Falcons Finish Fifth at 2010 WWPA Championship

    Senior Kurt Lemmen
    Senior Kurt Lemmen

    Nov. 21, 2010

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -

    Led by four goals from senior Kurt Lemmen (Orlando, Fla.), the seventh-seeded Air Force water polo defeated fifth-seed Redlands Sunday morning in the fifth-place game at the 2010 Western Water Polo Association Championship, hosted by Santa Clara. With the victory, the Falcons close out the 2010 season with a 13-18 overall record.

     

    Air Force scored the first two goals of the game, with Cruz Smithson (So., Capistrano Beach, Calif.) and Matt Versage (Sr., Merced, Calif.) getting on the board for the Falcons. However, Redlands closed out the opening period with two goals of their own to tie the contest at 2-2.

     

    The Bulldogs grabbed their first lead of the game with a score in the first 30 seconds of the second period, but it was a short-lived advantage, as the Falcons tallied four unanswered goals before the half to take a 6-3 advantage into the intermission.


     

     

     

    Redlands never came closer than two goals the rest of the way, as Air Force pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 4-1.

     

    In addition to Lemmen’s four scores, Smithson and Versage added three goals each. Also getting on the board for the Falcons were Kurt Wallin (Sr., Temecula, Calif.), Dillon Fisher (So., Orange, Calif.) and Taque Patino (Jr., Rockford, Mich.) with a goal each. Air Force also received strong play from sophomore goalkeeper Mike Fish (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), who was credited with 13 stops in the game.

     

     

    No. 7 Air Force 13, No. 5 Redlands 6

    Air Force          2          4          3          4          13

    Redlands          2          1          2          1          6

     

    AF Scoring: Lemmen 4, Smithson 3, Versage 3, Patino, Fisher, Wallin

    UR Scoring: Meany 4, Parsons, Roth

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