Nov. 5, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
In its first of five games this weekend, the Air Force water polo team dropped a 12-9 road contest to 16th-ranked Cal Baptist Friday afternoon at Lancer Aquatic Center. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 9-14 overall on the season, while the Lancers improve to 29-5.
Air Force registered the first goal of the game with a score from senior captain Bobby Geiger (Buellton, Calif.), but Cal Baptist answered with a score of its own just over a minute later. A 6-on-5 goal from sophomore Garrett Womack (Redlands, Calif.) put Air Force back on top, but the Lancers again scored the equalizer with just 36 seconds remaining in the opening period. However, another man-up goal for the Falcons, this time by Kurt Wallin (Sr., Temecula, Calif.), with four seconds on clock gave Air Force a 3-2 lead and momentum going into the second period.
Wallin scored again in the opening minute of the second quarter to put the Falcons up by two goals, while CBU registered another goal to come back within one. Geiger scored again, putting the Falcons up 5-3 with 4:08 remaining in the half, but the Lancers closed out the stanza with two unanswered scores to tie the game at the break.
Cal Baptist took its first lead of the game midway through the third quarter, while Dillon Fisher (Orange, Calif.) tied the game once more with his first score of the game. The teams continued to trade goals throughout the period, but the Lancers were able to take a 9-8 advantage into the final stanza.
In the fourth quarter, Cal Baptist controlled the offense, scoring three goals. Meanwhile, the Falcons were held to a single score, a tally by sophomore Cruz Smithson (Capistrano Beach, Calif.) in the first minute of the period, as CBU took the 12-9 victory.
Geiger added three assists to his three goals to lead the Air Force offense, while goalkeeper Mike Fish (So., Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tallied six saves and two steals to pace the Falcons’ defensive effort.
The Falcons are back in action tomorrow with a pair of games. First, Air Force will take on Concordia in Riverside at 10:00 a.m. (PT), while traveling to conference foe Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a 6:00 p.m. contest.
No. 16 Cal Baptist 12, No. 19 Air Force 9
Air Force 3 2 3 1 9
Cal Baptist 2 3 4 3 12
AF Scoring: Geiger 3, Wallin 2, Womack, Fisher, Lemmen, Smithson
CBU Scoring: Steiger 4, Toy 3, Troutman 2, Hines 2, Gleason