Buxmont Busts La Salle, 14-8, to Notch Second Win in Boys’ 18U Bracket A at 2019 National State Challenge
AMBLER, Pa. – Goalie Caine Dusza posted 14 saves, including five in the first quarter, as Buxmont (Pa.) overcame an early 1-0 deficit to snag a 3-1 lead by the end of the opening frame on the way to a 14-8 win over La Salle (Pa.) in Bracket A of the Boys’ 18U competition on Day Two of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Buxmont – which improves to 2-0 in Bracket A on the heels of an earlier 12-8 dispatching of Tiger Water Polo (Pa.) to start the second day of the tournament – built upon the foundation of its early lead to push out to a 5-2 margin by halftime at Wissahickon High School.
The margin ballooned to 10-5 by the conclusion of the third quarter as Buxmont rattled the cage five times in the third quarter. The scoring chasm was too much for La Salle to overcome as the team pulled within four goals (10-6) in the opening moments of the fourth quarter, but could inch no closer thanks to Buxmont outscoring its foe 4-2 down the stretch for a six-score win.
Kristian Stanczewski led Buxmont with four goals to join Jack Cassidy (three) and Chris Scoboria (three) in netting hat-tricks. The quartet of Ben Gerhard, Zach Yardley, Ethan Hinz and Ryan Kenney each jabbed in single scores to contribute the remainder of their team’s scoring.
For La Salle, Liam McFadden (three), Ryan McLaughlin (two), August Blatney (two), and Drew Dachowski (one) notched goals to go along with 10 saves by Matthew Sherry.
Orlando Thunder White Earns First Win in Boys’ 18U Tournament by Edging Swim RVA, 9-6, at 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. – Orlando Thunder White (Fla.) constructed leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the first quarter and held on the rest of the way to tackle Swim RVA, 9-6, and pick up the program’s first win in Boys’ 18U competition on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Leading 6-2 at halftime, Orlando Thunder White needed to stave off a comeback bid by Swim RVA as the Virginians pulled within a goal at 7-6 by the conclusion of the third quarter.
However, a pair of goals by Jacob Nagy in the fourth quarter at the 6:42 and 4:48 marks proved to be the difference as Orlando Thunder White halted the rally to hang on for a three-score victory.
For Orlando, Nagy finished with five goals. Gavin Conaway, Jet Zhang, Ryan Fullerton and Mateo Herrera accounted for the remainder of the offense as the quartet each lined in shots for single scores. Cody Hrynyk claimed the win in cage with seven saves as Orlando Thunder White notched its first win at the tournament following losses to Maverick of Pennsylvania (22-5 L) and Team Chicago of Illinois (23-7 L) in Bracket B competition.
Ethan Miller (three), Brett Sill (two) and Noah Korver (one) combined for Swim RVA’ scoring in support of goalie Danilo Lemaic who made eight stops. The loss drops Swim RVA to 0-2 in the tournament as the squad previously fell against Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania (22-5 L) earlier in the day.
Cumberland Valley Turns Back Team Chicago, 19-12, in Improving to 2-0 in Boys’ 18U Bracket B at 2019 National State Challenge
AMBLER, Pa. – John Coomes scored five times to lead Cumberland Valley (Pa.) to a 19-12 win versus Team Chicago (Ill.) at Wissahickon High School in Boys’ 18U action on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Cumberland Valley – which improves to 2-0 in Bracket B following an earlier 22-5 defeat of Swim RVA (Va.) – overcame a 7-5 deficit with 4:41 left in the second quarter to pull ahead by a 9-8 count prior to halftime.
Following the break, CV outscored Team Chicago 4-2 and 6-2 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, to pull away for a seven-goal win.
Ben Orr (four) and Paul Gensbigler (three) also added hat-tricks for Cumberland Valley to go along with pairs of points from Josh Metz, Dan Ehresman and Chris Furlong. Dylan Aderholt stuffed in a single strike to complete the scoring in support of a seven save performance by goalie Tyler Distenfeld.
For Team Chicago, Matt Wagonblatt made seven saves in taking the loss. Michael Reiter punched in six goals, while the trio of Austin Russell (three), Dan Adamson (two) and Ruairi Murphy (one) proved his equal by combining for their team’s other six goals.
