Oct 06 2018

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McDonogh games & mid-season summaries

From: Greg McDivitt
Date: Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 11:58 AM

Congratulations to the JV Water Polo team who began the second half of the regular season by beating McDonogh 13 – 3. The Gaels came out of the gate strong, applying pressure with an effective team defense that shut out the Eagles 8 – 0 in the first half. Goals were scored by Wesley Reising, Brayden Herr, Edward DeMaria, Patrick Bauer and Alexander Chairs. Patrick Bauer led the team with three assists.

Congratulations as well to the Varsity Water Polo team for their effort against McDonogh yesterday. The Gaels got down early and had to play catch up, and five times battled back to even the score early in the third quarter, but when McDonogh was then able to score five unanswered goals in the third, the margin was too big to overcome and MSJ fell, 9 – 13. Goals were scored by Hunter Smith, Jack Gregory and Neil Gulmert, and Neil, Hunter, Aidan Dunworth, Lorenzo Gurri and Ryan Morgan each recorded assists. Jack Gregory led the defense with four steals.

Apologies to those water polo veterans who may have become accustomed to more frequent game summaries in past years – I had the best intentions early season to continue the practice this year, but interruptions as I sat at the computer early in the season occurred and then I just got out of the habit. So I am re-committed to reporting on games the rest of the season! See below for a quick summary of the seasons so far:

The Varsity Water Polo team began its season playing three games in the annual “Philmore” (Philadelphia teams in the Inter-Ac conference vs. Baltimore teams in the MIAA) Cup over Labor Day weekend by defeating Penn Charter. The team started strong and earned a 6 – 1 lead by halftime, and then maintained that advantage for a 12 – 7 win. Competition was tougher on day 2 of the tournament when MSJ faced Episcopal Academy and Haverford, and though the Gaels fought hard and were in each of the games to the end, MSJ could never earn and maintain a lead, and ended up losing 6 – 10 and 11 – 15, respectively.

The following weekend the Varsity team pursued a grueling schedule of five games in two days at the Battle of the Beltways competition at the US Naval Academy. Neil Gulmert stepped up to do a great job as goalie in these games (36 saves, 3 assists and 1 steal), subbing in for the injured Christian McCormick, who was present supporting his team all weekend (Gage Bangert also played one quarter in goal). The Gaels stumbled out of the gate significantly out-shooting but not out-scoring the Navy Water Polo Club, 3 – 5. In the next game, MSJ took care of business against St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) 10 – 3, and then similarly dispatched Walt Whitman 10 – 3. In what was arguably their best game of the young season, MSJ played Greenwich (CT) to a 4 – 8 loss, and for most of the game their solid defense kept the score within one or two goals, frustrating the opposing players from one of the premier programs on the east coast. By the time the Gaels got to their fifth game, the team lost some of their mojo and unfortunately lost to Gonzaga 4 – 11. In the tournament, goals were scored by Hunter Smith, Lorenzo Gurri, Jack Gregory, Ryan Morgan, Gage Bangert and Matt Emelio. Aidan Dunworth and Jeremy Luers joined these players in recording assists.

In MIAA competition, the Varsity team reached the halfway point of the season in 4th place, battling hard against McDonogh, Loyola and Gilman to 10 – 12, 11 – 15 and 7 – 14 losses, respectively, handling Spalding 17 – 11, and also beating Calvert Hall in a-little-too-close-for-comfort 11 – 10 win in a game that the Gaels led 11 – 7 midway through the 4th quarter. Ebbs and flows and ups and downs have marked the season thus far, and the Gaels have shown that they have what it takes to play with any competition and are still in pursuit of The Complete Game. Four more MIAA regular season games, the MIAA playoffs and the post-season Easterns tournament still lie ahead.

The JV water polo team has fielded a strong mix of sophomore returners, experienced freshmen and novice players and reached the midpoint of the MIAA season undefeated in sole possession of first place. The Gaels defeated McDonogh and Calvert Hall soundly, 16 – 6 and 17 – 5, and then faced a strong test against perennial JV powerhouse Loyola and emerged victorious with a 5 – 3 win at their pool. The team then handled a group of novice players on the newly formed Spalding JV squad, earning an 11 – 0 advantage before securing an 18 – 6 win, and then beat Gilman 12 – 7 in what was the closest matchup next to Loyola; the Gaels and the Greyhounds traded goals for most of the game, but MSJ’s 5 – 1 scoring advantage in the second quarter proved to be the difference. On the season, leading scorers have included Alexander Chairs, Wesley Reising, Patrick Bauer, Brayden Herr and Edward DeMaria; Patrick Scott, Joe Pennsy, Zane Miklasz and Peter Monaco have also scored goals. Cole Hite, Matt Lessler and Reagan Sullivan have joined the aforementioned players in earning assists. Cole has also stepped up and contributed to a strong defense by moving from the field into goal for this year’s squad, recording 33 saves at the midpoint of the season.

Both squads battle Calvert Hall at their pool on Tuesday, October 9th. Go Gaels!

Greg McDivitt

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