelton.
McPartland had three goals and two assists as Shelton added two goals and three assists.
Goalkeeper Steve Stragier, coming off All-Tournament honors in Colorado, had 10 saves in the game while senior Ricardo Negron drew four ejections.
“We got off to a slow start but shut them out completely in the second half,” Shelton said.
“They’re a really good team,” Chapman driver Greg Gomez said. “I think they’re better conditioned than us and that was the difference.”
The conditioning of the Leopards will definitely help them as they play four games in two days during the Claremont Convergence Tournament starting Oct. 6
During the tournament the Leopards will face three Division I teams.
“It’s tough competition with a couple of top 20 Division I teams,” Hugar said.
La Verne will take on UC Santa Cruz in the second game of the tournament.
The Banana Slugs are coming off a huge victory over the Forty-Niners of Long Beach State, who are currently ranked No. 16 in the country.
“We feel we can compete with the Division I teams,” Shelton said. “All of our losses are against Division I teams, so it gives us a chance to avenge some of those losses.”
With everyone looking to knock off defending champion Redlands, the Leopards are satisfied with the way they are playing and looking forward to tough games ahead.
“We have more depth than last year,” Shelton said. “If we come together we can be unstoppable.”
After the Claremont tournament, the Leopards will have a game at 11:30 a.m at home against Harvard before they start conference play with Caltech on Oct. 14.
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