Orlando Thunder Blue Catches Tiger Water Polo, 22-5, in Moving to 3-0 in Boys’ 18U Action at 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. – Alec Johnson and Touma Mack both swished seven shots as Orlando Thunder Blue (Fla.) improved to 3-0 in Boys’ 18U competition at the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge by managing Tiger Water Polo (Pa.), 22-5, at North Penn High School.
Orlando Thunder Blue – which previously took down Cardinal (22-0 W) and La Salle (24-9 W) of Pennsylvania – continued its luck against programs from the the Keystone State by cracking the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive contest.
The victors used a strong offensive push in the first half to construct an insurmountable margin as Orlando Thunder Blue went ahead 7-2 by the end of the first quarter and carried a 14-3 lead into halftime.
Following a quiet third quarter in which a lone goal by Mack was the solo statistic of significant note, Orlando Thunder Blue closed out the contest with some offensive fireworks by rifling in seven goals and allowing a pair in the fourth quarter for the 22-5 final score.
Griffin Ewoldt and Danny Cruz both tacked on hat-tricks for Orlando Thunder Blue with Felipe Mora and Eli Schweitzer connecting on their team’s other two strikes. Goalie Ryan Hopegill stopped 12 shots to earn the win.
Asher Jones scored four of Tiger Water Polo’s five goals with Ben Phillips pushing across a single marker. Jacob Hollo (eight saves) and Matt Carper (two saves) split time in cage.
La Salle Grounds Cardinal, 19-1, to Notch First Boys’ 18U Victory at 2019 National State Challenge
AMBLER, Pa. — Ryan McLaughlin and Liam McFadden both scored five times as La Salle (Pa.) notched a 19-1 defeat of Cardinal (Pa.) to earn its first 18U Boys’ win at the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
La Salle – which improves to 1-1 following a 24-9 loss to Orlando Thunder Blue on Thursday, July 11 – built a 6-0 lead by the end of the first quarter in handing Cardinal its second loss after a prior 22-0 defeat by Orlando Thunder Blue in the tournament opener on July 11.
Leading 10-1 by halftime, La Salle locked up the victory by outscoring Cardinal 5-0 and 4-0 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Drew Dachowski (four), Jimmy O’Malley (two), Matthew Cohen (two) and Craig Wyke (one) completed La Salle’s scorers in support of a five save effort by netminder Matthew Sherry.
RJ Boyd accounted for Cardinal’s goal. Jacob Robinson made 11 saves.
Cumberland Valley Collects 22-5 Boys’ 18U Victory Over Swim RVA on Second Day of 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — John Coomes scored five times to lead nine Cumberland Valley (Pa.) scorers as the team defeated Swim RVA (Va.) by a 22-5 count in Boys’ 18U competition at North Penn High School on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Cumberland Valley controlled the pace of play throughout the contest as the team never trailed in the game. Leading 4-2 at the end of the first quarter, Cumberland Valley put the game out of reach courtesy a 7-0 scoring outburst in the second quarter to carry an 11-2 lead into halftime.
Ben Orr and Chris Furlong both added three goals for Cumberland Valley to go along with pairs by AJ Alderman, Josh Metz, Paul Gensbigler, Dan Ehreseman, Shravan Pratheesh. Liam McMillan chipped in a solo marker. Tyler Distenfeld (three saves, first half) and Tyson Souder (five saves, second half) kept Swim RVA at bay in the cage.
For Swim RVA, Ethan Miller and Kiley Sill both scored twice to go along with a single goal by Matthew Gibellato. Danilo Lemaic took the loss in goal with four stops.
Buxmont Bests Tiger Water Polo, 12-8, to Commence Day Two Boys’ 18U Competition at 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — Jack Cassidy scored six times to account for half of his team’s offense as Buxmont (Pa.) overpowered Tiger Water Polo (Pa.) by a 12-8 score in the Boys’ 18U opener on Day Two of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Competing at North Penn High School, Buxmont ticked off back-to-back-to-back-to-back goals by the 3:46 mark of the first quarter to stake itself to a 4-0 lead. Tiger Water Polo was never able to overcome the early surge of Buxmont as the team trailed 5-2 after the first quarter and 5-3 at halftime.
