2014 National State Challenge (Day Four - Monday, July 21)
ORLANDO THUNDER DOWNS PITTSBURGH TIGERS, 9-3, IN GIRLS 18U BRACKET ON DAY FOUR AT 2014 NATIONAL STATE CHALLENGE
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Mikaela Garrott scored four times to lead Orlando Thunder to a 9-3 victory over Pittsburgh Tigers in 18U Girls' action on the final day of the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
The win guarantees Orlando Thunder can finish no lower than 10th in the final 11-team standings as Pittsburgh forfeited against Windy City. Windy City and Orlando will meet at Noon later today to determine which squad places Ninth in the standings.
Down 1-0 with 1:58 left in the first quarter following a tally by the Tigers, Orlando pulled even prior to the conclusion of the period thanks to a man-up strike by Alex Kata with 53 ticks left on the clock.
A man-up score by Allison DeCicco (3:37) and back-to-back natural goals from Garrott (3:07, 1:08) put Orlando in front to stay as the Thunder carried a 4-1 lead into halftime.
Neither team was able to put another shot away until the 4:17 mark of the third quarter as Garrott whipped in her third marker of the afternoon to complete a hat-trick and put the Thunder in front 5-1.
Orlando built the lead to 6-1 less than two minutes later as Kata connected at 2:30 for her second score of the morning.
The Thunder continued to build the lead in the beginning moments of the fourth quarter as Garrott (6:32) and Sophie Hyler (5:59) lined in shots to make it 8-1 on the way to the eventual 9-3 final score.
Philly Select's Jack Forde looks to shoot over Navy AC's Patrick Hooverson
NAVY AC TORPEDOES PHILLY SELECT, 23-9, IN PREVIEW OF BOYS' 15U BRACKET TITLE TILT ON DAY FOUR AT 2014 NATIONAL STATE CHALLENGE
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Navy AC and Philly Select entered their 15U Boys' game with the knowledge that the two squads would meet again later today at 1:00 p.m. for the age group championship.
However, the relatively low impact of the game did little to mute Navy AC's offensive potency as the squad hammered home 23 goals in a 23-9 victory over Philly Select at the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
For Navy, John St. Pierre led all scorers with seven markers as he posted goal totals of three, two, one and three over the first-to-fourth quarters to nearly equal Philly Select's scoring.
Jacob Whitaker (five), John Bernhardt (four), Tristan Fujimura (two), Derek Friday (two) and Tiernan Brunner (one) all joined St. Pierre in the scoring column for Navy as the team outscored Philly Select 6-3 and 6-2 in the first two quarters to grab a 12-5 lead by halftime.
For Philly Select, Sam DelRio notched four goals with Evan Garber and Tim Demarinis both flipping in pairs. Jack Forde accounted for Select's other tally.
Michaela Hershey (No. 5) of Rebel Polo defends Tayler Throne
CUMBERLAND VALLEY SLIPS PAST REBEL POLO, 9-8, FOR SEVENTH PLACE IN GIRLS 18U BRACKET ON DAY FOUR AT 2014 NATIONAL STATE CHALLENGE
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Tied 6-6 at the conclusion of the third quarter, Cumberland used a 3-2 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to find a way to edge past Rebel Polo by a 9-8 score in the 18U Girls' Seventh Place game on the final day of the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
Cumberland Valley went in front to stay with 5:31 left in the final frame as Emily Wickenheiser broke free for a scoring shot to make it 7-6. Mackenzie McFadden padded the margin to 8-6 at 4:53 before Wickenheiser posted the game-winner with 4:24 left to make it 9-6.
Rebel Polo attempted to climb back into the game as Sarah Hershey broke loose for consecutive scores at 3:23 and 2:02 for the 9-8 final score.
For Cumberland Valley, Wickenheiser led the way with four goals, while McFadden and Tayler Throne contributed three and two goals, respectively.
Hershey led the way for Rebel with seven goals with a single tally coming from Mikaela Hershey.
Maverick's Matthew LaRocca launches a backhand
MAVERICK GARNERS 14-8 VICTORY OVER KINGFISH IN BOYS 15U COMPETITION ON FINAL DAY OF NATIONAL STATE CHALLENGE
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- John Nelligan beat the Kingfish defense for six goals as Maverick picked up a 14-8 win in Boys' 15U play on the final day of the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
Trailing 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, Maverick went rogue in ripping off five goals in the second quarter to grab a 7-4 lead by halftime on the way to a six-goal victory.
Matt Carlino joined Nelligan in posting a hat-trick as Maverick improved to 2-3 at the tournament and dropped Kingfish to 1-4.
Chicago Parks discusses a play
GREENWICH AQUATICS PURPLE DOUBLES-UP CHICAGO PARKS, 12-6, IN GIRLS 18U FIFTH PLACE GAME
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa . -- Larissa Hodzic notched six goals and goalie Scarlett Horton posted five saves as Greenwich Aquatics Purple picked up a 12-6 victory over Chicago Parks in the Fifth Place game in Girls 18U competition at the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
Greenwich Purple never trailed in the game by opening up 1-0 and 3-1 leads in the first quarter to put Chicago Parks in check for most of the 28 minute contest. Leading 7-3 at halftime, Greenwich Purple outscored Chicago Parks 5-3 in the second half to claim the six-goal victory.
Borden Wahl added four goals and while Sophia Guo scored twice to account for the rest of Greenwich's scoring.
