April 24, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Air Force water polo team took on four opponents this past weekend, dropping contests to USC, Stanford and the Cal `B' team, while coming away with a 16-14 victory over UC Santa Barbara.
On the Falcons' first game on Saturday, they dropped a 16-10 decision to defending national champion USC. Junior Cruz Smithson (Capistrano Beach, Calif.) led the way for Air Force with three goals and an assist, while Andrew Hamilton (So., Mechanicsburg, Pa.) added two goals. Also scoring for the Falcons were Petar Jackovich (Fr., New Lenox, Ill.), Brad Rajchel (Jr., Winter Park, Fla.), Max Reilly (So., Davis, Calif.), Garrett Womack (Jr., Redlands, Calif.) and Dominic Vicino (Fr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), while Dillon Fisher (Jr., Orange, Calif.) registered two assists.
Smithson registered another hat trick in Air Force's 14-7 loss to Stanford, while Rajchel, Fisher, Womack and Josh Stedman (So., Brea, Calif.) scored the other goals for the Falcons. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Mike Fish (Jr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had a strong performance, recording 18 saves against the Cardinal.
On Sunday, the Falcons played a close game against Cal's `B' team, but were outscored in the opening half in an 11-8 loss. Smithson and Jackovich led Air Force's offense with two goals each, while the other goals came from Stedman, Womack, Vicino and Brad Duncan (So., Fresno, Calif.). Fish had another strong performance in net, registering 17 stops against the Bruins.
Meanwhile, Air Force notched its first victory of the weekend with a 16-14 win over UC Santa Barbara. Smithson continued his outstanding offensive weekend, tallying five goals against the Gauchos, while Fisher added four scores. Jackovich and Rajchel each notched two goals, while Womack, Hamilton and Stedman rounded out the scoring. In goal, Fish recorded his third double-digit save total of the weekend, registering 14 stops in the game.
The Falcons close out their spring schedule this weekend, April 28, when they host Denver Masters in a 10:00 a.m. contest at the Cadet Natatorium.