Leading 6-4 with 6:30 left in the third quarter, Buxmont padded its margin to 8-4 by the 5:26 mark.
The gap grew to five at 10-5 heading into the fourth quarter prior to Tiger Water Polo rallying back to move within 10-7 with 2:38 on the clock.
However, Buxmont outscored Tiger Water Polo 2-1 over the remainder of the contest to clinch a four-goal victory.
For Buxmont, Chris Scoboria and Ethan Hinz added three and two goals, respectively, with Ben Gerhard firing in a solo strike as the trio equaled Cassidy.
In cage, Caine Dusza made seven saves to pick up the win, while Jacob Hollo stopped 10 shots for Tiger Water Polo in taking the loss.
David Lomakin led the way on offense for Tiger Water Polo with three goals to accompany Ben Phillips (two), Ben Pizov (one), Chris Fisher (one) and Sean McClellan (one) who also found the back of the cage with shots.
Cumberland Valley Closes Out Day Two Girls’ 18U Competition at 2019 National State Challenge with 9-7 Win Versus North Penn
LANSDALE, Pa. — Aliza Smith scored four times as Cumberland Valley (Pa.) dealt North Penn (Pa.) a 9-7 loss in the final game of Girls’ 18U play on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Cumberland Valley – which improves to 2-0 in Bracket B action following an earlier 19-10 win over Wissahickon (Pa.) at the Wissahickon High School Pool – defeated another host as CV downed North Penn in North Penn High School’s aquatics facility.
Trailing 3-2 and 6-4 at the conclusion of the first and second quarters, respectively, Cumberland Valley rallied back in the third quarter to pull even at six-all heading into the fourth quarter.
Kamryn Barone pushed CV into the lead for the first time since a 2-1 advantage with four minutes left in the first quarter as she ticked off back-to-back tallies with 5:00 and 4:20 left in regulation to push Cumberland Valley ahead at 8-6. The teams traded goals from there as North Penn closed to within 8-7 with 4:02 on the clock via a scoring volley by Jane Montague, but Smith delivered a response at 2:55 to establish the 9-7 final score.
For Cumberland Valley, Barone and Lexi Forsyth both scored twice to go along with a single strike by Maddie Grove. In cage, Mikaela Wolf made three saves before Ava Smith came on to stop one shot.
Caroline Dunigan made eight saves for North Penn which falls to 1-1 in Bracket B action in the wake of an earlier 11-4 defeat of Orland Thunder (Fla.) on Friday, July 11.
Tiger Water Polo Outruns Rebel Polo, 10-4, to Acquire First Girls’ 18U Victory at 2019 National State Challenge
AMBLER, Pa. — Sarah Koehler scored eight times for all Tiger Water Polo (Pa.) needed in a 10-4 handling of Rebel Polo (Pa.) in Girls’ 18 competition at Wissahickon High School on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Trailing 1-0 in the early going before pulling ahead by a 2-1 count prior to the close of the first quarter, Tiger Water Polo saw Rebel Polo pull even twice in the second quarter as the teams were deadlocked at two-all with 6:31 on the clock prior to entering halftime squared at three-all.
The teams traded scoring shots in the opening moments of the third quarter with Tiger Water Polo (5:11) and Rebel Polo (4:37) finding the back of the cage to make it four-all. However, Tiger Water Polo went ahead to stay with two seconds left on the frame’s clock as Koehler connected on a strike to move her squad out in front at 5-4 going into the fourth quarter.
Koehler added insurance in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as she drilled in shots at 6:28, 5:00 and 2:44 to inflate the lead to 8-4. Emma Halle and Koehler capped off a 6-0 outburst by Tiger Water Polo – including a 5-0 advantage in the fourth quarter – as the duo deposited shots at 2:15 and 1:37, respectively, to close out the 10-4 victory.
For Tiger Water Polo, Halle and Anna Kegel each scored once to combine with Koehler for all their team’s offense in support of a 12 save performance by goalie Marissa Dorman.
Kate Kelcy keyed Rebel Polo with two goals. Frankie Ferlick and Hailey Freed both tacked on solo tallies, while goalie Lindsey McMackin took the loss with two saves.
