Courtesy: Navy Athletics
SPRINGFIELD, Va. – The #10 Navy water polo group (1-0) used a five-goal third quarter and robust protection to publish an 8-2 victory over George Washington (0-1) on Friday night on the St. James Sport Complicated in Springfield, Va.
“I’m so excited for the fellows,” head coach Luis Nicolao stated after the sport. “They’ve been ready a very long time to get within the pool and face somebody aside from ourselves. They got here out tonight motivated and put collectively a powerful efficiency in opposition to a very good GW group. Max and the remainder of the protection performed nicely and nearly obtained a shutout. We got here out a little bit gradual on offense, however discovered our groove within the third quarter and had been capable of break the sport broad open. Hopefully, we are able to take this momentum into the remainder of the weekend as we face George Washington once more this weekend at dwelling.”
Max Sandberg (Newport Seaside, Calif.) earned the beginning at aim for the Midshipmen and posted a powerful efficiency. The junior recorded 13 saves, whereas surrendering only one aim. Freshman Caden Capobianco (Laguna Seaside, Calif.) entered the sport within the fourth quarter. In his first profession motion, the rookie recorded a pair of stops. The 2 objectives allowed was the fewest given up by a Navy protection because the Mids posted a 22-1 victory over La Salle on Sept. 4, 2016.
Offensively, the Midshipmen tallied eight objectives, together with 5 objectives within the third quarter. Senior captain Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.), sophomore Payton Comstock (Clarendon Hills, In poor health.), and freshman Hayden Kahn (San Clemente, Calif.) every scored a pair of objectives on the night time. Cole Jacobs (Naperville, In poor health.) and Connor Simpson (San Rafael, Calif.) added a aim apiece. Jake Altmayer (Pasadena, Calif.) and Jack Weggeland (Riverside, Calif.) paced the group with two assists apiece, whereas Comstock, Ivan Pang (El Monte, Calif.), Peter Hillen (Orinda, Calif.), and Andrew Shashin (Buffalo Grove, In poor health.) added a helper every.
With simply two and a half minutes till halftime, Jacobs broke the scoring drought to place Navy up 1-0, a lead the Mids would take into intermission.
The Midshipmen erupted for 5 objectives within the third quarter to take management of the sport. Lee posted back-to-back objectives to push the benefit to 3-0. Kahn registered his first collegiate aim to increase the benefit to 4. Simpson collected his first rating of the season off of a redirect, and Comstock closed out the scoring within the body to ship the sport into the ultimate quarter with Navy up 6-0.
Comstock netted his second aim of the sport to place the Mids forward 7-Zero early within the fourh quarter. George Washington prevented the shutout with a aim with 5:25 remaining within the sport. Following a goalie change, the house group added a second aim to trim the margin to 7-2 with three minutes to play. Kahn offered the ultimate margin of victory, 8-2, along with his second aim of his first collegiate sport.
Navy returns to the pool for its dwelling opener in opposition to George Washington on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Scott Natatorium. The Mids and Colonials shut out the opening weekend of the season on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. sport.