Sept. 19, 2010
PLEASANT HILL, Calif. -
Taking on two conference rivals on Sunday, the 19th-ranked Air Force water polo team concluded action at the NorCal Open, being played at Diablo Valley College. The Falcons came up short in an 11-9 loss to No. 11 UC San Diego before dropping a 10-8 decision to Pomona-Pitzer in the 15th-place game. With the losses, the Falcons fall to 3-7 on the season and 3-4 in the Western Water Polo Association.
Air Force started the day against UC San Diego, facing the Tritons for the second time this season after opening the year with an 11-6 loss to UCSD. Today, the Tritons earned a 3-1 advantage after one period of play, while the Falcons won the second quarter battle to close the gap to just one goal at the intermission. However, UCSD outscored Air Force 6-5 in the second half to take the two-point victory.
Seniors Bobby Geiger (Buellton, Calif.) and Kurt Lemmen (Orlando, Fla.) were the Falcons’ top scorers against the Tritons, tallying three goals each, while sophomore Cruz Smithson (Capistrano Beach, Calif.) added two goals. Also scoring for Air Force in the game was sophomore Dillon Fisher (Orange, Calif.).
The Falcons closed out the tournament in the 15th-place contest against another WWPA foe, Pomona-Pitzer. Again, Air Force got out to a slow start as the Sagehens took a 4-3 lead at the end of the opening stanza. The next two periods were evenly matched, but a fourth-quarter edge for Pomona-Pitzer gave the Sagehens a 10-8 victory.
Geiger and Lemmen led the Falcons’ offense for the third-straight game, registering two goals each, while Smithson, Matt Versage (Sr., Merced, Calif.), Alex Arcidiacono (So., La Jolla, Calif.) and Garrett Womack (So., Redlands, Calif.) accounted for the other Air Force scores.
With his 12 goals on the weekend, including five today, Geiger moved into fourth place on the Academy’s career goal list with 170 goals, just ahead of 2007 All-American Clark Condict.
The Falcons conclude their West Coast trip tomorrow, when they visit15th-ranked conference foe UC Davis for a 12:00 p.m. (PT) contest.
No. 11 UC San Diego 11, No. 19 Air Force 9
Air Force 1 3 2 3 9
UCSD 3 2 3 3 11
AF Scoring: Geiger 3, Lemmen 3, Smithson 2, Fisher
UCSD Scoring: Donohoe 3, Madsen 2, Allred 2, Driscoll 2, Butler, Bednarek
Pomona-Pitzer 10, No. 19 Air Force 8
Pomona 4 2 2 2 10
Air Force 3 2 2 1 8
P-P Scoring: Hadley 3, Higgins 2, Cox, O’Connell, Moore, Balikian, Hudnall
AF Scoring: Geiger 2, Lemmen 2, Smithson, Versage, Arcidiacono, Womack