The win raises Tiger Water Polo to 1-1 in Bracket A play following a 14-9 loss to Windy City (Ill.) earlier today. Rebel Polo falls to 0-2 in Bracket A after dropping an 11-9 contest on Thursday, July 11, to Wilson (Pa.).
Orlando Thunder Rumbles Past Pennridge, 21-5, to Claim Girls’ 18U Victory on Day Two of 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — Sofia Dahlmann put away eight scoring chances as Orlando Thunder (Fla.) boomed against Pennridge (Pa.), 21-5, to claim its first win in Girls’ 18U action at the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Squaring off at North Penn High School, Orlando Thunder – which improves to 1-1 at the tournament – pulled out to leads of 5-1, 7-3 and 15-3 by the close of the first, second and third quarters as the team never trailed in dispatching Pennridge (0-2).
Amanda Cinco tacked on four goals to go along with hat-tricks by Shelby Shorrells and Isabella Galbis. Hayleigh Speer chipped in a pair with Alexandria Wagner and Lexi Hutton both finding the back of the cage once.
In cage, Krystyna Jolley stopped seven shots to notch the victory.
On the other end of the tank, Megan Weiss (three), Adi Garges (one) and Sam Ackley (one) scored for Pennridge in support of a 12 save performance by netminder Hannah Keyser.
Cumberland Valley Eludes Wissahickon, 19-10, in Girls’ 18U Shootout on Day Two of 2019 National State Challenge
AMBLER, Pa. — Aliza Smith scored eight times and Kamryn Barone chipped in another six markers as Cumberland Valley (Pa.) held off host Wissahickon (Pa.), 19-10, in a Girls’ 18U clash on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Cumberland Valley never trailed in the game as the team jumped ahead 2-0, saw its margin evaporate to a two-all tie before the conclusion of the first quarter and pushed ahead 7-5 prior to halftime. Following the break, CV began putting the game out of reach by ripping off a 6-2 outburst in the third quarter before racking up a 6-3 scoring spree in the fourth quarter to claim the nine-goal win.
Camille Kent tacked on a pair to go along with single goals by Kinsey Cosmos, Maddie Grove and Mia Mattingly to complete Cumberland Valley’s scoring. Mikaela Wolf captured the win with four saves.
Becca Valentine and Maggie Krieger powered the Wissahickon attack with hat-tricks. Chloe Lovensheimer posted a pair of goals, while Madilyn Johnson and Jillian Garvey notched single scores.
Paige Benning took the loss with five saves in three quarters of work before Caitlin Valentine came on to make two saves in the fourth quarter.
Windy City Cages Tiger Water Polo, 14-9, in Moving to 2-0 in Girls’ 18U Action on Day Two of 2019 National State Challenge
AMBLER, Pa. — Kassy Rodriguez scored four times and Tatum Burek added a hat-trick in support of a nine-save performance by netminder Peyton Nufer as Windy City (Ill.) stopped Tiger Water Polo (Pa.), 14-9, in Girls’ 18U competition on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Battling at Wissahickon High School, Windy City trailed throughout the first half prior to rattling off a 4-1 scoring advantage in the final 5:08 of the second quarter to pull even at six-all by halftime.
The scoring surge continued into the third quarter as back-to-back strikes from Burek at 5:47 and 5:03 pushed Windy City into the lead at 8-6.
However, Tiger Water Polo fired back with tallies from Sarah Koehler (2:36) and Maddie Green (1:25) to balance the scoreboard at eight-all heading into the fourth quarter.
Windy City put the rest any doubts about the eventual victor in the dawning moments of the final frame as Alyssa Sayatovic (5:30), Rodriguez (4:29, 3:13) and Tegwyn Hollenbach (3:56, 2:33) went back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back in providing the Illinois natives with a 13-8 margin on the way to the 14-9 finale.
Xonhane Medina and Hollenbach punched in pairs for Windy City to go along with solo markers by Annie McCarthy, Trinity Sheean and Sayatovic as the team received scoring from seven athletes.
For Tiger Water Polo, Emma Halle led the way with four goals. Koehler dropped in a trio to go along with single strikes from Tess Gray and Maddie Green. Marissa Dorman took the loss with eight saves.