For Chicago, the quartet of Claire Voss, Nydia Garza, Julie Olivares and Diana Fernandez each put in one shot.
GREENWICH AQUATICS STYMIES ORLAND THUNDER, 17-6, IN COED 15U COMPETITION
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa . -- Greenwich Aquatics raced out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back as the team outscored Orlando Thunder 7-3 in the first half and 10-3 in the second half to pick up a 17-6 victory in the concluding game of Coed 15U competition at the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
Leading 4-2 at the end of a quarter, Greenwich expanded the lead to four goals (7-3) by the halftime and blew the game open with a 5-2 scoring advantage in the third quarter to make it 12-5 after 21 minutes of action.
Orlando was unable to cut the lead inside 10 goals the rest of the way as Greenwich ticked off four consecutive scores to open the final frame to 16-5. The Thunder answered with a solo marker with 3:19 on the clock, but Greenwich countered with 1:58 to go for the 17-6 final score.
Kingfish's Kathryn Longnecker
KINGFISH FIGHTS LAW, LAW WINS 15-2 IN GIRLS 18U THIRD PLACE GAME
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa . -- Goalie Hale Jordan made 15 saves and Hannah Schultz scored four times as Lincoln Way Area (LAW) handled Kingfish by a 15-2 final score in the Third Place game of Girls' 18U competition at the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
LAW jumped on the scoreboard first and never looked back in pulling away for leads of 3-1 and 7-1 at the conclusion of the first and second quarters. The victors iced the win in the third quarter with seven more scores to grab a 14-2 lead over Kingfish and sail to a 13-goal win.
Devika Joshi and Cassidy DeGraff joined Schultz in netting hat-tricks, Sarah Dolitsky and Jillian Schultz added two goals and Megan Hofer accounted for LAW's other score.
On the other end of the tank, Sonja Kiefer stopped nine shots to key the Kingfish defense. In the field, Sarah Lamani and Emily Argentati posted goals.
Navy AC's Derek Friday
NAVY AC CLAIMS BOYS' 15U TITLE WITH 17-6 HANDLING OF PHILLY SELECT
FOR WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Jacob Whitaker and John Bernhardt both scored four goals as Navy AC topped Philly Select, 17-6, for the Boys' 15U title at the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
It marked the second time in three hours Navy AC downed Philly Select as the two teams met in bracket play with Navy coming out a 23-9 victor.
In their second clash, Philly Select kept the game close in the early going, but Navy turned a 3-2 first quarter lead into a 9-4 advantage on the scoreboard by halftime. The margin continued to expand in the third and fourth quarters as Navy held 4-1 scoring advantages in both periods to finish off the 11-goal win.
John St. Pierre was one of two Navy players to contribute a hat-trick, while Derek Friday, Tate Hile and Brennan Donnely chipped in single goals.
Six different players scored for Philly Select as Mark Ercolani, Logan Wolfington, Evan Garber, Brian Bartle, Tim DeMarinis and Sam DelRio each posed single goals.
NAVY AC HOLDS ON TO DEFEAT GREENWICH AQUATICS PINK, 6-5, TO TAKE 2014 NATIONAL STATE CHALLENGE GIRLS' 18U TITLE
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Navy AC built a 2-1 lead in the first quarter and kept pace with Greenwich Aquatics Pink the rest of the way to pick up a 6-5 win and claim the Girls 18U Championship at the 2014 National State Challenge hosted by American Water Polo at the Upper Dublin Aquatic Complex.
By winning the title, Navy AC claims the title of National State Challenge champion and a check for $1,000, among the largest cash prizes in amateur water polo.
Navy never trailed in the game as Claire Barmann and Aidan Dick tossed in balls with 5:48 and 4:33 left in the first quarter to stake their team to a 2-0 lead. Greenwich Pink cut the lead in half with 1:09 on the clock as Kate Murray zipped a shot past Navy goalie Nicole Cutler to make it 2-1 after a quarter of action.
Gina Grauer pulled Greenwich Pink even with Navy AC 46 seconds into the second quarter with a blast at the 6:14 mark, but a natural goal from Dick (5:58) and a man-up strike from Sinead Foley (5:17) put Navy back in front to stay at 4-2.
Murray responded with a man-up marker at 2:53 to once again move Greenwich Pink to within a goal at 4-3, but the squad could pull no closer during the remainder of the first half as Barmann (2:34) and Elizabeth Judge (2:24) exchanged goals for Navy and Greenwich, respectively, to make it a 5-4 game at the break.
Following a scoreless third quarter in which neither side could solve their foe's opposition, Barmann completed a hat-trick, locked up Player of the Game honors and registered the eventual championship winning goal by cracking a shot into the cage with 4:51 remaining to make it 6-4 in favor of Navy AC.
Greenwich Pink attempted to rally back as Ella Jomo snapped a scoreless drought by her team that lasted for 15 minutes and two seconds going back to the 2:24 mark of the second quarter to make it a 6-5 game.
However, Navy's defense stiffened and held Greenwich at bay the rest of the way to escape with a one-goal win and return home to Annapolis $1,000 richer.
For Navy AC, Barmann led the way with a hat-trick, while Dick dumped in a pair of shot and Foley found the rear of the cage once.
Murray scored twice for Greenwich Pink, with the remainder of the team's scoring coming via single goals by Judge, Jomo and Grauer.