PASADENA, Calif. - Saturday at Braun Pool saw a talented group of current Beavers entertain a collection of some of the most talented Beaver polo players ever, and the match did not disappoint.
Varsity started hot as sophomore center Jack Blackwood sandwiched a strike by Eagle Jones to give the varsity team an early 2-1 lead, but the one goal advantage was the largest lead the youngsters would ever attain, though they equaled the mark again at 8-7.
Alan Kuliwoak scored quickly to equalize at two to finish off a
flourish that saw the two teams combine for four goals in the space
of two minutes and 15 seconds. Both defenses would tighten up,
however, and it would be a full two minutes before the Alums
snagged their first lead of the game, as Brian Snugg's only goal of
the game found the net on the first of many 6 on 5 goals for the
visitors. This set off another round of back and forth scoring.
Junior vice-captain Adam Khan found
the net twice, while Dave Waylonis and Tom Oliver each scored to
send the teams into the quarter break with the Varsity trailing
Kuliwak scored early in the second frame to extend the Alumni lead to 6-4, but James Wu showed his senior leadership by following in the drop and smacking the back of the cage, and when Adam Khan and sophomore Tim MacDonald joined him in the scorebook, the Varsity had taken a 7-6 lead. The joy was short lived by the black clad Beavers, however, as All-American Eagle Jones found the net with a cheeky redirect that seemed to hang in the air for an hour before sneaking in, followed quickly by a strike by Jim Radford which restored the Alumni lead at 8-7. Both goals happened in the space of the last 32 seconds of the half.
Though Blackwood would find the net on an early man-up opportunity to knot the score again, the alums stifled the Beavers' center play with an effective drop and timely counters. The first three goals on either side of the final quarter break were scored by the Alums. Eagle Jones and Tom Jurzak joined sprinter Erin Flanagan--who was a perfect 4/4 on the quarter-opening rushes--in finding the cage in the third period, while Flanagan and Oliver scored early in the second before Peter Seidel slammed his way onto the score sheet with the Alums' 14th and final goal.
Despite finding themselves in a deep hole, the Varsity fought back, as Junior center Dan Sexton scored his first to go along with Khan's and Blackwood's fourth goals to slice the deficit in half, but it would be as close as they would come. The experienced Alums could protect the ball and run out the clock, extending their winning streak to six games in the annual contest with a final tally of 14-11. The spirited match saw four lead changes, seven ties, and fourteen different goal scorers.
The varsity team's next match is a home contest against the Camels of Connecticut College on Thursday October 7th at 5PM.