Windy City Doubles Cardinal, 8-4, to Start Day Two Girls’ 18U Competition at 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — Goalie Peyton Nufer stopped six shots, including four in the fourth quarter, as Windy City (Ill.) overcame Cardinal (Pa.), 8-4, in the opening game of Girls’ 18U play on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Competing at North Penn High School, Windy City raced out to an early 2-0 lead with 5:04 left in the opening frame to put Cardinal in a hole from which it was unable to climb for the remainder of the contest.
Trailing 3-1 and 5-1 at the conclusion of the first and second quarters, respectively, Cardinal was able to chip its deficit down to three twice at 6-3 and 7-4 prior to heading into the fourth quarter of action.
However, Nufer stymied any further comeback tries in the final minutes and Windy City padded the final margin to a four-goal spread at 8-4 in the waning moments.
For Windy City, the pair of Kassy Rodriguez and Alyssa Sayatovic both notched hat-tricks with three tallies, while Xonhane Medina and Tatum Burek tossed in solo markers.
Across the tank, Jasmine Thek kept Cardinal within striking distance via 19 saves. Emma McCarthy (two), Sidney Finkler (one) and Michaela Caldwell (one) accounted for the offense.
Princeton Claws Past Brooklyn Hustle, 12-7, to Claim Win in 14U Clash at 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — Julia Reznick stopped 11 shots as Princeton (N.J.) overcame a 6-4 deficit with 6:40 left in the third quarter to surpass Brooklyn Hustle (N.Y.) in the final 14U game on Day Two of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Princeton – which previously dropped games to Swim RVA of Virginia (15-7 L) and Maverick of Pennsylvania (19-11 L) – has one final game to play as the Garden State squad will take on North Penn of Pennsylvania at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, in the concluding game of 14U competition at the tournament.
Down 3-0 with 4:41 left in the first quarter, Princeton climbed back into the game to shave its deficit down to 3-2 prior to the conclsuion of the frame before knotting the score at three-all and four-all in the second quarter.
Brooklyn Hustle regained its previous scoreboard advantage before halftime as a strike by Noah Castillo staked the New Yorkers to a 5-4 lead at the break.
The margin grew to 6-4 at the 6:40 mark of the third quarter as Owen Randazzo bombed a ball into the cage.
However, Princeton’s Najib Ghandour went to work by stroking in shots at 6:18 and 4:58 to deadlock the teams at six-all.
The run continued as Oscar Jackson (4:09) and Nikita Ghandour (3:05) delivered the go-ahead scores for Princeton to push the squad out to an 8-6 lead.
Brooklyn Hustle cut its deficit down to one at 8-7 with 2:50 on the quarter clock, but Princeton closed out the game with another strike in the third quarter prior to rattling the iron with three insurance tallies in the fourth quarter to acquire the 12-7 victory.
Ben Gradus led the way for Brooklyn Hustle with a hat-trick to go along with Castillo’s single strike and pairs of goals by Aaron Gershkovich and Randazzo. Skye Gallagher took the loss with nine saves.
Nikita Ghandour led the Princeton attack with four goals.
Swim RVA Bucks Maverick, 20-9, to Finish 4-0 in 14U Competition at 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — Sev McNulty made 11 saves as Swim RVA (Va.) defeated Maverick (Pa.), 20-9, to wrap-up its participation at the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge with a 4-0 mark in 14U competition.
Swim RVA – which previously knocked off Brooklyn Hustle of New York (24-6 W) and Princeton of New Jersey (15-7 W) on Thursday, July 11, before eclipsing North Penn of Pennsylvania (28-8 W) earlier in the day on Friday, July 12 – puts a bow on its two-day run by finishing with an 87-30 scoring advantage.
Trailing 2-1 with 5:11 left in the first quarter, Swim RVA rallied back to pull ahead 3-2 and carry a 5-2 lead into the second quarter. From there the Virginia outscored Maverick 5-3, 5-1 and 5-3 over the final three quarters to pick up an 11-goal victory.
For Swim RVA, Mihailo Lemaic and Petar Stjepanovic led the way with eight and seven scores, respectively. Sam Lindsay, Koji Wood and Ben Berselli chipped in pairs to go along with a single goal by Augusta McNulty.
