After suffering a tough loss to the Villanova Wildcats at home (12-8), Penn Polo rebounded with a four-win weekend at Villanova in the Wildcat Invitational. The Quakers got revenge on Villanova by beating the Wildcats 15-11 in a great game. On the second morning of the two-day tournament Penn Polo beat a tough Army team in overtime, 7-6. Penn Polo plays its next game tomorrow (Tuesday 10/9) against Lehigh at the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn remains unbeaten after beating Millersville by a score of 23-16. A two hour drive did not stop the Quakers from putting up a season high 23 goals. This game marked the beginning of a tough week ahead for Penn polo, as the team has F&M, Villanova, and a tournament in the span of 5 days.
This past Saturday the Quakers traveled to Greenwich, CT to compete in the Greenwich Fall Invite. Penn played three games and finished fifth overall. After a tough four goal loss to Greenwich A, Penn polo rebounded with two dominating wins over Greenwich C and Yale University. Penn crushed Yale by a score of 20-8 to wrap up the day in Connecticut.
On Thursday night Penn Polo won its third straight game to bring its season record to 3-0. Behind an impressive fan base the Quakers went up quickly and never looked back. Freshmen Brandon Chong scored a game-high four goals and sophomore Adam Garnick behind him with three goals on the night. The Quakers have a big weekend ahead in Greenwich, CT at a tune-up tournament before a busy stretch of league games.
Penn Polo pulled out a tough game at the University of Delaware on Monday night by a score of 10-8. The Quakers improve to 2-0 in league play. Freshmen Brandon Chong led the charge with three goals and one assist on the night. Chong scored the go ahead goal in the fourth quarter on a highlight-reel backhand shot from set. Neil Willis and Omer Birgen both had two goals on the night. The Quakers look forward to facing a tough Drexel team on Thursday night.
The Quakers dominated the St. Joe's Hawks 18-7 on Monday to start off the regular season. Senior Dan Fallahi led the team with four goals followed by freshman Brandon Chong with three. Penn didn't have too much trouble scoring as senior Travis Bailey, junior Nick Grover, freshman Brian Graziano, and seasoned veterans John Lustgarten and Omer Birgen all scored two goals. The game was a great chance for the Quakers to get tuned up for a tough University of Delaware team they will face on Monday September, 24th.
The Men's Club Water Polo team found much success in the 2011 season, as they went 7-1 during the regular season. The most memorable match of the regular season came in a sudden death OT win over the University of Delaware, which gave the team a boost going into MAC Championships. The Quakers went to the division championships looking to return to Collegiate Nationals. With wins over Pittsburgh and Drexel, Penn faced Villanova in their home pool to decide which team would take the trip to Nationals. The result was a crushing one-goal loss to the Wildcats to cap off an otherwise solid season.
Although division play would be over, the Quakers spend the last weekend in October at Harvard University playing in the prestigious Ivy Championships. Unfortunately, Penn took three one-goal losses to Yale, Dartmouth, and Cornell.
The 2011 season ended with the Quakers on the wrong side of a few close games, but with the addition of incredible talent young and old, Penn looks to with the MAC Championships and play in Oregon for the Collegiate Nationals.
The men's water polo team will start off their season facing the St. Joe's Hawks. The team is ready to startplaying competitively after three weeks of training. Last year the Quakers found success against St. Joe's by beating the Hawks 15-9 at home. On Monday the Quakers will play away at St. Joe's at 8 pm.
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