Ryan Brewington and Gavin Cooper keyed Maverick with three goals each in support of a 10 save effort by netminder Robin Lambregts.
Brooklyn Hustle Rolls Snake Eyes in Topping North Penn, 11-8, in 14U Competition on Day Two of 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — Goalie Skye Gallagher made 17 saves, including 11 in the second half, as Brooklyn Hustle (N.Y.) staved off a comeback try by North Penn (Pa.) to collect an 11-8 victory in 14U action on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Competing at North Penn High School, Brooklyn Hustle took control of the game in the early going by racking up a pair of markers in the opening minutes of play to gain a 2-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Ahead 4-0 by the 4:05 mark of the second quarter and possessing a 6-2 lead at halftime, Brooklyn Hustle pushed its advanage to 9-2 with 4:27 left in the third quarter prior to a pair of strikes by North Penn shaving the gap down to 9-4 heading into the fourth quarter.
North Penn managed to pull within four (9-5) at the 6:24 mark of the fourth quarter, but Brooklyn Hustle returned the spread to five at 4:28.
Back-to-back tallies by North Penn at 3:39 and 3:09 trimmed the lead down to three (10-7) for the first time since a 4-1 Brooklyn Hustle advantage with 3:41 remaining in the second quarter.
However, an insurance goal by Owen Randazzo at 2:11 combined with Gallagher’s presence between the pipes iced the victory for Brooklyn Hustle at 11-8.
For Brooklyn, Aaron Gershkovich led the way with five goals, while Ben Gradus tacked on a hat-trick with three tallies.
Maverick Manages Princeton, 19-11, in 14U Play on Day Two of 2019 National State Challenge
LANSDALE, Pa. — Ryan Barone and Gavin Cooper both scored four times as Maverick (Pa.) pulled away from Princeton to pick-up a 19-11 victory in the opening games of 14U competition at North Penn High School on the second day of the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
For Maverick, Ben Badle (three) and Quinn Heery (two) also contributed multi-goal games, while Ben McDade, Luke Putter, JJ Murphy, Theo Dubey and Isaiah Schuchman each chipped in solo strikes. Jaiden Schuchman picked up the win for Maverick with 12 saves.
Maverick trailed only once in the game as the team jumped out to leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before Princeton rallied back to acquire a 3-2 margin with 1:18 left in the first quarter. Maverick balanced the scoreboard at 1:08 and went ahead to stay at 4-3 with 25 seconds left in the opening frame prior to outscoring Princeton 5-1 in the second quarter to gain a 9-4 lead by halftime.
The gap grew to 14-8 prior to the end of the third quarter before Maverick racked up a 5-3 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter for the eight-goal margin of victory.
Konstantin Hrushkovsky led the way for Princeton with five goals, while Camille Trench (two), Oscar Jackson (two) and Gavin Swope (one) also found the back of the cage with shots.
Saahil Kumar took the loss for Princeton with eight saves.
Swim RVA Handles North Penn, 28-8, in 2019 National State Challenge 14U Day Two Opener
LANSDALE, Pa. — Ben Berselli scored nine times to lead eight Swim RVA (Va.) athletes in scoring as the team defeated North Penn (Pa.), 28-8, in the Day Two 14U opener at the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Competing at North Penn High School, Swim RVA dominated the contest by opening up a 5-0 lead prior to the conclusion of the first quarter. Ahead 11-3 by halftime, Swim RVA put any doubts about the outcome to rest in the second half by outscoring North Penn 7-4 and 10-1 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, to take the win.
For Swim RVA, Mihailo Lemaic, Petar Stjepanovic and Sam Lindsay both chipped in four tallies with Leila Maynard (three), Koji Wood (one) and Tyler Kannan (one) rounding out the victor’s scorers. Sev McNulty (eight saves) and Nathan Karluk (two saves) split time in cage.
Colin Harkrader and Chase DiMauro led the way for North Penn as the duo both deposited hat-tricks (three goals). Nathan Rawa and Brenna Mancini accounted for the rest of the home team’s scoring in support of a combined nine save effort by goalies Danny Dunigan (six saves) and Mancini (three saves).